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Scoozi’s annual Tomato Fest starts Friday with a wine tasting ($20) and three-course “tomato-inspired dinner” from 6 to 8 PM ($50 for the wine tasting and dinner package). A market Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM features locally grown heirloom tomatoes and green tomato apple pies as well as bread, fresh pasta, greens, and cheese; chefs John Chiakulas and Eric Young will give cooking demos using tomatoes. Sunday is for the kids (up to age 12), with a tomato stomp and pizza making from 4 to 6:30 PM.

The BBQ & Blues Summer Bash at Sheffield's, Saturday from noon to 6 PM, includes all-you-can-eat house-smoked ribs, pork, and chicken and unlimited craft beer, plus blues by Howard and the White Boys. $20. 

Mahoney's Pub and Grille (551 N. Ogden, 312-733-2121) hosts a "Beer Olympics" Sunday from noon to 10 PM with pub sports like Beer Pong, Flippy Cup, Cornhole, and Quarters, as well as Ping-Pong and pool. Scoring won't be based on alcohol consumption (which is optional) but on a point system; the first place team gets an all-expenses paid trip by limo to Chinatown for dinner at Won Kow restaurant. Teams of six can register until noon Sunday. $100 per team.

A Slow Food Chicago dinner at Le Lan Monday at 6 PM features bobwhite quail with spiced carrot puree and blueberry-balsamic reduction among the four courses, all with wine pairings. $75.

Goose Island's Lincoln Park location hosts a brewmaster dinner to benefit Green City Market Monday at 6:30 PM. Chefs including Paul Virant of Vie, Dean Zanella of 312 Chicago, and Paul Kahan of the Publican (which is apparently slated to open the same day) will prepare dishes like goat milk ricotta gnocchi with zucchini blossoms, yellow tomatoes, and pancetta. Each menu item will be paired with a Goose Island beer. $150.

Executive chef Michael Grieb and wine director Mark Wrobel of Fox & Obel and Brad Fuller of Paramount Merchants lead a BBQ and Beer Class Tuesday from 6 to 7 PM at Fox & Obel, pairing six craft brews with samples of “BBQ-inspired foods” from the store. Among the offerings: Napa cabbage and Granny Smith apple slaw with Blanche de Bruxelles, chicken and mango quesadillas with New Holland Zoomer Wheat Ale, and Gunthorp Farms pulled pork panini with Abita Amber Ale. $20.

Tim Laird, “Chief Entertaining Officer” of Brown-Forman Corporation, presents Mistology: The Science Behind the Cocktail, Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM at the Mid-America Club's Aon Center (200 E. Randolph, 80th fl.). He’ll address enigmas like how to keep carbonation in champagne and why bartenders always pour in alcohol before the mixer, as well as taking questions. After the presentation participants can practice mixing cocktails and nosh on appetizers. All proceeds go to the human rights organization Heartland Alliance. $15.

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