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This Week's Food and Drink Events


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Berry dinners, garden tours, wine classes, and more.

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May Street Market chef Alex Cheswick celebrates the berry: with Seedling Fruit’s Peter Klein, he hosts a four-course Very Berry Dinner featuring dishes like summer salad with a blackberry popsicle; grilled tilapia with a black olive crust and gooseberry emulsion; and, for dessert, berry gazpacho served with rhubarb sorbet, steel-cut oat crumble, and wild honey ice cream. Reservations are suggested. 6 PM, 1132 W. Grand, 312-421-5547, $29.

Author and sommelier John Laloganes encourages the marriage of oeno- and pizza-philia at Pizza + Wine = A Perfect Pair. The free event includes a guided tasting of a number of wines, paired with pies from Sapore di Napoli. 6-8 PM, WineStyles, 1433 W. Belmont, 773-549-2227,

Urban sustainability initiative Cob Connection invites riders to “follow the evolution of a local food system” with Bike the Farm, a guided ride that includes stops at the organization’s four urban farm sites. Afterward, Cob serves a locally grown vegetarian meal in its candelit garden. BYO bike, or ride one of ten provided by the Working Bikes Cooperative. RSVP over the phone or on-line. 6-8 PM, 3510 W. Franklin, 773-346-1205, $20.

More than two dozen chefs, creameries, and pastry artists—including Efrain Cuevas, Ina Pinkney, Black Dog Gelato, Nice Cream, and Trader’s Point Creamery—create ice creams for sampling at the second annual Chicago Luxury Ice Cream Festival. The two-day event also features demos, workshops, and a chefs’ competition called the Great Chicago Brain Freeze. Through Sunday. 7/30-31, 7-10 PM, Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, $25.

German-style beer from Great Lakes Brewing, Mickey Finn’s, New Belgium Brewing, Three Floyds, and more are on tap at Deutschland uber Ales and Lagers, a celebration of German-style beer. Admission includes a tasting glass and beer samples, as well as bratwurst, spaetzle, and chicken schnitzel provided by Laschet’s Inn. Purchase tickets online. 1-5 PM, DANK-Haus, 4740 N. Western, 773-561-9181, $45.

Part of Webster’s Wine Bar’s ongoing educational series, Wine 102 focuses on “the fundamental structures of wine.” Sommelier and wine instructor Jill Mott leads class participants in a tasting, the goal of which is to understand the interplay of tannins, acidity, sweetness, and the like. Call for reservations. 7:30 PM, 1480 W. Webster, 773-868-0608, $40.

La Trattoria del Merlo marks the launch of a new menu by giving it away. At the restaurant’s Free Festa for the Neighborhood, passers-by can sample small plates like rabbit confit, marinated salmon carpaccio, and beef tartar; and a pasta station serves dishes like tiger shrimp with basil ravioli, and spinach pasta with house-made sausage, mushrooms, and cream. Wine samples are on the house too. 6-8 PM, 1967 N. Halsted, 312-951-8200.

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