A peach cocktail class, a tomato dinner, a bacon contest, and more.
Michigan brewery Bell’s celebrates its 25th anniversary with a weekend of events in and around Kalamazoo: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe (355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.) features live Dixieland and bluegrass music Thursday through Saturday, as well as deals on Bell’s pints for customers wearing Bell’s T-shirts. On Saturday the company opens its Galesburg brewery up for a rare public tour. Through Sunday; 269-382-2338.
Today marks the beginning of the fall season of city-sponsored cooking class series World Kitchen. Available classes include Fall Fish Stories, Treasures of Spain, Apples by the Bushel, Aunt Jo’s Cookie Platter, and about a dozen more. Register on-line, over the phone, or by visiting the Box Office at 77 E. Randolph. Through 12/4. 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, $30 for single classes, $100 for four.
Proceeds from TomatoFest, a potluck celebration of the late-summer fruit, benefit North Lawndale community garden preSERVE. Attendees bring a dish—incorporating tomatoes is encouraged, though not required—and organizers supply beer and soda from Goose Island and organic wine from Candid Wines. Tours of the preSERVE garden and the Chicago Honey Co-op apiary are also on the bill, so wear light-colored clothing and a hat, and avoid cologne or perfume. 5:30-8:30 PM, Chicago Honey Co-op, 3740 W. Fillmore, $15 + plus a side dish or dessert.
Competing for more than $1,500 worth of fancy kitchenware in prizes, 20 local cooks see what they can do with the most ubiquitous of ingredients in Chicago Bacon Takedown. It’s part of a nationwide tour of Takedowns—here in Saint Paul, there in New Orleans—organized by NYC-based actor and filmmaker Matt Timms. Tickets include samples of all bacon dishes, and a portion of proceeds benefit hunger-relief organization Feeding America. Buy tickets at lincolnhallchicago.com. 1:30 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $15.
A candlelit dinner celebrating the artist and based on his cooking journals, Monet on the Riverwalk features courses like sorrel vichyssoise with duck prosciutto and croutons, pan-seared halibut with grilled sweet corn, and a dessert highlighting chef Didier Durand’s homemade preserves. A reception, with hors d’oeuvres, is at 5 PM; dinner is at 5:30. To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com or call 773-989-7989. 5 PM, Cyrano’s Cafe & Wine Bar on the Riverwalk, 233 E. Lower Wacker, chicagourmets.org, $75.