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The Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Civilized Dining Philosophies, a talks by Colleen Taylor Sen, who’ll discuss the origin and role of vegetarianism in the Jain religion, and Bruce Kraig, who’ll examine our unwillingness to eat pets, arguing against the taboo in order to "persuade one and all to dig into a good plate of doggie." 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255, $2.

French chocolate maker Benjamin Desmartins discusses how botanists, farmers, chocolatiers, and candy makers contribute to the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate in the presentation and tasting High-Quality Chocolate: A Long Chain of Excellence. Part of the Festival de la Francophonie. 3 PM, Alliance Française, 810 N. Dearborn, 312-337-1070, $20.

tuesday17

Brasserie Jo continues its Beer Education series with a class featuring beers from Belgium's Urthel Brewery, including Hop-It, Samaranth Quad, Tripel Ale, and Bock. Brewer Hildegard van Ostaden will discuss the brewery's history and lead the tasting; there will also be appetizers. Reservations required. 59 W. Hubbard, 312-595-0800, $1.

wednesday18

Soup and Bread, the weekly soup dinner at the Hideout to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, is entering its final few weeks. Today's soups will be prepared by Michael Nagrant and five others; the next couple weeks will feature dessert in addition to soup and bread. April 1 is the last day, and organizer Martha Bayne says they're on track to meet her goal of raising $2,000 for the food depository. 5-8 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, free but donations are encouraged.

Zocalo hosts a tequila tasting and guacamole demonstration with samples of Cazadores blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas (solo and in cocktails) as well as a taquiza station featuring beef barbacoa and cochinita pibil. Chef Gustavo Castañeda will demonstrate how to make his “trio de guacamole,” which includes tradicional, rojo, and fruta guacamoles. 6-9 PM, 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, $20.

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