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This week's food and drink events


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Taste of Romania, a corn celebration, clambake, and more.



Taste of Romania boasts 150 pigs, 150 lambs, and a 1,000-pound ox roasted on spits, plus stuffed cabbage, mititei (handmade skinless sausage), and fresh-stomped grape juice. There's also music, dancing, and grape stomping. Sat-Sun 8/29-8/30, 11 AM-10 PM, 3600 N. California, 773-616-0070, $12.

“No forks allowed” at the crab boil at Lush Wine and Spirits, which includes all-you-can-eat Maryland blue crab, corn, andouille sausage, and white wine. Reservations required. 6-9 PM, 1257 S. Halsted, 312-738-1900, $60.

Lillstreet Art Center’s Corn Celebration, the culmination of a planting-cum-installation by artists Bill Friedman and Catherine Schwalbe-Bouzide, features a corn roast, CornBill’s popcorn, a cupcake-eating contest with corn cupcakes from Angel Food, a cornrow artist from Nappy Headz, “agriculturally inspired body art,” and appearances by the Cornettes, urban agriculture advocates who dress up as corn. 2-6 PM, 4401 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-4226, free.


Goose Island and Slow Food Chicago host a Pig Extravaganza, with a pig roast and other preparations of locally raised pork by Mike Sheerin (Blackbird), Pat Sheerin (Signature Room), John Manion (Goose Island), Chris Pandel (the Bristol), and others. There’ll also be veggie fare, Goose Island beer, and guided tours of the brewery. 3-7 PM, Goose Island Brewery, 1800 W. Fulton, $55.

Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit that aims to “bring families back to the table” by promoting good eating, holds its annual benefit dinner, Corks & Crayons. In addition to selections from Uncommon Ground’s menu, there’ll be wine, beer, and cocktails for the adults, a mini farmers’ market for kids, a gardening demo, and tours of Uncommon Ground’s organic rooftop farm. 4-7 PM, Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, 312-925-9599, $55 adults, $25 ages 13-21, $12 ages 5-12, under 5 free.


Fulton's on the River hosts its last clambake of the season, with all-you-can-eat stoneneck and razor clams, green lip mussels, corn on the cob, and jalapeño-cheddar corn bread, plus two Hoegaarden beers. 5-8 PM, 315 N. LaSalle, 312-822-0100, $22.