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Provenance Food & Wine celebrates Riesling Week with free tastings of German, Austrian, and Alsatian varieties at both its stores: today in Lincoln Square (2312 W. Leland, 773-784-2314) and tomorrow in Logan Square (2528 N. California, 773-384-0699). Thu-Fri 5/21-5/22, 6-8 PM.
Blue Sky Inn hosts a Half Acre beer dinner featuring three courses ("serving the flavors of spring") with beer pairings. Reservations required. 7 PM, 4749 N. Albany, 773-478-2233, firstname.lastname@example.org, $22.
The Institute of the Masters of Wine hold its annual Barolo and Barbaresco tasting, with producers including Alario, Silvio Grasso, Grimaldi, Marengo, Pio Cesare, and Scavino. 5-7 PM, Christie's, 75 N. Michigan, suite 3810, 212-636-2266, $50.
At the Chicago edition of Cochon 555, a touring competition and dinner showcasing heritage-breed hogs, Graham Elliot Bowles (Graham Elliot), Chris Pandel (the Bristol), Stephen Dunne (Paramount Room, Volo), Patrick Sheerin (Signature Room), and Sam Burman (Bluprint) will each prepare a pig “from head to toe”; attendees and pro judges pick the winner. There’ll also be demos of butchering and porchetta making, plus wines from Chase Cellars, Van Duzer Vineyards, and others. 5-7:30 PM (VIP reception at 3:30), Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, 404-849-3569, $125, $175 VIP.
David Burke's Primehouse offers discounts and special toppings like lobster slaw on its burgers for "Burker Week," including a $5 burger made from beef dry aged for 40 days and the Foot Long Black Pepper Benton Bacon Burger ($12). Through Sat 5/30, lunch only, reservations recommended. 616 N. Rush, 312-660-6000.
Osteria Via Stato hosts a brewmaster dinner with chef David DiGregorio and Goose Island’s Gregory Hall. The five-course meal with Goose Island beer pairings includes panzanella and spring vegetables with 312 Urban Wheat Ale, braised pork shank with Matilda, a Belgian-style ale, and ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and oatmeal-stout gelato paired with Oatmeal Stout. 6:30 PM, 620 N. State, 312-642-8450, $35 plus tax and tip.