by Julia Thiel
Forgotten Fruits of the Great Lakes, a Garfield Farm Museum tour and lecture, Michael Pollan, and more.
The Berghoff's Oktoberfest continues through Friday, with German food, Berghoff beer, and Bavarian polka performances by the Johnny Wagner Band. 11 AM-9 PM, Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn), no admission fee.
Benjamin Wallace discusses his 2008 book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, the story of what may be the world’s most notorious case of wine forgery, involving an alleged 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, purportedly from Thomas Jefferson’s collection, which was sold at auction in 1985 for a record-breaking £105,000. 6 PM, Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan, 312-443-3600, free.
Slow Food Chicago hosts Forgotten Fruits of the Great Lakes, a tasting of heritage fruits, hard and sweet ciders, cheese, and bread. Gary Nabhan, founder of the Renewing America’s Food Traditions Alliance; Ben Watson, author of Cider, Hard and Sweet; and local farmers will talk about the importance of heirloom fruit. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project. 6 PM, Southport Grocery & Cafe, 3552 N. Southport, 773-665-0100, $25.
At the lecture Corn: 1840s Agricultural Snapshot, a Chicago Foodways Roundtable program, Garfield Farm Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer covers the history of corn, including the types used in the 1840s and how farmers manipulated them to create today’s varieties. A 12:30 PM tour of the farm precedes the lecture. Reservations required. 2-3:30 PM, Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., LaFox, email@example.com, $8.
Michael Pollan discusses his latest book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. A signing follows the talk. Reservations required. 2 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-835-8261, $40.