by Julia Thiel
A guided tour of Kendall College's Culinary Curiosity Exhibition, a tasting of Neal's Yard cheeses, a tour of Indiana farms, and more.
A champagne and gelato pairing class also covers the basics of wine and champagne tasting and how to select champagne. 7-8:30 PM, Let Them Eat Chocolate, 5306 N. Damen, 773-574-5410, $55.
Curator Victoria K. Matranga guides a tour of Kendall College’s Culinary Curiosity Exhibition, featuring antique food preparation equipment donated by retired food scientist Mel Mickevic and his wife, Janet. A Chicago Foodways Roundtable program; reservations recommended. 10 AM, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255, firstname.lastname@example.org, $2.
ChicaGourmets’ "A Day in the Country" tour of Indiana farms starts at Vandermolen Blueberry Farm for berry picking and a demo of harvesting and processing. After a “country lunch” including local pork, corn, tomatoes, and blueberries, the tour moves on to Rob’s Cob Family Sweet Corn, Belstra Milling Pork Farm, and Bos Family Dairy Farms in time for the evening milking. Bus leaves State and Lake at 8:30 AM, tour starts at Vandermolen at 10:30 AM, 4501 W 800 North, Rensselaer, 708-383-7543, $59, $39 without bus ride.
Restaurants participating in the inaugural Taste of River North include Prosecco, Zocalo, and Ai Sushi. There’s a “family fun area” with pet activities and music by Cracker, and others (see Music). Sat 7/18, 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 7/19, 11 AM-7 PM, Erie Park, 630 N. Kingsbury, $5 suggested donation.
David Lockwood and Raef Hodgeson of Neal's Yard Dairy discuss the British company's traditional farmstead cheeses and offer samples of several paired with Goose Island beers. 7 PM, Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn, 312-915-0071, $20.
Teen chefs in the job-training program After School Matters prepare a "Taste of Southeast Asia" meal with help from chef Abraham Conlon. On the menu: a Thai shrimp skewer, rice noodles with vegetables and lemongrass beef, and coconut pudding with tropical fruits. BYOB. 6-8 PM, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 773-472-6469, $20.