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This Week's Food and Drink Events


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Pumpkin beer, burgers, ribs, and more.

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Exploring the genre of pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers, Delilah’s hosts a tasting with what it says is “every possible version of these beers available in this market,” including brews from Hacker-Pschorr, Goose Island, Summit, Dogfish Head, and more. There’s no cover charge; beers are available in two-ounce pours, by the bottle or pint, or as a sample package. 5-9 PM, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771.


The annual festival Chicago Gourmet (tickets for the fest itself are sold out) kicks off tonight with Hamburger Hop, a grilling competition that tests the talents of over a dozen Chicago chefs, including Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat), John Coletta (Quartino), and Eddie Lakin (Edzo’s Burger Shop). The panel of judges, whose charge is to identify the city’s best burger, includes XRT’s Lin Brehmer and culinary deity Thomas Keller. Food, drinks, and dessert are all included. 6-9 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-380-4128, $75.

Appetites whetted cinematically will be gratified gastronomically at the first annual Food Film Festival, with snacks served according to each night’s theme. On Friday, a Wisconsin State Fair theme means oysters from Shaw’s, Hoosier Mama pies, and fried cheese curds accompany short films like The Perfect Oyster and Eat Your Fill. Saturday, devoted to burgers and beer, features Beer Wars, Cud, and The Best of Hamburger America; burgers are provided by DMK Burger Bar, and beer is from Stone Brewing, Half Acre, and Two Brothers. Through Saturday. 7 PM, MCA Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard, $30 per night, $95 VIP pass for both nights plus some swag.

Philip Foss's Meatyballs, usually available only from his food truck, show up today and tomorrow at a pop-up restaurant at Sarki's in Evanston (the restaurant, normally open only for breakfast and lunch, will serve Foss's meatballs at dinner time). Fri-Sat 9/24-9/25, 5-8 PM, Sarki's Cafe, 2632 Gross Point Rd, Evanston.

Grace Young, who’s been called the “poet laureate of the wok,” talks about stir-frying in the context of the Chinese diaspora and demonstrates recipes from her new book Stir Frying to the Sky’s Edge. 10 AM-noon, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255, $5.

Up to 16 local restaurants compete in Moonshine's annual Rib-A-Que Smoke-Out; attendees can try samples from all of them and vote on their favorites , held in the parking lot. The Carpetbaggers and the Hoyle Brothers top the musical bill. Tickets are available at Noon-6 PM, Moonshine, 1824 W. Division, 773-862-8686, $25, $35 in advance.


Local police officer Frank Balestri hosts his fourth annual Soppressata Contest. Contestants must bring one presliced soppressata, which after judging is offered up to the crowd; for noncompetitors the admission price buys dinner as well as sausage samples. Proceeds go to Italian-American War Veterans Post #2. 3-7 PM, Park Place of Countryside Banquet Hall, 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL, 708-588-1752, $10.

In celebration of National Wine Week, diners who visit Smith & Wollensky between today and 10/1 will be able to sample ten wines for $10 with the purchase of a lunch entree. Lists of available wines change daily; a schedule is available here (PDF). 318 N. State, 312-670-9900.