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A pastry market, a holiday entree demonstration, and plenty of beer tastings.
The shared-use Logan Square Kitchen hosts a two-day Christmas market with vendors including Mayana Chocolate, Celestial Kitchens, and Flour Cake and Pastry. Floriole Bakery and Sweet Miss Givings appear on Saturday only; on Sunday, vegan and gluten-free pastry options are available from Tinycakes, Defloured, and Fritz Pastry. An RSVP is requested so that vendors know how much to bring. Sat-Sun 12/11-12/12, 10 AM-3 PM, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2333, $1.
At ChicaGourmets’s wine and canape reception and dinner at Jam, courses from chef Jeffrey Mauro’s menu include parsnip soup with confit chicken, onion, and tarragon; foie gras tortellini with chestnut puree and cranberry gastrique; an entree choice of trout or skirt steak; and gianduja chocolate cake for dessert. Wines include an Antonin Rodet 2008 Chablis and a Seifried 2002 Malbec. 6 PM, Jam, 937 N. Damen, 847-571-1499, $79.
Sommelier and Check, Please! host Alpana Singh headlines Cheese, Please!, a reception with unlimited cheese, charcuterie, and wine, beer, and cider samples. From 6 to 8 PM, Singh talks about pairing domestic cheese with beer, then signs copies of her book Alpana Pours. 5-9 PM, Marion Street Cheese Market Cafe, 100 S. Marion, Oak Park, 708-725-7200, $25.
Local pastry magnate Gale Gand (Tru) demos recipes from her cookbook Chocolate and Vanilla. Participants learn to make desserts like vanilla buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry mash and chocolate almond upside-down cake; samples will also be provided. 6:30 PM, Corner Cooks, 507 Chestnut, Winnetka, 847-441-0134, $60.
North-side restaurant meets north-side brewer when Uncommon Ground serves a three-course Half Acre Beer Dinner. A dish of Kumamoto oysters with radish and cucumber mignonette and picked celery is paired with Gossamer Golden Ale; boudin blanc sausage with brussels sprouts, grapes, shallots, and verjus with Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. Dietzler Farm oxtail tortellini comes with Thunder and Sons Brown Ale. 6 PM, Uncommon Ground on Devon, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, $25.
Slagel Family Farm’s Louis John Slagel joins Markethouse executive chef Scott Walton for a class on choosing and preparing nontraditional holiday entrees. The class includes a demonstration of a pork recipe, snacks from the Markethouse menu, and wine and beer samples. Those staying for dinner get 30 percent off bottles of wine featured in the class. 6:30-7:30 PM, Markethouse, 611 N. Fairbanks Ct., 312-224-2200, email@example.com, free.
The Bluebird compares American craft beers to their across-the-pond counterparts at US vs. the Union Jack, a tasting that showcases British brewers like Coniston and Meantime, and Americans like Dark Horse and Great Lakes. Snacks are included. 7:30-9:30 PM, The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, firstname.lastname@example.org, $25.