by Sam Worley
Street parties, beer festivals, a foie gras celebration, and more.
65,000 pounds of ribs and 25 hours of live music are the highlights of North Center’s Ribfest Chicago. Through 6/13, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Damen, Lincoln, and Irving Park, $5.
Cat Cora, on tour with her new cookbook Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, stops in Chicago to help raise funds for Friends’ Health Connection. The event includes a cooking demo, book signing, and Q&A. RSVP required to chicagofarmstand.com. 6-8 PM, Downtown Farmstand, 66 E. Randolph, 312-744-2400, $35.
Sponsored by Drinking & Writing Brewery (“exploring the connection between creativity and alcohol since October 17, 2002”), the sixth iteration of Drinking & Writing Festival is dedicated to beloved Chicago journalist Mike Royko. Speakers include Northwestern prof Bill Savage, urban social scientist Denese Neu, Chicago Bar Project’s Sean Parnell, and special guest David Royko. Noon, Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, 773-334-9851, drinkingandwriting.com, $25, $20 in advance.
Two Brothers Brewing Company celebrates the release of Hop Juice, its double IPA, with For the Love of Hops, a daylong festival that includes rare beer tastings, food, merchandise, and live music. Noon-11 PM, 30W315 Calumet W., Warrenville, 630-393-4800, free ($60 VIP).
At the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Good Eating Stage is dedicated to cooks, their craft, and their books: chefs doing demos include Sweetness author Sarah Levy (6/12, 10:30 AM) and The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book author Kelly Rudnicki (6/13, 11 AM). A full schedule is available here. Through 6/13.
Chef Didier Durand celebrates two years of foie gras freedom—Chicago’s ban was lifted in May 2008—with A Foie Gras Celebration, a five-course meal centered around the fattened duck liver. A 5:30 PM reception features a foie gras martini with Grey Goose vodka, pickled olives with cured foie gras and a crispy skin rim. 5:30 PM, Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar, 546 N. Wells, 312-467-0546, $85.
Wellesley College political science professor Robert Paarlberg, whose most recent book is Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, gives a talk, The Global Politics of Food. Business attire; registration and a reception at 5:30 PM; book signing follows at 7:15 PM. 6 PM, Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren, 312-726-3860, $30.
Veggie Bingo returns to the Hideout, starting tonight and continuing weekly through 9/29. Proceeds benefit Chicago community gardens, with prizes including booze from Death’s Door, gift certificates to New Leaf Natural Grocery, and a weekly grand prize of $25 in produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks. 6 PM, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $1 per card, six for $5.
Josh Adams, chef of the Peoria restaurant June (subject of a recent Reader story), joins North Pond’s Bruce Sherman for June at North Pond, a special one-night, six-course dinner. Dishes include cinnamon-roasted quail breast with rhubarb conserve, foie parfait, and candied hazelnuts; and an apricot-nut tartelette with anise hyssop sorbet and glazed cherries. a6:30 PM, 2610 N. Cannon, 773-477-5845, northpondrestaurant.com, $95 plus tax and tip