by Julia Thiel
The Chicago Beer Society's first event, a vertical tasting of Bourbon County Stout, a wood-stove cooking class, and more.
The first event for the new Chicago Beer Club is a joint effort with the Chicago Wine Club, and will offer unlimited samples of beer and wine as well as light appetizers. 6-9 PM, Red Canary, 695 N. Milwaukee, 773-868-0126, $40, $30 in advance.
Chicago Restaurant Week, for which 160 restaurants offer three-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $32, kicks off today and continues through Sun 2/28. Some of the more popular spots are already booked up, especially on weekends, but there are still reservations available at most places.
Reps from Goose Island will be on hand to discuss Bourbon County Stout at this vertical tasting of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 vintages (a limited amount of 2005 will also be available). 8-10 PM, Long Room, 1612 W. Irving Park, 773-665-4500, $12 for a flight of three-ounce pours (2007-2009 vintages).
Living history museum Primrose Farm, modeled after a Depression-era farm, offers a three-hour wood stove cooking class; participants will collaborate on, and then eat, a traditional meal. 9 AM-noon, Primrose Farm, 5N726 N. Crane Rd., Saint Charles, 630-513-4370, $20 for Saint Charles residents, $30 for non-residents.
"Sugar artist" Mark Seaman gives a Culinary Historians of Chicago talk, The Bittersweet History of Chocolate in France. Attendees, who’ll receive as "reference materials" a sampling prepared by the French Pastry School, will hear about about how the stuff goes from bean to bar, the meanings of types and terms (bittersweet, single origin), and stories of the chocolatiers who indulged members of the French monarchy. 10 AM-noon, Lexington College, 310 S. Peoria St., 708-788-0338, email@example.com, $5.
Rick Belding, head of the fruit and vegetable collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden, discusses organic cultivation of backyard apple trees, sharing specifics on how the Botanic Garden cares for its organic orchards. Attendees can sample heirloom apples and buy trees (to pick up later). 2-4 PM, McDonald Farm Historic Clow House, 10S404 Knoch Knolls, Naperville, 630-397-9434, $20.
In honor of National Margarita Day, restaurant and tequila bar Zocalo will feature a special drink menu including margarita flights and cocktails created specially for the occasion, like the 1942 Margarita, made with Don Julio 1942 tequila, agave nectar, and lime juice, and the Black Cherry Margarita. 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5-10 PM, Zocalo, 358 W. Ontario St., 312-302-9977.
Chef John Manion will be preparing a whole pig for his Chimay dinner; the four courses—each paired with a Chimay beer—include charcuterie, braised pork ragu with papardelle, porchetta with roasted garlic whipped potatoes and winter greens, and a bacon, walnut, and chocolate tart. 7:30-9:30 PM, Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago, 312-850-2700, $60.