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La Madia begins its fall series of cooking classes/wine tastings with pizza making, taught by chef-owner Jonathan Fox. He’ll cover stretching artisanal dough and baking in wood-burning and conventional ovens and demonstrate recipes for a margherita and a wild mushroom pie. The finished pizzas will be paired with wine. Future topics include homemade pasta (10/18), classic Italian sides (11/1), and Italian holiday-party food (11/15). 11 AM-1 PM, 59 W. Grand, 312-329-0400, $30.

Houby Fest in Berwyn marks its 40th anniversary this year. The celebration of the Czech fall tradition of mushroom hunting (houby means “mushroom” in Czech) features potato pancakes and mushroom tamales from local restaurants, Czech beer, and cooking demos. Also: live music, dancing (polka and belly), a parade, carnival rides, and “artistic mushrooms” by local kids on display. Sat noon-10 PM and Sun 1-10 PM, Cermak between East and Ridgeland, Berwyn, 708-484-8000, free.

Sweet Collective celebrates its first anniversary with champagne and samples from all three members of the collective: Rich Chocolates and Candies, the Sugar Syndicate, and Ruth and Phil's Gourmet Ice Cream. 6-9 PM, 5333 N. Lincoln, 773-293-0888, free.

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Food scholar Bruce Kraig and writer and Reader contributor David Hammond lead a tour of the relocated Maxwell Street Market, with Kraig covering the market's history and Hammond commenting on Maxwell Street today. Also check out Hammond's Maxwell Street Market guide. A Chicago Foodways Roundtable program. 10 AM, meet in front of the red Maxwell Street Market sign at the northwest corner of Des Plaines and Roosevelt, 847-432-8255, free.

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The Bluebird hosts an Ale & Stout Harvest Party featuring Goose Island’s Harvest Ale and Bourbon County Stout paired with small plates including suckling pig with apple butter, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon aged goat cheese, and Black Forest cake. 7 PM, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, $35, reservations required.

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