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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society hosts a tasting of more than 60 rare single-malt scotches Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Union League Club of Chicago. The $120 admission fee ($105 for SMWS members) includes a dinner buffet and premium cigars. Reservations required.
Thursday at 6 PM, chef Christopher Prosperi of the Connecticut restaurant Metro Bis will prepare a three-course tasting and demonstration menu for Cooking With Heart II, a benefit for the Gerber/Hart library. It's at the Whole Foods Market on Halsted, and tickets are $50 per person.
The Royster with the Oyster festival at Shaw's Crab House kicks off Friday with a party at the Schaumburg location from 5:30-7:30 featuring free oysters with the purchase of any Goose Island beer. Oyster Week begins Monday at both locations with nightly oyster-slurping contests, live blues performances, and fresh cold-water oysters on the half shell ($11.95 a dozen, $6.50 for a half). The event culminates Friday, October 19, with a tent party at the Chicago location. From 3 to 10 PM live bands will accompany a shucking competition and the "National Championship Slurp-Off." The party's $10.
Saturday at 10 AM, the Chicago Foodways Roundtable hosts a talk at Kendall College on Learning to Cook in 1898: a Chicago Culinary Memoir, presented by author Eleanor Hudera Hanson and editor Ellen F. Steinberg. Part cookbook, part biography, the book recounts the efforts of a young Jewish housewife living in Chicago at the turn of the century to educate herself about cooking and nutrition. It costs $2.
Alphabet Jell-O, a Rice Krispie treat shaped like a high heel—anything’s possible at the Roosevelt branch library’s Tasteful Reading: Edible Books and Afternoon Tea, Saturday from 1-3 PM. All ages are invited to create an edible "book," which can be any food-based concoction inspired by a favorite novel, story, or poem. Participants won’t get to taste their favorites, but they can vote on them over tea and cookies. Register in advance to submit a design.
The Efferfest World Sparkling Wine Festival, Saturday from 3-6 PM at Pops for Champagne, features more than 30 sparklers from around the world as well as appetizers and Brazilian jazz by Trio Mare. It's $50 per person.
Lake Side Cafe celebrates its two-year anniversary Saturday with free samples in the afternoon, an organic vegan buffet from 6-8 PM, and live music and poetry readings at 8:30. Tickets for the buffet and performances are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Slow Food Chicago hosts an apple dinner Monday at 6:30 at Hot Chocolate. Each of the four courses features a different type of apple from Seedling Fruit and is paired with a Goose Island beer (even dessert). It's $65, not including tax or tip.
Fulton's on the River marks the beginning of stone crab season with a four-course dinner Wednesday at 6 to benefit Chicago Parkways. Chef Rick DeLeon plans to go along on a crabbing expedition in Key West to personally choose the stone crab claws. The dinner costs $95 and includes wine pairings.