by Julia Thiel
The TomatoFest Potluck Supper, a cachaça march, Buen Provecho, and more.
At Slow Food Chicago’s annual TomatoFest Potluck Supper, show off your homegrown tomatoes (bring a couple labeled with your name, their variety, and where they were grown) and taste other people’s in potluck dishes (though use of tomatoes isn’t required). There’ll be organic wines and Goose Island beer and soda; wear light-colored clothing and a hat and avoid perfumes since you’ll be near the beehives. 5:30-8 PM, Chicago Honey Co-op, 3740 W. Fillmore, $15 plus a dish to share.
More than 40 vendors offer 250 wines from Gnarly Head, Ravenswood, Sterling, Penfolds, and other wineries at the Windy City Wine Festival; there’ll also be a beer garden, wine seminars, cooking demos, and live music. Ticket price includes ten tastings and a souvenir wineglass. Fri-Sat 9/11-9/12, 4-10 PM, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson, 312-744-3315, $30, $25 in advance, $10 designated driver.
Cellar Rat hosts a free blind tasting of six wines "that you should be drinking but for some reason get ignored." 5-8 PM, 1811 W. North, 773-489-2728.
Beers on tap at the Barley & Hops Fall Festival will include Flying Dog’s Wild Dog barrel-aged imperial porter, Three Floyds’ Moloko Plus, Two Brothers’ Domaine DuPage French-style country ale, and New Holland Brewing Company’s Ichabod Ale. Ticket price includes four samples and a tasting glass. 4-10 PM, Barley & Hops, 18452 S. Halsted, Glenwood, 708-754-9999, $5.
Leblon Cachaça hosts a downtown cachaça march to “legalize cachaça,” a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane. As it happens, cachaça is already legal, but Leblon wants to highlight the fact that although it’s frequently described as Brazilian rum, it’s not—most rum is made from molasses. The march starts at the Gage and continues to the Park Grill (11 N. Michigan) and then McCormick & Schmick’s (1 E. Wacker), with complimentary caipirinhas offered at each stop. There’s also a free caipirinha-making class at the Gage from 3:15 to 4:15; participation’s limited to the first 25 to RSVP to email@example.com. 3 PM, the Gage, 24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243, free.
Cupcake bakery More celebrates its one-year anniversary by giving away signature cupcakes all day and offering a 20 percent discount on all purchases. 10 AM-6 PM, 1 E. Delaware, 773-951-0001.
In honor of Mexico’s independence day, 25 restaurants, cafes, and bakeries in Pilsen will serve samples of their signature dishes at Buen Provecho! Pilsen. Offerings include goat tacos and horchata from Birriera Reyes de Octalan, braised wild boar and an autumn tart from Mundial Cocina Mestiza, smoked trout BLTs from Nightwood, and chicken in mole, empanadas, flan, and more from Nuevo Leon. 5:30-9:30 PM, $30, $25 in advance.
The Green City Market's Melon Fest features food and drink made with locally grown melons by chefs and mixologists including Mark Mendez, Chris Pandel, and Adam Seger. Tastings 9:30-10:30 AM, market 7 AM-1 PM, south end of Lincoln Park, 773-880-1266, free.