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Michael Thompson, director of the Chicago Honey Co-op (a North Lawndale apiary that's part of the Sweet Beginnings employment program for ex-convicts and low-income residents) delivers the lecture Urban Beekeeping: From the Rooftops to the West Side. Part of the Lurie Garden lecture series. 6 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, 78 E. Washington, 312-742-1168, free.
Sheffield's hosts a release party for the 2008 Bourbon County Stout, Goose Island's bourbon-barrel-aged beer, with brewmaster Greg Hall. 7-11 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.
The new Harvest Grill at the Chicago Marriott is making a signature wine with Sangiovese grapes, and it's inviting the public to participate in the grape-crushing portion of the venture. There'll also be a tasting of Grassfields Farms cheddar cheese made by Marriott chefs, and wine. 4:30-7 PM, 540 N. Michigan, 312-245-4707, free.
Caterer Jorgina Pereira discusses wine making and demonstrates how to harvest grapes in the backyard of her Brazilian restaurant, Sinhá. A Brazilian buffet [PDF] at the restaurant follows the demo, with grape caipirinhas and dishes like a grape and pineapple salad with muscatel and mint, and beijinho de coco, grapes rolled in condensed milk and coconut. 5:30 PM demo, 7 PM dinner, 2018 W. Adams, 708-383-7543, $35.
Dual-language private school Lycée Français de Chicago remakes itself into a "traditional French marketplace" for its annual Fall French Market. There are cooking demos throughout the day Saturday from the likes of Charlie Socher and Paul Virant, and vendors will be selling French food and handiwork. Art and antiques dealer Gary Piattoni speaks at a preview Friday evening, which also includes hors d'oeuvres, sparkling wine, and first crack at the goods for sale and . Fri 7-9 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, 613 W. Bittersweet Pl., 773-665-0066, $10 Friday preview, $5 Saturday.
City Provisions Catering hosts a dinner at Faith’s Farm in downstate Bonfield, with a hayride tour of the farm and a talk by Jim Ebel, brewmaster at Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville. The five-course meal, paired with Two Brothers beer, features meat raised at the farm. The bus ride to Bonfield will include snacks; estimated return time is 11 PM. 2 PM, meet at City Provisions, 1820 W. Wilson, 773-235-2489, $125.
The Tour de Champagne features bubbly from more than 20 houses, including Veuve Cliquot, Perrier Jouet, Dom Perignon, and Piper Heidsieck, plus samples of food from a dozen local restaurants. VIP tickets also include dessert crepes, pastries, and cognac. Some of the proceeds benefit Heifer International. 7-10 PM, VIP party 9:30-11:30, Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, 312-787-2200, $120 general admission, $160 VIP.
Even if you're not competing in the Bucktown Apple Pie contest (anxiously awaited by some), you can sample the submissions, listen to live bluegrass, and take part in the silent auction. 2-5 PM, Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley, 773-276-0642, $15 submission fee, free admission.
A harvest party at Sheffield's features six harvest ales on tap, including the three Sierra Nevada Harvest Ales and Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA. 7-11 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.
At Landmark Grill and Lounge's blind tasting of four wines, attendees will first attempt to identify items like mushrooms and blueberries by their smell, then try to identify those smells in the wines they're tasting. The wines will be paired with fruits and vegetables,, bruschetta with wild mushrooms and ricotta, and flatbreads. Reservations recommended. 7-9 PM, 1633 N. Halsted, 312-587-1600, free.