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Karyn Calabrese of Karyn's Fresh Corner (as well as Karyn's Cooked) discusses her thoughts on the raw food movement; there'll be samples of dishes made from raw food. noon, 1901 N. Halsted, 312-255-1590, free.
In conjunction with its current exhibition "The Aztec World," the Field Museum has coordinated Taste of the Aztec World. Through Saturday 1/17, 16 local restaurants will be serving dishes and cocktails inspired by the cuisine of the Aztec empire (some more exotic than others).
Chef-inventor Homaro Cantu, known for innovations like the edible ink-and-paper menus at his restaurant Moto, discusses science, technology, and food with scientist Linda Kawano, his partner in Cantu Designs, in a presentation titled "The Chemistry of Cooking." The discussion is the first in the Ars/Scientia series of conversations on collaboration between artists and scientists. 6-7:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph, 312-744-6630, free.
Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar is celebrating National Pizza Week by offering any two specialty pizzas (normally $8-$13 each) for $14. Also, kids eat free from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Through Fri 1/16, 4:30-10 PM (11 PM Fri), 3358 N. Paulina, 773-248-5222.
Martha Bayne's new Soup and Bread project has gotten a lot of well-deserved attention in the past couple weeks (and will be on again at the Hideout this Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM), but it's not the only free soup in town. The Hull House Kitchen's weekly Rethinking Soup lunch this week features a talk by "tofu master" Yoshiharu Ochida as well as tofu soup. noon-1:30, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted, free.
As part of its week-long Vodka Fest (1/12-1/18) featuring specials on cocktails made with Divine Vodka, Brasserie Jo is offering a Vodka 101 class. Sommelier Erin Phillips will teach participants how to make several vodka cocktails; drink samples and appetizers made with vodka will be served. Reservations required. 7-8 PM, 59 W. Hubbard, 312-595-0800, $1.