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This Week's Food and Drink Events

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Wine pairing, mochi pounding, beer education, and more.

Pounding mochi
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On New Beer’s Eve, Fountainhead gives tap space over to new and rare beers like Left Hand’s Fade to Black, Bear Republic’s Apex Imperial IPA, and Dogfish Head’s My Antonia. From 4 to 8 PM, a prix fixe three-course menu includes a choice of appetizer and entree—beer-cheese soup and pot roast are among the options—and Belgian chocolate bread pudding. Beer pairings accompany each course. Dinner reservations are required by 12/29. 4 PM-2 AM, Fountainhead, 1968-70 W. Montrose, 773-697-8204, $30 dinner.

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On New Year’s in Japan, rice and water are pounded with a kine—a big hammer—until the mixture becomes the chewy, glutinous substance known as mochi. Today at Japanese supermarket Mitsuwa, pounding demos are held on the hour between noon and 3 PM; samples will be handed out with toppings like kinako (sweet soy flour), sweet red bean paste, and daikon. Noon-3 PM, Mitsuwa Marketplace, 100 E. Algonquin, Arlington Heights, 847-956-6699.

Stout Fest 2011 comes to Quenchers in two installments: today, the bar taps 12 varieties including Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Southern Tier Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout. A dozen more are slated to be tapped on January 15. Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western, 773-276-9730.

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As part of its regular Monday Night Flights series, One SixtyBlue hosts a “blind” pairing of five wines—domestic, international, and “winter-friendly”—with five small plates including crispy suckling pig with black truffle and cauliflower, house-cured salmon with pumpkin pancake, and Dietzler Farm short rib with yellow grits, root vegetables, and smoked mozzarella. Buy tickets here or by phone. 6 and 7 PM seatings, One SixtyBlue, 1400 W. Randolph, 312-850-0303, $47.

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Rock Bottom brewmaster Chris Rafferty presents the first in a new Beer School series, with classes slated to take place on the first Tuesday of every month. Each includes a sampling of brews currently on tap, beer history lesson, brewery tour, snacks, and a ticket redeemable for a free pint. Call to RSVP. 6-7:30 PM, Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand, 312-755-9339, $15.

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