Five students from Kendall College, the International Culinary School at the Illinois Institute of Art--Chicago, and the International Culinary School at the Art Institutes International Minnesota compete in the "Almost Famous Chef" regional competition for a chance to proceed to the finals in Napa in March. You can taste the creations of the competitors and hear the winner announced at a reception afterwards (the competition itself isn't open to the public). 5:30-8 PM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 917-599-6308, free.
At a Seven Hills Winery tasting, winery owner and winemaker Casey McClellan discusses and samples out several wines from the Walla Walla-based winery, including the pinot gris, Riesling, viognier, and merlot. 6:30-8:30 PM, C-House, 166 E. Superior, 312-523-0923, $32.
Northwestern sociology professor Gary Alan Fine discusses the latest edition of his 1996 book Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work, a “sociological residence in restaurant kitchens.” 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 312-642-4600, $2.
Goose Island brewer Greg Hall kicks off the Publican’s monthly beer dinner series with a Goose Island Beer Dinner, pairing Saison d’Espoir, Juliet, Madame Rose, Matilda, and Bourbon County Stout with dishes including mussels with orange and chile and game bird with blood sausage. Future beer dinners, on last Sunday of the month, feature Three Floyds, Flossmoor Station, and others. 5-10 PM, the Publican, 845 W. Fulton, 312-733-9555, $45 for dinner plus $20 for the beer.
To celebrate Australia Day TipsyCake’s Naomi Levine leads a tour of her pastry kitchen and serves favorite dishes from her native Australia, including wattleseed beef burgers and banoffee pie, paired with Aussie wines. 4 PM, TipsyCake, 1043 N. California, 847-571-1499, chicagourmets.org, $28.
Mado hosts a five-course family-style dinner with a whole pig from Slagel Family Farm; Jason Vincent of Lula Cafe will be joining chefs Rob and Allie Levitt to prepare the meal. As usual, it's BYOB. 6 PM, 1647 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2340, $65 (not including tax and tip).
Caribou Coffee baristas compete to make the most accurate, best-tasting drinks in the least amount of time. To sign up as to be a guest judge and taste the results, call the store. 7 PM, Caribou Coffee, 2453 N. Clark, 773-327-9923, free.
Martha Bayne's Soup and Bread series, a free weekly dinner to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, continues this week with Omnivorous columnist Mike Sula as one of chefs; he'll be joined by Swim Cafe and Reader contributors Mike Gebert and David Hammond. Pork will surely make it onto the menu in some form. 5-8 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433.