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This week's food and drink events



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Femme du Coupe is celebrating the start of the fifth season of Mad Men (which resumes March 25) with a month of Mad Men-themed cocktail classes, starting with Three Martini Evening tonight. They'll teach you to make the Martinez, Negroni, and the Southside.

7-9 PM, Fleur De Lis Flower Shop, 715 N. Franklin, 773-916-7070, or, $40.

More events after the jump.

The grand opening of new Wrigleyville tavern Wheel House, in the old Messner's space, features an open bar, menu samples, and a DJ set by Nigel O'Reilly. The menu includes five different game burgers (including bison, elk, and ostrich) and four whiskey flights.

7 PM, Wheel House, 3553 N. Southport, 773-325-0123, free.

The third annual Little City Food Frenzy features bites from Mana Food Bar, Coco Pazzo, and Farmhouse, among others. There will also be a raffle and a "Mystery Wine" game to benefit the Little City Foundation.

6:30-9:30 PM, Loft on Lake, 1366 W. Lake,, $75.

The latest installment of Big Jones's family meal series is a Creole Lenten dinner, ca. 1900. It's based on turn-of-the-century Louisiana recipes and includes Sally Lunn with honey marmalade, clam fritters with sauce flamande, and trout court bouillon with butter beans and boiled rice.

5-9 PM, Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark, 773-275-5725, adults $25, kids under 12 $1 per year.


Bee Movie Weekend kicks off today and features screenings of the documentary The Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, about the effects of the declining honeybee population. Tickets include your choice of snack or drink (provided by chefs Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe and Matthias Merges of Yusho), and there will be a cash bar. A portion of the ticket and concession sales go to Chicago Honey Coop.

7 PM Friday and Saturday, 1 and 4 PM Sunday, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee,, $20.

At Kulturküche, Martin Wallner of Chef Martin's Alpine Brand Sausages will teach you to make wurst, providing recipes, tastings, and one drink. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

7:30 PM, Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western, or 800-838-3006, $16.


The Highwood Sky Lantern Festival includes a barbecue cook-off, food and drink specials, live music, a 5K buddy race, and sky lantern decorating.

9 AM-6 PM, Highwood Historical Society, 17 Highwood, Highwood, 847-432-1924, free.


You can learn to grow your own apple trees and take home three varieties to plant at Garfield Farm Museum's 25th annual antique apple tree grafting seminar. Reservations required; bring a sharp knife.

1:30 PM, Garfield Farm Museum, Garfield Rd., LaFox, 630-584-8485, $30.

Taste a selection of beers in Logan Square at the Seventh annual March 4 Internationale hiking day pub stroll. The crawl goes to Helen’s Two Way Lounge, Whirlaway Lounge, the Burlington, Acapulco Nightclub, the Double Tavern, and the Levee.

3 PM, starting at Helen's Two Way Lounge, 2928 W. Fullerton,, free.


Slagel Family Farm and Great Lakes Brewery are hosting an Italian-inspired collaboration dinner with Slagel’s free-range beef, pork, lamb, and chicken paired with Great Lakes beers. Reservations required.

6:30 PM, Osteria via Stato, 620 N. State, 312-642-8450, $65.

Crown the best chowder in town tonight at the second annual Chowdah Fest—on board a 1940s-era merchant vessel. Twelve local chefs are competing, including Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster, Mark Steuer of the Bedford, and Susan Goss of West Town Tavern, Goose Island will have a tap station; proceeds from the event benefit the Sea Scouts youth sailing program. Reservations required.

6:30-9 PM, Columbia Yacht Club, 111 N. Lake Shore,, $50.

The "Lure and Lore of Spices" features the history of the spice trade, historical facts, and anecdotes from the owners of the Spice House.

7 PM, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, 847-438-3433, free.


Mercadito is highlighting Mexico's Pacific coast at its latest regional dinner. Chef Patricio Sandoval's menu includes ceviche estilo Acapulco, a lime-marinated red snapper with orange pico de gallo and tomato-guajillo broth. Specialty cocktails from the region will also be featured.

5 PM-1 AM, Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie, 312-329-9555, $30.


Berwyn's Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits is collaborating with North Shore Distillery on a Mediterranean-style four-course dinner matched with the distillery's spirits. Dishes include wild boar confit, braised radishes with shallots paired with North Shore's Fresno pepper-infused vodka, and oysters on the half shell with absinthe mignonette paired with North Shore's Sirene Verte Absinthe. Reservations recommended.

6:30 PM, Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits, 6727 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-775-8122, $50.