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This Week's Food and Drink Events

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A paella parade, an apiary tour, an absinthe tasting, and more.

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thursday17
At El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade, a party on the rooftop of Whole Foods Lincoln Park, chefs from around Chicago show off their skill with the eponymous Spanish rice dish. Tickets include paella tasting, wine pairings, music by Shana Petrone, a fashion show, and a raffle. 6-9 PM, 1550 N. Kingsbury, 312-642-5097, $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

friday18
The Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck Supper is hosted by Chicago Honey Co-op, an "urban apiary dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices." Bring a side dish or dessert to share; the co-op and co-sponsor Slow Food Chicago provide beer, wine, soft drinks, and bread and salmon. Since tours of the apiary are part of the event, the organizers suggest wearing light-colored clothing and a hat, and forgoing perfume or cologne. Order tickets here. 6-9 PM, 3740 W. Fillmore, $15.

saturday19
Chicago Foodways Roundtable turns its attention northward with O Canada, a discussion on Canadian cuisine and culinary tradition. Chad Rubel moderates, and the panel includes Trib writer Judy Hevrdejs, Beth Fisher, Patrick La Reviere, and Erika Dufour. E-mail chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com to reserve a spot. 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, $3.

Culinary instructor Rebecca Wheeler leads a three-hour Argyle Avenue tour, visiting Asian markets, bakeries, and restaurants to try banh mi, iced coffee, pastries, and roast duck and discuss ingredients for Asian cooking. Meet at Argyle and Broadway. 11 AM, $55.

Growing Home’s Wood Street Urban Farm hosts Growing a Green, Healthy Neighborhood, a Chicago Public Radio event featuring a talk by Harry Rhodes, director of the Englewood farm; a cooking demo with chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush, and a guided tour. Prior to the main event, a Fork and the Road bike-and-eat tour will visit Kendall College and A Tavola and their respective gardens before heading to the farm (10 AM, meet at Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, $65). 2 PM, 5814 S. Wood Street, $15, $10 students, kids under 12 free.

sunday20
An absinthe tasting at Delilah’s, featuring all 20 brands currently available in the U.S., is part of the bar’s second annual celebration of Vincent van Gogh’s birthday; films related to the artist will screen all night. 6-9 PM, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, no cover, $30 for the tasting.

monday21
Slow Food Chicago, Uncommon Ground, and Goose Island host a four-course Brewmaster's Dinner, served family-style with beer pairings. Dishes prepared by chef Brian Millman include a Demolition-braised Prince Edward Island mussel appetizer; pork tenderloin with herb spaetzle, pickled vegetables, and mustard pork jus; and, for dessert, butter cake with cinnamon and black peppercorn ganache, malted chocolate gelato, and almond tuile. A portion of the proceeds benefit Slow Food. 6:30 PM rooftop reception, 7 PM dinner, Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, $75.

wednesday23
Rock Bottom’s Pig Out Around the World Beer Dinner boasts seven “pork-centric” courses with beer pairings, including dehydrated, fried pork skin with cayenne; chile-roasted pork butt with purple potatoes; apple-smoked pork cheek with sauteed clams; and sugar-cured-bacon and maple ice cream. 6 PM, Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand, 312-755-9339, $45 plus tax and tip.

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