A Super Bowl cooking class, a wine extravaganza, a tiki cocktail party, and more.
Nana’s A Spirited Dinner pairs the organic, free-range, and zabiha halal products of Whole Earth Meats with beers from Goose Island, and reps from both companies will be on hand to talk to diners. The four-course meal, served family-style, includes cassoulet paired with the Belgian-style strong pale ale Matilda; lamb shank braised in and paired with Pere Jacques, an abbey ale that's another Belgian style; and dark chocolate bread pudding with beer caramel, dried cherries, and Calvados-roasted apples, paired with Bourbon County Stout. 7 PM, Nana, 3267 S. Halsted, 312-929-2486, $50.
At his Super Bowl XLV Tailgate Cooking Class, chef Jim Day offers ideas for snacks to be consumed on the sofa on game day: he demos a menu that includes veal and pine nut sliders, lamb sliders with curry mayo and red onion marmalade, chicken wings with homemade bratwurst and Gorgonzola dipping sauces, and turtle Rice Krispies treats. The class includes samples, recipes, and beer. 11 AM-2 PM, Nia, 803 W. Randolph, 312-226-3110, $50, $40 in advance.
For the tenth year, d’Vine Affair raises funds for Catholic Charities’ self-sufficiency programs, which provide education, case management, and job training and assistance to low-income people. The central draw, a tasting from a selection of over 250 wines, is from 2 to 6 PM; wine seminars led by Chicago Wine School Founder Patrick W. Fegan and sommelier Bob Bansberg are at 1:30 and 2 PM, with a silent auction and raffle following. Dinner at Quartino is an additional $45. Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, 312-427-7800, $100.
For each monthly installment of the Whistler’s new Book Club series, bartender Paul McGee creates a cocktail menu based on a classic recipe book. The 15 tiki-themed concoctions offered tonight were drawn from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s books Intoxica! and Grog Log. Each featured drink sells for $8, with four-person punch bowl options available for $32. The Whistler promises flowers and umbrellas to adorn drinks, plus “flaming volcano bowls.” 6 PM-2 AM, The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530.