The prerelease of Ranger, New Belgium's first IPA; a Cooking for Sustainability workshop; a cocktail party at Drinks Over Dearborn; and more.
Vital Bridges, a local organization that helps people affected by HIV and AIDS, hosts Vital Nights at the Tasting Room, a fund-raiser with beer, cocktails, wine, and hors d'oeuvres as well as a raffle. 6-8 PM, 1415 W. Randolph, 312-942-1313, $30, $25 in advance.
To celebrate its mention in Food & Wine magazine, Drinks Over Dearborn is hosting a party with cocktails by Peter Vestinos, food from "a surprise guest chef," and tastings of Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18, and 21-year scotches led by "brand ambassador" Freddy May. Half of the ticket cost will go to the Red Cross. 7-10 PM, 650 N. Dearborn, 312-227-9463, $50.
New Belgium officially releases its first IPA, Ranger, on February 1 (it'll be available retail in bottles as well as on tap in some bars). For those who want a taste in advance, Will's Northwoods Inn is holding a prerelease party with $4 pints and $15 pitchers of the brew; the same prices will also be offered on Sunday. 8 PM, 3030 N. Racine, 773-528-4400.
Erin Dunscomb and Alee Hoffman of the nutritional counseling company Dynamic Duo lead a Cooking for Sustainability workshop on how to cook "foods that benefit both the environment and the people responsible for producing your food." Samples, recipes, and fair-trade wine will be provided. 6:30-8 PM, Greenheart Shop, 1911 W. Division, 312-236-4491, $15.
Paul Virant's Tasting Tour of Truffles is a six-course meal featuring black truffles (from the Perigord region of France), including truffled lobster en papillote, a chicken and truffle scotch egg, and a honey and truffle butter cake. 6 PM, Vie, 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, 708-246-2082, $210, $260 with wine pairings.