A coffee exhibit at the Notebaert Nature Museum, the Logan Square Kitchen Pastry Market, the Vintage Strong Beer Fest at Delilah's, and more.
At the Marriott's mixology class, participants learn to make three cocktails, each to be drunk with a paired dish: the Death’s Door Vesper (vodka, gin, and Lillet Blanc; with crab cakes and blood orange-fennel salad), the North Shore Bee’s Knees (gin, honey, and lemon; with bacon-wrapped chestnuts), and the Templeton Manhattan (Templeton rye, Carpano Antica, bitters, and a cherry; with Monte Cristo sandwiches). 4-7 PM, Marriott Hotel, 540 N. Michigan, 312-836-0100, $10.
The Notebaert Nature Museum’s newest exhibit, The Birth of Coffee, opens today. It features black-and-white photos by Daniel Lorenzetti of coffee growers in Brazil, Ethiopia, Yemen, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Kenya, accompanied by narrative text by Linda Rice Lorenzetti (the two have also published a book by the same name). Through 5/9, Mon-Fri 9 AM-4:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100, $9, $7 students and seniors, $6 kids 3-12, Thursdays free.
At a one-day Pastry Market, vendors including FIG Catering, Floriole Bakery, Katherine Anne Confections, Macaron Chicago, Nice Cream, Rare Bird Preserves, and Tinycakes will sell pastries, cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, and more. RSVP requested. 10 AM-3 PM, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2333.
Juicy Wine Co. and Celestial Kitchens cohost a free wine tasting and sale of baked goods including mini chocolate cream pies, raspberry-mocha tarts, and truffles. noon-4 PM, 694 N. Milwaukee, 312-492-6620.
The 12th annual Vintage Strong Beer Fest at Delilah’s features more than 100 beers, mostly strong ales, from about 50 breweries. Among the offerings are Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, Orkney SkullSplitter, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, ten vintages of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine, and a 2004 vintage of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale aged in barrels previously used for Lagavulin scotch. Admission includes 20 one-and-a-half-ounce samples. Noon-5 PM, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, $20.
The homebrew club Urban Knaves of Grain host its 15th annual crawl, which this year is an exploration of pubs found close to Damen Avenue. After lunch at the Bad Apple (4300 N. Lincoln), stops include Laschet’s Inn (2119 W. Irving Park), Village Tap (2055 W. Roscoe), Piece (1927 W. North), the Map Room (1949 N. Hoyne), and Moonshine (1824 W. Division). 1 PM, meet at the Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln, 312-622-6285.
Two Brothers Brewing Company owners Jim and Jason Ebel will attend a Sheffield's Beer School session featuring a vertical tasting of four vintages of their Bare Tree Weiss Wine, a barleywine-style beer brewed with wheat and barley and aged in oak for a year. 7 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, $20.