This week's food and drink events

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Rick Bayless at the Interview Show, Veggie Fest, a bourbon dinner, and more.

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Celebrity chef Rick Bayless (whose soon-to-open Xoco will focus on Mexican street fare) discusses his ventures with host Mark Bazer at this month’s installment of the Interview Show. Other guests include hip-hop duo Kidz in the Hall, author and Onion film critic Nathan Rabin, and monologuist Susan McLaughlin Karp. 6:30-8:30 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $5.

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Chef and Big Bowl "culinary partner" Bruce Cost discusses his cooking background, books on Asian food, and contributions to the Asian restaurant chain at the Culinary Historians of Chicago talk Asian Culinary Evolution. 10 AM-noon, Big Bowl, 6 E. Cedar, 708-788-0338 or rsvpchc@yahoo.com, $5.

Veggie Fest Chicago, which actually takes place in Naperville, offers cooking demos from Karyn's and Chicago Diner (but will their famous tip jar be there?) as well as health talks, music, and vegetarian fare from more than 100 vendors. Sat-Sun 8/8-8/9, 11 AM-7 PM, Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd, 800-222-2207, free.

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Brian Ellison, owner of Death's Door Spirits, discusses his company's white whiskey, gin, and vodka, which guest bartender Peter Vestinos will be using in cocktails. Samples will be provided. 8-10 PM, In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark, 773-334-9463, $15.

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Sola hosts a Maker’s Mark bourbon dinner of five courses paired with cocktails, including Berkshire pork baby back ribs with pineapple glaze and bacon bread pudding fritters; celery root gnocchi with oxtail, wild mushrooms, and bourbon brown butter; and pecan cake with buttermilk ice cream and Maker’s Mark caramel sauce. 6:30 PM, 3868 N. Lincoln, 773-327-3868, $70 plus tax and tip.

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Chef Jonadab Silva leads a class on how to prepare and cook with green curry paste, as well as how to pair wine with Thai food. Samples of the food and wine will be provided. 7-9 PM, Blind Faith Cafe, 525 Dempster, Evanston, 847-328-6875, $45.

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