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Heads Up: This week and beyond

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Dining Out for Life, the national benefit for AIDSCARE, comes to Chicago on Thursday. Eat at any of the dozens of participating restaurants, and a portion of your tab goes to help people living with HIV/AIDS.

Thursday from 6:30 to 9 PM is the Jarvis Square Wine Affair with Alpana Singh. Forty wines from around the world and hors d'ouevres will be on offer at Taste Food & Wine. $35 (part of the proceeds go to Dining Out for Life).

Cob Connection, which seeks to foster community by promoting sustainability, hosts a fund-raiser with food, music, and activities Saturday from 4 to 7 PM at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. It'll benefit their latest project, creating a community farm and building an outdoor classroom using alternative materials like corncobs and straw bales in partnership with the YMCA. $10.

Saturday at 10 AM at Kendall College (900 N. North Branch), the Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents a screening of One in a Million: the Cock Robin and Prince Castle Story [click on "Foodways"], a documentary by Naperville Community Television about the now defunct suburban fast-food institution variously called Cock Robin and Prince Castle. Afterward the son of the founder, Walter Fredenhager Jr., will give a talk that covers, among other things, why the stores used square scoops for ice cream, how they influenced McDonald’s, why the company changed its name, and what remains of it today. $3.

Gabriel Magliaro, founder of the eight-month-old local Half Acre Beer Company, is celebrating his lager’s availability at the Heartland Cafe by doing a walk for charity—with beer. For the Half Acre Hike Saturday starting at 4 PM at Monroe Harbor, he’ll tote a case nine miles up the lakefront to the Heartland; sponsors’ donations benefit First Slice, a nonprofit that provides restaurant-quality meals to the needy. Supporters are welcome to join the walk and hit the afterparty at the Heartland starting around 8 PM.

Mary Lou and Robert Heiss discuss and sign their book, The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, Sunday from 2 to 5 PM at Palette & Chisel. The ChicaGourmets program [PDF] also features Ceylon tea from Liif Tea, munchies like smoked salmon profiteroles and roasted pork tenderloin, and wine. $59. 

The Lakeview location of Pastoral hosts Artisan Breadmaking 101 with Jory Downer of Bennison’s Bakery, a certified master baker who won a gold medal in the 2005 World Cup of Baking in Paris, Tuesday at 7:30 PM. The fee for the class benefits Our Daily Bread, a joint initiative by Pastoral and Bennison’s to support the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. $40.

Dr. Abraham Kocheril of UIC will be at South Loop Wine Cellar Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 PM to explain the health benefits of drinking wine. There will, of course, be a wine tasting as well. $10.

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