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Mixologist Adam Seger kicks off his monthly cocktail lessons with two drinks featuring agave nectar: the Margarita Organica and the Winter Citrus and Sea Salt Cazuela. There’ll be appetizers as well as cocktail samples. Thu 1/15, 5:30-6:30 PM, Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron, 312-664-2727, $15 plus tax and tip.
Green City Market celebrates its reopening with a sold-out Snout to Tail event featuring dishes prepared with pork from the market. You can sign up now for the next few months’ events; all are free but require an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. February features meat and potatoes, March artisanal cheeses, April bacon and eggs. 8 AM-1 PM, first and third Saturdays through 4/18, Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-880-1266, free.
Alliance Française offers a class on gratins, exploring techniques for making the browned crust through recipes including root vegetable gratin, tomato gratin, and winter fruit gratin. Sat 1/17, 10 AM-12:30 PM, 810 N. Dearborn, 312-337-1070, $85, $75 members.
The Beer School Beer Festival at Sheffield's features craft beers--including four firkins of cask-conditioned ale-- from Bells, Three Floyds, Lefthand, Allagash, Surly, and ten other breweries, plus appetizers. Reservations recommended. 1-4 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, $40 (includes 12 drink tickets).
Cellar Rat is holding a pizza and wine tasting with eight wines—from the dry Italian reds typically paired with pizza to white wines—and pizza from Piece. Sat 1/17, 3-6 PM, 1811 W. North, 773-489-2728, free.
Zocalo hosts a Margarita Making Class and Taquiza Tasting featuring Herradura tequila in an organic margarita and a margarita with Cointreau and black cherry reduction. A “traditional taquiza” station offers braised beef barbacoa and cochinita pibil; there’ll also be sopes, flautitas, tamales, ceviche, and guacamole. Wed 1/21, 6-9 PM, 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, $20.
Fox & Obel celebrates the Chinese New Year with a cooking class inspired by Chinese street food, including vegetable egg rolls with sweet-and-sour dipping sauce, lo mein noodles with ginger grilled prawns, steamed pork buns, and homemade fortune cookies. Glass of wine included. Wed 1/21, 6-7:30 PM, 401 E. Illinois, 312-410-7301, fox-obel.com, $45.