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Beer sampling, food writing, dessert crawling, and more.
A cocktail hour and grape-picking session begins in the yard of Brazilian caterer Sinhá at 6 PM; afterwards, chef Jorgina Pereira serves a buffet-style meal with dishes like chicken in pumpkin seed sauce, okra sauteed in mustard seeds, Brazilian black beans, and more. Passed appetizers, dessert, and a grape caipirinha are included, too. Reservations required by September 28. 6 PM, 2018 W. Adams, 708-383-7543, chicagourmet, $79.
Food writer Dianne Jacob joins Reader contributor David Hammond for Will Write for Food!, a conversation about the future of the craft. They’ll discuss the effect that Internet-based food criticism has had on the work of professional food writers, and Jacob will offer tips for those wanting to break into the field. A luncheon afterward is sponsored by ChicaGourmets; tickets are available here. 10 AM-noon, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 312-642-4600, $3 talk, $45 luncheon.
Emeril Lagasse headlines Fork, Cork & Style, a daylong festival of celebrity chef demos. General admission doesn’t include food or wine, but a $25 ticket buys samples from five participating restaurants; $60 gets that as well as admission to a wine tasting organized by Binny’s. 11 AM-7 PM, Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights, 847-385-7500, $12 general admission, $25-$200 for tastings and VIP package.
Christ Church of Chicago celebrates the advent of autumn with Aki Matsuri, a festival of Japanese cuisine. Highlights include a chicken teriyaki bento box, sushi, and udon, all of which are available for takeout. Noon-4 PM, 6047 N. Rockwell, 773-338-8170.
Historian Joseph Zurawski discusses his new book Polish Chicago: Our History, Our Recipes, a look at Chicago’s Polish immigrant experience through a culinary lens. 2 PM, Austin-Irving branch library, 6100 W. Irving Park, 312-744-6222.
Beer, barbecue, and bourbon are on the menu at ART-oberfest, a benefit for art center Intuit: in addition to a dinner from Sweet Baby Ray’s, offerings include beer from craft breweries like Three Floyds, Goose Island, and Lagunitas, and bourbon from Four Roses and Buffalo Trace. Siderunners, Common Factor, Walter J. Liveharder, and DJ ALO provide the music; an art auction and raffle are also on the bill. 7 PM, 1100 W. Cermak, 312-243-9088, $50.
The Andersonville Dessert Crawl is divided into two different routes—"sugar" and "spice"—though participants can opt for "everything nice," which covers all participating restaurants. Big Jones, Hamburger Mary’s, the Coffee Studio, Taste of Lebanon, and many others provide sample-size sweets. Reserve online; event check-in is at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark). 2-5 PM, 773-728-7552, $25-$50.
Participants in the River North restaurant tour Octoberfeast receive a drink and a snack from neighborhood spots like Mercadito, Sunda, Naha, and Elate. Registration, which includes a wristband and route map, is at Merchandise Mart (350 N. Orleans); the Hard Rock Cafe (62 W. Ontario) hosts the after-party. More information, including a list of all participating restaurants, is available online. 5-10 PM, 312-645-1047, $65.