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This Week's Food and Drink Events


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Mitsuwa's bluefin tuna carving demo, a field trip to the Two Brothers Brewing Company, Pinot Days Chicago, the Food & Wine Entertaining Showcase, and more.

Last years tuna carving at Mitsuwa
  • Julia Thiel
  • Last year's tuna carving at Mitsuwa Marketplace

Mitsuwa Marketplace hosts its annual Giant Bluefin Tuna Carving Demonstration, offering attendees the chance to watch expert carvers from Japan reduce a 400-pound tuna to sashimi. The bluefin tuna, which is specially flown in by Mitsuwa without ever being frozen, will be for sale after the demo. Sat-Sun 11/14-11/15, noon-1 PM, 100 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, 847-956-6699, free.

Writer and cooking teacher Nancie McDermott discusses traditional Thai food, focusing on particular ingredients and kitchen equipment, in the talk A Treasure Trove of Thai. The program is followed by a ChicaGourmets luncheon at Big Bowl with wine pairings (12:30 PM, $39, 60 E. Ohio). 10 AM-noon, Chicago History Museum, 1600 N. Clark, 708-383-7543, $5.

Paddy Long's is organizing a tour of the Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville complete with a keg of Two Brothers beer for the bus ride there and back. Participants will have lunch at the brewpub (not included in the event cost) before heading back. noon-5 PM, leave from Paddy Long's, 1028 W. Diversey, 773-290-6988, $20.

Pinot Days Chicago offers pinots from more than 60 producers from around the world as well as tastings of food from local purveyors. Events leading up to Saturday's "Grand Festival" include a winemakers' dinner and tastings at retail stores, see Web site for details. 1-5 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, $50.


Martyrs' hosts a "Hangover From Hell" bloody Mary competition with more than 15 local bartenders; attendees can taste the virgin versions and buy alcohol from the bar to add to their favorites. 12:30-3:30 PM, 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, $5.

Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's discusses his restaurant's success and shares "the secret of what's in a Hot Doug" as well as samples of his sausages and sauces. 1-3 PM, Dominic's Kitchen Store, 116 Main Street, Park Ridge, 847-698-1255, free.


Food & Wine Magazine's annual Entertaining Showcase features tastings from chefs including Grant Achatz, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, Art Smith, Paul Virant, Shawn McClain, and Carrie Nahabedian. 6:30-9:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 212-827-6418, $125, $110 in advance.

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