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Carnaval, Fat Tuesday, Sunday supper, and more.
SushiSamba Rio celebrates Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnaval—originally a Portuguese pre-Lenten festival—with a live feed from Brazil, drummers, samba dancers, and a special menu of festive dishes. The latter include casquinha do siri (blue crab, remoulade, lime), acarajé (black bean fritters with braised short ribs and pickled onions), and coconut flan with a lime beignet and pineapple-caipirinha sorbet. A tangerine-honey caipirinha is the featured drink. 9 PM, SushiSamba Rio, 504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300.
Smoke Daddy unveils a new retail Bloody Mary mix, which incorporates barbecue sauce into the usual ingredients, at party that includes blues music by Miles Sullivan, free samples, and Smokin’ Bloody Mary cocktails for $5. A bottle of the new mix is $3. 1-3 PM, Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division, 773-772-6656.
Vie reintroduces its Sunday Supper, a seasonal series at which $25 buys a two-course meal. Today's options include cream of sunchoke soup with walnuts and maple cream; rainbow trout with Carolina gold rice, pickled summer beans, and spicy mayonnaise; chicken with cheesy grits, kale, and maple gastrique; and feuille de brick with roasted root veggies, soubise, and greens. A kids’ menu is TBD; the cost for children under 12 is their age. 2-7 PM, Vie, 4471 Lawn, Western Springs, 708-246-2082.
O’Donovan’s marks Fat Tuesday with beads, zydeco music, and Cajun fare: po’boys, gumbo, jalapeño corn bread, crab cakes, and blackened salmon with aioli. New Orleans-style drink specials include the Hurricane, a traditional libation made of lime juice, passion fruit syrup, and rum. 4-11 PM, O’Donovan’s, 2100 W. Irving Park, 773-478-2100.
Contestants show their mettle in a Fat Tuesday crawfish-eating contest, with the goal of eating three pounds of the creatures as quickly as possible. It’s $25 to compete, and free to watch; for spectators, there are specials on Abita Turbo Dog ($3 per pint) and free beads, masks, and other Mardi Gras paraphernalia. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which promotes research into and treatment of childhood cancers. 6 PM, Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells, 312-922-3830.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation, which supports children with life-threatening conditions, gets whatever money results from a beer tasting tonight, which includes samples of three English and three American craft brews. On the side, there are traditional British snacks: shepherd's pie, mac 'n' cheese, and cucumber sandwiches. E-mail email@example.com to reserve a spot. 6:30-8:30 PM, Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark, 773-472-5252, $40.