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An African luncheon, a warehouse sale, a whiskey tasting, and more.

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Distributor European Imports opens its doors to the public with a warehouse sale, where gourmet chocolates, pastas, oils, and some cheeses will be available at wholesale prices. Cash or check only. Thu-Sat 12/16-12/18, 9 AM-3:30 PM, European Imports, 2475 N. Elston, 800-323-3464.

Nascent beer-making outfit Pipeworks, currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the opening of a microbrewery, samples out seven beers tonight including Belgian Wit, Smoked Porter, and Pastrami on Rye, the latter being an “experimental” holiday ale with 11 herbs and spices. 6-9 PM, West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W. Addison, 773-525-1916.

Quince wine director Scott Quint hosts a three-course Austrian wine dinner from chef Andy Motto: gratin of oyster; venison with juniper, chestnut, cranberry, eggplant, and pumpernickel; and "trio of Brie" with honeycomb and pear. 6:30 PM, Quince, 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400,, $65.

In his lecture Appetite for Africa, Northwestern University anthropology professor Robert Launay speaks about the historical relationship between the cuisines of Africa and the U.S., and argues for a more prominent place for Africa in the American food scene. A luncheon afterwards, prepared by students and graduates from Washburne Culinary Institute, includes goat and groundnut stew, fish with attieki (fermented manioc), and mafe hakoo (beef stewed with cassava or potato leaves). Wine pairings are included. Place reservations here for the luncheon. 10 AM-1:30 PM, Sikia, 740 W. 63rd, 847-432-8255, $5 lecture, $27 luncheon.

A dinner featuring beer from Kansas City, Missouri, outfit Boulevard Brewing—which isn’t distributed in Chicago—raises funds for people affected by leukemia and lymphoma. Courses include charcuterie, Earl Grey-infused Chilean sea bass, and a chocolate and passion fruit tart. Buy tickets here. 6-9 PM, Kitchen Chicago, 324 N. Leavitt, $70, $50 advance.

"Freelance mixologist" and Kendall College adjunct professor Angie Jackson leads Have Yourself a Very Whiskey Christmas, a two-hour trolley ride through Chicago that doubles as booze education: on board, guests will sample five versions including Koval Lion’s Pride Organic Dark Rye Whiskey, Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey, and Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Whiskey. Get tickets here. 3-5 PM, Cooking Fools, 1916 W. North, 708-557-0717, $40.

In her talk When Oysters Were Kosher, culinary historian Jane Ziegelman discusses the life and times of Bertha Kramer, whose Aunt Babette’s Cook Book sheds light on Reform Jewish culinary customs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 2 PM, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan, 312-322-1700, $18.

New Andersonville restaurant Acre marks the winter solstice with Black Beer Night, where beer's served to a soundtrack of "all things metal and dark." The fifteen beers on tap are all $5—with the size of the pour anywhere between six ounces and a pint—and include Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers, Southern Tier Choklat Stout, and Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout. See the full roster, and RSVP, here. Acre, 5308 N. Clark, 773-334-7600.

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