by Julia Thiel
The Great Chefs Tasting Party, a launch party for Ineeka's new Green Tea Bier, the first Beer Hoptacular, Koval Distillery tours, and more.
The annual Great Chefs Tasting Party, a fund-raiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago, features tastings by more than 40 chefs, including Mark Mendez (Carnivale), Jimmy Bannos (the Purple Pig), Phillip Foss (Lockwood), and Chris Pandel (the Bristol); drinks are also included. 5-9 PM, Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312-922-2322, $125, $175 with reserved seating.
Growing Home, which provides job training to homeless and low-income individuals through organic agriculture, hosts its annual benefit tonight. A cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a three-course dinner featuring local ingredients; the keynote speaker is Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappe. 5:30-9:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 77 E. Randolph, 312-744-6630, $125.
Ineeka tea company launches its organic Green Tea Bier with a release party featuring Ineeka-tea-infused treats from Swim Cafe and Nice Cream and drinks by Koval Distillery and Star Lounge—and, of course, the beer itself. Reservations are encouraged but not required. 5-8 PM, Lush Wine & Spirits, 1412 W. Chicago, 312-666-6900, free.
Beer Hoptacular, in its first year, offers more than 200 small-batch beers from a few dozen craft brewers, including Flossmoor Station, Mickey Finn's, Left Hand, Magic Hat, and Great Lakes. Each of the three sessions includes food pairings provided by Whole Foods. 6/4-6/5, Fri 6:30-10:30 PM, Sat 1-5 PM and 6:30-10:30 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, 773-561-9500 or 312-559-1212, $45.
A "patio pig roast" at Dunlays on the Square includes unlimited pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, house-made chips, coleslaw, and cornbread, plus $3 pints of Shiner Bock. The Kingfish will perform from noon to 3 PM. noon-5 PM, 3137 W. Logan, 773-227-2400, $16.
Koval Distillery has just started offering tours of its facility that will cover the distilling process and history of distilling and finish up with a tasting of Koval's white whiskeys, liqueurs, vodka, and brandy at In Fine Spirits. The tour lasts one to one-and-a-half hours; reservations required. 2 PM (other upcoming tours are Thu 6/10, 7 PM, Mon 6/14, 7 PM, and Sat 6/19, 2 PM), 5121 N. Ravenswood, firstname.lastname@example.org, $10 (cash only).
Also, tickets for the 10th annual Green City Market BBQ went on sale a couple weeks ago and according to GCM are already 75 percent sold out. The tickets are more expensive than they've been in previous years—about double the price, at $100 apiece—but the lineup is as solid as always, with 80 chefs from Vie, Avec, Spiaggia, Green Zebra, Sprout, Chilam Balam, Topolobampo, and other restaurants. The event is Thu 7/15, 6-8 PM, in Lincoln Park.