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thursday23

Chefs Paul Kahan and Mike Sheerin cook for a Rubissow Wine Dinner at Blackbird celebrating the release of the critically acclaimed 2004 vintage from this sustainable, organic winery. Vintner and general manager Peter Rubissow will be on hand to discuss his company’s wines, which will be paired with a five-course meal. 6:30 PM, 619 W. Randolph, 312-715-0708, $135.

Fiddlehead Cafe offers a special menu of oysters prepared in a variety of ways--for example, poached in champagne and fried in buttermilk with spicy aioli. Reservations required; no set price per person. 5-10 PM, 4600 N. Lincoln, 773-751-1500. 

friday24

Prairie Moon celebrates the release of Goose Island’s 2008 Bourbon County Stout with a party where brewmaster P.J. Fischer will answer questions about the bourbon-barrel-aged beer, available on tap outside the brewpub—which is closing in December—for the first time in years. 7-9 PM, 1502 Sherman, Evanston, 847-864-8328, free.

Ristorante We launches Hip Sip, a monthly party that encourages attendees to browse through boutiques set up in the W Hotel City Center's ballroom and get advice and demos from makeup artists. This month's theme is "The Golden Era of the Sixties;" hors d'oeuvres will include fondue, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and mini deviled eggs, and cocktails will be martinis, sea breezes, and gimlets. 6-8:30 PM, 172 W. Adams, 312-332-1200, $25-35. 

saturday25

The Museum of Science and Industry's fall harvest festival, Home for All Seasons, features a farmers’ market and U. of I. gardeners offering advice on late-season plants, extending garden life, and winterizing. Designers will discuss ecofriendly furniture; kids can get their faces painted by Wicked cast members and trick-or-treat for organic candy around the “Smart Home,” a three-story modular house outfitted with the latest ecofriendly technologies. Costumes encouraged. 10 AM-3 PM, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414, $13, $12 seniors, $9 kids 3-11.

Marilyn Pocius, author of A Cook’s Guide to Chicago, dissects the Argyle Street food markets, then leads a tour of a neighborhood grocery store to check out fresh octopus, rice noodles, durian, and “more kinds of soy sauce than you knew existed.” The group will also stop by Ba Le Sandwich Shop for banh mi and spring rolls. Registration required; you buy your own goodies at Ba Le. 1 PM, Bezazian branch library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 312-744-0019, free.

sunday26

Sheffield's hosts its first chili cook-off; $25 gets you access to six draft beers, a buffet, and of course tastes of the chili submissions. To participate, show up with a Crock-Pot of chili by 1 PM. 1-5 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.

monday 27

Uncommon Ground on Devon hosts its own bash for Goose Island’s 2008 Bourbon County Stout, with free samples and an appearance by brewer Matt Lincoln. 6-8 PM, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, free.

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