by Julia Thiel
The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, Alton Brown, Half Acre beer, and more.
In honor of its fifth anniversary, Lincoln Park's Austrian Bakery & Deli is hosting a wine tasting with complimentary Austrian food and pastries. 5-7 PM, 2523 N. Clark, 773-244-9922, free.
Beers from Half Acre brewery—lager, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, and “American-style bitter” Over Ale—will be paired with pumpkin and goat cheese gnocchi, lamb sausage sliders, and duck confit tacos, with chocolate-huckleberry creme brulee and a specialty cocktail for dessert, at this beer tasting. Reservations required. 6-8 PM, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680, $15.
Science-of-cooking expert Alton Brown signs his latest book, Good Eats: The Early Years, featuring recipes and techniques from his Food Network show, Good Eats. 7 PM, Borders, 830 N. Michigan, 312-573-0564, free.
The "Chef Tasting Party" at the annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball features tastings of food from dozens of high-profile chefs including Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, Mike Sheerin, Phillip Foss, and Radhika Desai, plus cocktails, beer and wine, and live music (tickets for the Chef's Table are sold out). 8 PM-12:30 AM, Macy's, 111 N. State Street, $100.
At the Culinary Historians of Chicago program Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine, New School food studies prof Andrew F. Smith discusses the events in U.S. history that caused us to shift from eating mostly locally produced, homemade, organic food to globally produced, factory-made, processed food. 10 AM-noon, Lexington College, 310 S. Peoria, 708-788-0338, firstname.lastname@example.org, $5.
The annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, a fund-raiser for Holstein Park, pits amateur chefs against pastry pros—watch the competition, then taste the entries for a few bucks a slice. There’s also live music by Tangleweed, a silent auction, and a raffle. 2-5 PM, Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley, 312-742-7554.
Chefs from 20 restaurants, including David Burke’s Primehouse, Bleeding Heart Bakery, Carnivale, and Heaven on Seven, will contribute dishes for Cooking Up a Cure, a benefit for the Scleroderma Foundation with live music and a silent auction. 5:30-8:30 PM, Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, 312-660-1131, scleroderma.org, $100.