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Neighborhood picnics, farm tours, butchering classes, and more.


A 56-seat luxury bus departs the Wit Hotel on the first leg of A Day in the Country, a tour of Indiana food producers organized by ChicaGourmets. After an initial stop at Vandermolen Blueberry Farm in Rensselaer, participants are treated to a locally-produced lunch, followed by visits to Rob’s Cob and Belstra Milling Pork Farm. 8:30 AM, State and Lake, 708-383-7543,, $59, $39 without the bus.

Chefs Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Shack) and Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Nightwood) feed the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival masses at a two-day-only pop-up restaurant, housed in the shared-use Logan Square Kitchen. Hammel will do coffee and doughnuts, while Kim gives "Country Belly" a whirl, offering fusion finger foods like Asian elotes with curry mayo and lettuce wraps with quinoa, lemongrass chicken, and hoisin barbecue sauce. Cash only. 7/24-7/25, 11 AM-5 PM, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2333.

Mado’s Rob Levitt dismembers a pig in the service of giving guests a how-to on butchering. He’ll talk about each part as it’s processed, then send participants home with a sampling of cuts. 12:30 PM, 1647 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2340, $50.

With help from Slow Food Chicago, executive chef Andrew Zimmerman celebrates Sepia’s third anniversary with a dinner of five courses, each paired with a small-production wine. The appetizer is carpaccio of confit octopus with watermelon, cucumber, sesame, and kimchi; other courses include pan-roasted bass, lamb loin wrapped in cured lamb belly, and a white chocolate-mascarpone tart. Reservations required. 6:30 PM, 123 N. Jefferson, 312-441-1920, $85.

Potter’s Lounge, inside the Palmer House Hilton, hosts an installment of its Secret Spirits Society series focusing on vodka. Beverage manager Patrick Coyne leads attendees through a talk and tasting of varieties from Three Olives, accompanied by snacks from executive chef Phillip Foss. 6-7:30 PM, 17 E. Monroe, 312-726-7500, $25.

Locally produced beverages are incorporated into, and paired with, six courses at Kith and Kin’s Spirited Dinner: chef David Carrier joins reps from Hum Spirits, Rare Tea Cellar, and Ineeka Organic Tea to pair dishes like tea-poached halibut, lemon tea hollandaise and tea-blanched asparagus with a cocktail of Ineeka Green Tea Bier, Hum Botanical Spirit, egg white, and Rare Tea Cellar’s Pharoah’s Lemon tea. Reservations required. 6:30 PM, 1119 W. Webster, 773-472-7070, $65.

Craft brewers collaborate for An Evening in the B.U.F.F., a beer sampler that includes pours from Dogfish Head (Midas Touch, Indian Brown Ale), Victory Brewing Company (Wild Devil, Golden Monkey), and Stone Brewing Company (Russian Imperial Stout, Saison du B.U.F.F.). Snacks are provided. 7:30-10 PM, the Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln, 773-360-8406,, $30.


A five-course Dogfish Head Beer Dinner includes battered and fried pickles with horseradish-crème fraîche dipping sauce, cold potato-leek soup with chive and black truffle salt potato chips, and lamb meatballs with summer squash, ratatouille, and brioche. A reception is at 7 PM, with dinner starting at 7:30. Reservations are required; call 773-528-2240 or e-mail 7 PM, Gaslight Bar & Grille, 2426 N. Racine, 773-528-8226, $30.

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