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A candy lecture, a seafood dinner, a mezcal tasting, and more.
Paul Greenberg, whose sustainability-minded book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food focuses on the four most frequently-consumed fish—salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna—makes an appearance at North Pond. The five-course menu that chef Bruce Sherman prepares for the occasion doesn’t feature any of those top four, instead highlighting oysters, shrimp, sardines, arctic char, and whitefish. Call to reserve. 6:30 PM, 2610 N. Cannon, 773-477-5845, $85.
A rep from Platinum Distributing samples out ten varieties of whisky at a single-malt scotch dinner; the four-course tapas-style menu includes tomato soup with black truffles, tempura artichokes, and smoked lamb ribs with sorghum barbecue sauce. All scotches sampled will be available for purchase by the bottle. E-mail email@example.com or call 847-295-1000 to RSVP. 6:30 PM, Inovasi, 28 E. Center, Lake Bluff, $65.
Beth Kimmerle, who’s written books about chocolate (Chocolate: the Sweet History) and candy (Candy: the Sweet History), discusses the history and technology of local candy making in Sweet Home Chicago, a lecture about a city whose confectionery legacy boasts names like Fannie May, Wrigley’s, and Brach's. Kimmerle curated a related exhibit, also called “Sweet Home Chicago,” that’s on display in the library atrium through June 2011. 4-5:30 PM, University of Chicago John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis, 773-702-7715.
The Japanese practice of kansha, a plant-focused cuisine derived from Buddhist philosophy, is the subject of a talk by food writer Elizabeth Andoh. Andoh explains kansha maxims like ichi motsu zen shoku—”one food, used entirely”—and signs copies of her cookbook Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions, which will be available for purchase. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-620-1457. 10 AM-noon, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, 312-642-4600, $5.
To mark the harvest season, Heritage Prairie Farm hosts an afternoon open house followed by a farm dinner. From 11 AM to 3 PM, visitors can sample wine, beer, and snacks from the farm kitchen, tour the grounds, and chat with farmers. Dinner starts at 6 PM and includes dishes like roasted pumpkin, garlic, and gruyere fondue; “deconstructed” chicken pot pie; brussels sprouts with beets and greens; and more. Diners begin the evening with an Apple Fizz cocktail—apple cider with Death’s Door gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, and prosecco—and end it with a bonfire. Purchase tickets here or call 630-443-8253. Open house 11 AM-3 PM, dinner 6 PM, Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige, Elburn, $65 for dinner ($10 kids).
Wines at a South American wine dinner come mostly from wine companies Terrazas and Lapostolle, whose reps will be on hand to introduce them. The accompanying five-course meal includes roasted vegetable strudel with horseradish cream, braised lamb shoulder and lamb sausage with cheese grits and oranges, and aged cheddar cheeses with black walnut brittle and herbs. Call for reservations. 6 PM, West Town Tavern, 1329 W. Chicago, 312-666-6175, $75.
Zocalo hosts a Day of the Dead tasting of Oaxacan mezcals from the artisan distillery Ilegal; there’ll also be passed appetizers, cocktails, and a raffle with bottles of mezcal as prizes. From 10/29 through 11/2, the restaurant also serves a special Day of the Dead a la carte menu with dishes like halibut in green Oaxacan mole, zucchini blossom quesadillas, and pumpkin flan. 6:30 PM, Zocalo, 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, $20.
Peter Egelston, owner and founder of New Hampshire-based Smuttynose Brewing Company, celebrates his product being picked up for local distribution with a meet-and-greet at Sheffield’s. Tonight Egelston and company V.P. Kevin Love pour pints of some of Smuttynose’s brews, including Finestkind IPA, Shoals Pale Ale, 2007 Barleywine, and Vintage Big A IPA. 7 PM-2 AM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, sheffieldschicago.com.