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This Week's Food and Drink Events


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An Oscar viewing party, a celebration of chicken wings, a whiskey dinner, and more.

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Uncommon Ground offers various preparations of Iowa-based Templeton Rye, serving the spirit neat as well as in cocktails like a ginger-basil sour and a "mint perfect manhattan." In between all the booze, there are four courses: chips and guacamole, fried calamari with chipotle sauce, grilled flank steak, and banana cream pie. Reservations required. 6 PM, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680, $30.

Quince reprises an Austrian wine dinner it served a few months ago, the result of a collaboration between chef Andy Motto and wine director Scott Quint. Motto’s three courses, paired with Austrian wines, are gratin of oyster with cucumber, chiles, spinach, mushroom, apple, and water chestnut; venison with juniper, chestnut, cranberry, eggplant, and pumpernickel; and "trio" of Brie with honeycomb and pear for dessert. 6:30 PM, Quince, 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400, $65.

Capping off a month of chocolate-centric events, Morton Arboretum hosts a beer and chocolate tasting, serving suds from Warrenville's Two Brothers Brewing Company alongside mole-infused chili, savory chocolate panini, and greens with a chocolate-balsamic vinaigrette. There’ll also be handmade chocolates from Geneva-based Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream. 3-5 PM, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630-725-2066,, $30.

At this Oscar viewing party, chef Mark Kasper poaches from menus Wolfgang Puck has served at past Governors Balls, the official soiree that follows the Academy Awards: snacks here include tempura prawns with carrot-ginger remoulade, mini Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar and tomato jam, and black truffle-chicken pot pie. There are also martini specials, live ballet performances, and Black Swan-themed decorations. No cover; the awards commence at 7 PM. 5:30 PM, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111,

West Town Tavern serves four courses paired with wine from Alsatian vintner Gustave Lorentz. 2009 pinot gris accompanies a starter of smoked diver scallops with mango-mint relish; pan-roasted haddock with bacon, fingerling potatoes, rosemary, and savoy cabbage ragout is paired with a 2009 Riesling; other dishes include hoisin-glazed short ribs and a gruyere cheese tart. 6 PM, West Town Tavern, 1329 W. Chicago, 312-666-6175, $75.

Organizers expect around 25 local eateries to participate in this year’s Wing Fest, which raises funds for Chicago Neighbors United. Restaurants compete in categories all the way up to "Best of the Fest"—last year that honor went to Jake Melnick's Corner Tap—and admission includes all-you-can-eat wings, raffles and giveaways, and live music by Cadillac Dave and the Chicago Redhots. XRT's Lin Brehmer hosts; he also presides over a "Lord of the Wings" eating contest. 1-6 PM, Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington, 312-664-6656, ext. 124, $24, $50 VIP includes drinks.

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