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Festa Pasta Vino, a celebration of Italian food and culture featuring food from area restaurants, cooking demos, and parades, starts Thursday from 5-11 PM at 24th and Oakley in Little Tuscany. It continues Friday from 5 PM to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 9 PM. 

Slow Food Chicago leads the 26th Street Neighborhood Food Adventure, a culinary tour starting from the Little Village Arches in front of Panaderia La Baguette (3117 W. 26th), Saturday at 10 AM. $20, $15 members.

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry  hosts the 23rd annual Hunger Walk, which benefits food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that are member agencies of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Saturday at 9:30 AM (registration begins at 8 AM). Walkers leave from Montrose Harbor for a five-kilometer stroll along the lakefront; they're encouraged to collect at least $50 each in donations.

Locavore was declared the word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary, but if you’re still not clear on how to be one, Robert Gardner, founding member of LTHForum.com (where he’s known as Vital Information), explains in Be a Locavore, Put More Local on Your Table, Saturday at 10 AM at Kendall College (900 N. North Branch). He’ll cover not only what to look for at farmers’ markets but also how to find local produce once the markets close for the winter. $2.

West Lakeview Liquors has a free tasting of Rowan's Creek Bourbon, Noah's Mill Bourbon, and Edradour single malt scotch Saturday from 6 to 9 PM. 

The new Bronzeville Community Market, which offers exotic produce and prepared foods as well as locally grown products, starts Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM at Cottage Grove and 44th. There'll be a wellness area with a chiropractor and health screenings every week, and an antiques market on the second Sunday of every month. The market will continue every Sunday through October 26. 

The Halsted Tastes Better street fair, Monday from 6 to 9 PM at Aldine and Halsted, showcases food from restaurants including Ann Sather, Chicago Diner, Firefly, Las Mañanitas, and Yoshi’s Cafe, and features cooking demos from Whole Foods chef Abe Conlon and the Hearty Boys (aka Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith), music from the Jazz Couture ensemble, and “Run for the Rosé,” a contest where servers “test their wine pouring and carrying skills.” $30 ($25 in advance).

Monday from 6 to 8 PM, Mon Ami Gabi holds a tasting of 25 French wines for $25; there'll also be hors d'oeuvres.

Our Daily Bread, a 2005 documentary by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter about food production in a world of high-tech agriculture, screens Monday at 7 PM at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of its free Labor Film Series. A discussion follows.

Catherine Friend signs The Compassionate Carnivore, her guide to farms (organic, sustainable, conventional, factory) and food labels (organic, grass-fed, grain-fed), Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Women & Children First. The book also discusses how animals are raised for meat and how to effect change in the industry.

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