The Local Tourist's first Restaurant Week, Stout Fest at Quenchers, sausage-making demos at Kline Creek Farm, a release party for Bell's Hop Slam, and more.
For the Local Tourist’s first Restaurant Week, which runs through the 15th, 18 spots will offer three-course prix fixe menus for $25 at lunch and $35 at dinner. Ten percent of the tab goes to the pediatric cancer research fund Endure to Cure. Participants include Gemini Bistro, Hearty, LM Le Restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, Province, and Sabor Saveur.
Through the end of January, Quenchers is offering 16 stouts on tap—including Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout, and Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout—as part of its Stout Fest. The 20 featured stouts (a few are in bottles) are divided into groups of five, and you get a free beer for each group you complete. 2401 N. Western, 773-276-9730.
Kline Creek Farm, which offers educational programs on how people farmed and lived in the late 19th century, has a sausage-making program this Saturday and Sunday. Participants will learn about the butchering process 100 years ago and watch the sausage being stuffed into casings and then smoked. Sat-Sun 1/9-1/20, demonstrations begin on the half hour from 12:30-3:30 PM, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, 630-876-5900, free.
At the Bell's Hop Slam 2010 Release Party at Sheffield's, the first kegs in Chicago of the 10 percent ABV brew will be tapped. In addition, a firkin of the brewery's Expedition Stout will be available and all bottles of Bell's beer will be $1 off. 7-11 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.
Vinci’s January four-course wine dinner features wines from Tuscany and Molise paired with cured salmon carpaccio, braised duck ravioli, braised short ribs with farro and roasted root vegetables, and roast pear with cinnamon ice cream and caramel. 7-9:15 PM, Vinci, 1732 N. Halsted, 312-266-1199, vincichicago.com, $45.