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A bee forum, a pig roast, a Jewish-French luncheon, and more.
In her free talk "Everything Comes Into This World Hungry," self-described radical ecologist and systems designer Nance Klehm talks urban soil making and building, including the use of human manure as compost. 6 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.
Cookbook author Joan Nathan signs and discusses writing her new book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, over a luncheon of dishes from the book. Proceeds benefit the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Everest, 440 S. LaSalle, 312-663-8920, $60.
Planned in conjunction with sustainable building conference Greenbuild, Taste of Green Chicago highlights local food and drink, represented here by Big Jones, the Publican, Poag Mahone’s, among others. Register online; admission gets food and two drinks. 5:30-7 PM, Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan, 312-225-8100, $35.
The local food scene is the focus of the season finale of the new Trib-Second City weekly radio and stage show Chicago Live!, which gives over a panel discussion to the just-dropped Michelin Guide Chicago. Chefs Graham Elliot, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, and "Hot" Doug Sohn talk with Michelin director general Jean-Luc Naret. The guide, released on 11/17, will be on sale at an afterparty with free food and drinks. 6:30 PM, Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State, 312-902-1500, $25.
This year, Garfield Park Conservatory’s annual bee forum includes panelists like beekeepers Dave Burns (Long Lane Honey Bee Farms) and Rebecca Tonietto (Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University) and a keynote by Dennis vanEngelsdorp, lead apiarist for the state of Pennsylvania and an expert on colony collapse disorder. Attendees are encouraged to bring potluck items to share. Register by calling 773-638-1766, ext. 24. 10 AM-4 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, $25.
Cary Taylor, executive chef at The Southern, faces Old Town Social’s Jared Van Camp in an afternoon pig roast throwdown. Admission includes unlimited pork, side dishes, and Shiner Bock. 1-6 PM, The Southern, 1840 W. North, 773-342-1840, $30.
At the second annual Seedling Orchard and Three Floyds Brewing Dinner, Province chef Randy Zweiban offers four Latin-spiced courses featuring local fruit and craft beers—including ropa vieja with braised apples and cabbage in apple-cider mojo. Call for reservations, which are required. 6:30 PM, Province, 161 N. Jefferson, 312-669-9900, $69.