This Week's Food and Drink Events

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A chili cook-off, "Syrah and Swine," appearances by author Dario Castagno, and more.

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Aggie Nehmzow, aka the Tomato Lady, discusses her family’s yearlong project to research and cook with squash in the talk Pumpkins and Squashes: Evolution in an American Family’s Folk Food. 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255, chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com, $2.

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Sheffield’s
hosts its annual chili cook-off under a heated tent in its beer garden. The cover charge includes beer (two beers for attendees, three for contestants) plus samples of the contest entries and a buffet of bar food like quesadillas and pork sliders. To participate, bring a large crock pot of chili to the restaurant by 2 PM the day of the cook-off. 2-5 PM, Sheffield’s, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, $15.

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Dario Castagno, author of Too Much Tuscan Sun: The Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide and A Day in Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide, signs his latest memoir, Too Much Tuscan Wine, which "celebrates the region’s world renowned viniculture and those who joyously imbibe it" as well as a romance with a mysterious American editor. 6 PM, Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N. Michigan, Suite 1450, 312-822-9545, free.

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Dario Castagno makes another local appearance, this one actually involving wine: Salute Wine Bar hosts a tasting of Chianti, Italian olive oil, and artisanal cheese. 6-8 PM, 46 E. Superior, 312-664-0100, $30.

Crofton on Wells presents "Syrah and Swine," a prix fixe menu option of six courses paired with Syrahs. The menu includes smoked pork belly with smoked apple chutney, pork tongue confit, braised pork cheeks, kidney-stuffed puff pastry with prosciutto, and apple cider ice cream with bacon brittle. 5-10 PM, Crofton on Wells, 535 N. Wells, 312-755-1790, $65 without tax and tip.

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