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The grand opening of Izakaya Hapa Bar and Lounge, a Glenlivet scotch dinner, the FamilyFarmed Expo, and more.
The grand opening of Izakaya Hapa Bar and Lounge, on the second floor of Sushi Taiyo (formerly Farmerie 58), features a dinner of ginger salad, beef yakitori, chicken teriyaki, and spicy tuna rolls, each paired with a different sake. A ChicaGourmets program. 6 PM, 58 E. Ontario, 708-383-7543, $50.
Glenlivet representative Winston Evans leads a tasting of all six Glenlivet scotches—ranging in age from 12 to 25 years—at the Saloon; they'll be paired with hors d'oeuvres and four courses that include butter-poached langoustines, rack of venison, and dark chocolate and Glenlivet creme brulee. 7-10 PM, 200 E. Chestnut, 312-280-5454, $75 (includes tax and tip).
This weekend's FamilyFarmed Expo (which Martha Bayne will be blogging about here) features Localicious, a party with food from Uncommon Ground, Lula Cafe, Nightwood, Pasticceria Natalina, and others, plus drinks from Death’s Door Spirits, Goose Island, Koval Distillery, and Mary Michelle Winery. Proceeds go to familyfarmed.org, which aims to “expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.” 7-10 PM, $75.
The FamilyFarmed Expo's Local Food Festival includes a pavilion where attendees can learn about CSAs; exhibitors selling and giving out samples of food, alcohol, soap, wool, and more; and a kids’ corner with arts and crafts, story time, face painting, and a lesson on how to read labels. Rick Bayless, Paul Virant, Paul Kahan, Jo Kaucher, and Gale Gand will give cooking demos, and there are about a dozen seminars on subjects from raising chickens in your backyard to preserving food to snout-to-tail cooking (the last moderated by Reader columnist Mike Sula). 10 AM-6 PM, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, $20, $15 in advance, kids under 13 free.
City Provisions Supper Club hosts a "Green Extravaganza" dinner with wines from August Hill Winery and a talk by Cecelia Ungari, director of education for thegreenmama.com, which "aims to inspire greener living." Reservations required. 6:30-9:30 PM, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-293-2489, $65 plus tax and tip.
In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, Feast is "going green" by hosting a tasting of small-batch, sustainable, and organic wines paired with cheeses from the Goddess and Grocer. 7-9 PM, 1616 N. Damen, 773-772-7100, $20.