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Hints of spring in this week's food and drink events

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Thursday12

Femme Du Coupe holds a class on three spring-themed cocktails, including a twist on the classic whiskey sour. A selection of different liquors and bitters will be available for attendees to try out in recipes of their own. Visit the website for reservations. 7-9 PM, Fleur de Lis Flower Shop, 715 N. Franklin, 312-943-4444, $40.

Friday13

Jim Klisch, cofounder of Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery, will be on hand to answer questions about his beer at Silver Cloud, where pints of Lakefront White, a mild wheat beer, sell for $5.50. Silver Cloud is the only bar in town that taps it. 8 PM, Silver Cloud Bar and Grill, 1700 N. Damen, 773-489-6212.

Saturday14

The Institute for Justice's Clinic on Entrepreneurship hosts My Streets, My Eats: The Chicago Mobile Food Symposium and Meet Up. In the morning three panel discussions feature writers, academics, entrepreneurs, and chefs, and later 19 trucks (including Schnitzel King, Wagyu Wagon, and Gigi's Bake Shop) serve food. Registration for the symposium is full, but organizers will let people in on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. E-mail for more information. 9:30 AM symposium, 1:30 PM truck meet up, University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th, free.

Julia Child acolyte (and Kalamazoo College history professor) David Strauss talks about the relationship between Child and her Mastering the Art of French Cooking coauthor, Simone “Simca” Beck, who Strauss thinks deserves more credit for the book’s success. Sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago; e-mail culinary.historians@gmail.com to reserve a seat. 10 AM-noon, Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, $5.

Sunday15

The fourth annual Food Fight pits Bill Kim of Belly Shack, Jared Van Camp of Old Town Social, and Carl Shelton of Boka against one another in a 30-minute cooking contest, emceed by Stephanie Izard and decided by attendees. Tickets buy you a sample of each dish and a vote, as well as other hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. Proceeds benefit the Scleroderma Foundation. 5-8 PM, Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, fifth floor, 888-905-3632, $85.

Among the draws at this month's Dose Market are previews of (and samples from) forthcoming restaurants including Alexander Brunacci's the Peasantry, Antique Taco, and the Stew Supper Club. There's also clothing, housewares, and more; click here for tickets and info. 10 AM-4 PM, River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois, 312-321-1001, $8-$10.

Tuesday17

Local food writer Amelia Levin's new book, The Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From the Windy City, collects recipes from more than 60 chefs, including Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano, and Stephanie Izard. Today's launch party features a five-course dinner with wine pairings, plus a reception with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. The book will be available for $20. Call for reservations. 6-9 PM, Province, 161 N. Jefferson, 312-669-9900, $75.

A five-course dinner at Floriole highlights produce from Michigan’s Werp Farms, with dishes including white-wine-poached halibut with braised fennel, baby carrots, radishes, and sorrel oil; prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and creamed Bordeaux spinach; and crepes with tangerine caramel, olive oil ice cream, tangerine confit, and opal basil. Reserve tickets online. 7-9 PM, 1220 W. Webster, 773-883-1313, $75.

Wednesday18

A pop-up dinner at Soul Cocina tonight is inspired by Ziryab, the traveling performer who bears some responsibility for revolutionizing Persian cuisine in the ninth century. The family-style meal features 13 vegan and omnivore choices including bastilla (Moroccan squab—or squash, for non-meat-eaters—pie) and fesenjan (Persian chicken—or root vegetable—stew). Buy tickets online. 6-9 PM, Dodo, 954 W. Fulton, 312-226-5300, $43 vegan, $48 omnivore.

Casa Noble Tequila CEO Jose "Pepe" Hermosillo leads a tequila tasting of the company's silver, reposado, anejo, and single-barrel tequilas. Two specialty cocktails, appetizers, live Latin music, and a raffle round out the evening. Reservations recommended. 6:30-9 PM, Zocalo, 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, $25.

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