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This Week's Food and Drink Events


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A beer dinner for every palate, plus a foodie conference, a corndog celebration, and more.

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The FamilyFarmed Expo, an annual confab of farmers, chefs, foodies, and others, returns to the UIC Forum with three days of events: Thursday and Friday are for farmers and entrepreneurs, with Saturday reserved for general-interest workshops with topics ranging from “Is Vertical Farming the Future of Agriculture?” to “Antiques Roadshow: The Heirloom on Your Plate.” Headliners are the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Sally Fallon Morell—the food activist gives the keynote at 9 AM—and Stephanie Izard, one of a number of chefs leading cooking demos. On Friday night, a “Localicious” party features food from more than a dozen local restaurants, as well as music by Liquid Soul ($75). One-day tickets range from $10 to $125, depending on the event and whether or not you buy in advance; all-access tickets are $275, $225 in advance. Stay tuned to the Reader website: we’ll be blogging the conference. 3/17-3/19: Thu 8 AM-6 PM, Fri 8 AM-10:30 PM, Sat 9 AM-6 PM, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, 708-763-9920.

Evanston dog dealer Wiener and Still Champion celebrates National Corndog Day with a special on its Dippin’ Dogs, which are $1.50 today; the purchase of three includes the choice a dozen dipping sauces and fries on the side. 11 AM-8 PM, Wiener and Still Champion, 802 Dempster, Evanston, 847-869-0100.

BYO yeasted bread to Taste and Tell, a meet-up sponsored by Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers—it’s a mixer for enthusiasts to share recipes, ideas, and tips. The location is a public venue in Andersonville; RSVP for specifics. 5:30-7 PM.

Lockwood chef Greg Elliott and brewmaster Jim DeBolt collaborate on a Goose Island beer dinner, where the brewery’s Belgian-style products—Sofie, Juliet, and Pere Jacques, as well as Bourbon County Stout—are served with dishes like scallops with potato rosti and celery leaves in a mussel vinaigrette; smoked pork loin and pork belly with rhubarb, green garlic, and pea shoots; rib eye with Gouda-potato dauphinoise, grilled asparagus, and horseradish butter; and hot chocolate cake with bourbon caramel and creme fraiche. 6 PM, Lockwood, 17 E. Monroe, 312-726-7500, $50.

Chef Andy Motto prepares pork belly lasagna, veal with mushroom ravioli and cassoulet, and a dessert of banana, charred pineapple, rose water, and walnuts to serve at a Two Brothers Beer Dinner, where brews include Prairie Path Golden Ale, Resistance IPA, Domaine DuPage, and Ebel’s Weiss hefeweizen. Two Brothers’s Andy Jenkins will attend the event. 6:30 PM, Quince, 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400, $45.

Reader food guy Mike Sula joins City Provisions chef Cleetus Friedman and others at tonight's installment of Soup and Bread, the weekly free soup dinner that's the brainchild of (another Reader contributor), Martha Bayne. 5:30 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433.

Everything gets a side of New Belgium beer during a five-course dinner tonight at Jack’s: dishes that include soft Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese, chicken wings in a honey IPA glaze, and pulled pork sliders come with beers like Abbey, 1554 Black Ale, and Fat Tire. An additional beer sample is included in the price of admission, as is a free glass. 7:30-9 PM, Jack’s Bar & Grill, 2852 N. Southport, 773-404-5886, $35.

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