This week's food and drink events, from Bulls schmoozing to truffle making | Bleader

This week's food and drink events, from Bulls schmoozing to truffle making




Learn about and sip more than 100 Austrian wines at Austria Uncorked, plus sample food from local restaurants including Austrian Bakery and Deli, Porkchop, and Vivo. An extra $50 buys quality time with the winemakers and a gift bag during the 5:30 VIP hour. Click here for tickets. 6:30-9 PM, Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph, $75, $125 VIP.

Taste the weisse beer Hacker-Pschorr for free at Cactus Bar and Grill, and receive a free weisse glass with the purchase of a pint. A raffle and a talk with a certified cicerone about the 15th-century brew round out the evening. Reservations recommended. 5-7 PM, Cactus Bar and Grill, 404 S. Wells, 312-922-8025, no cover.


Brunch spot 2 Sparrows hosts a cocktail dinner with Evanston's Few Spirits. Gin, bourbon, and whiskey drinks complement the four courses: pickled ramp salad, stuffed quail, pappardelle with lamb bolognese, and vanilla-infused waffle for dessert. Few owner and distiller Paul Hletko will speak throughout. Reservations required. 7 PM, 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey, 773-234-2320, $75.


Following last year's E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center happening, E 2 Tha Z 2 features bites and beers from the mobile trailer collaboration between chefs Eric May and Jonathan Zaragoza. 5-7 PM, outside the Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, 1034 N. Milwaukee, $3 a ticket or $5 for two.

Design your own hand-rolled truffles, sample chocolates, create ganache, eat appetizers, and drink wine at a pop-up at Katherine Anne Confections'. Reservations required. 2 PM, Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W. Armitage, $50.


At the 16th annual Girl Food Dinner five female chefs, including Priscila Satkoff of Salpicon, create courses to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Featured: smoked sable fish, walleye pike, stuffed-capon breast, grilled Asian skirt steak, and lemon custard cake with olive oil-thyme gelato. Reservations required. 7:30 PM, West Town Tavern, 1329 W. Chicago, 312-666-6175, $150.

Chef Gale Gand takes control of Hearty's kitchen for Sunday brunch, re-creating dishes from her 2009 cookbook Chef Gale Gand's Brunch! 100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend's Best Meal. Customers can meet Gand and pick up a signed copy of the book. Call or visit the website for reservations. 9 AM-3 PM, Hearty, 3819 N. Broadway, 773-868-9866, cost of meal.


Eat sushi and drink beer, wine, and cocktails with Benny the Bull, members of the Luvabulls, and former Bulls Bob Love, Sidney Green, and Bill Wennington at Roka Akor's Hoops for Hunger which includes butterfish tataki with white asparagus and yuzu, and a silent auction for autographed and framed Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer jerseys and a Derrick Rose autographed ball. Reservations required. 6 PM, Roka Akor, 456 N. Clark, 312-477-7652, $50 advance, $65 door.


Marigold and 5 Rabbit Brewery host a roving dinner including duck confit naanwiches paired with 5 Rabbit Vulture and crispy lamb belly vindaloo with 5 Rabbit Huitzi Midwinter Ale. 5 Rabbit's three owners will be in attendance. Call or visit the website for tickets. 7 PM, Marigold, 4832 N. Broadway, 773-293-4653, $35.

The latest installment of Spotlight Chef offers an opportunity to check out the yet-to-open Argent Restaurant and Raw Bar. Argent culinary director Rodelio Aglibot and executive chef Jackie Chen will cook up a five-course tasting menu with wines; plus a one-hour interview. E-mail for details, click here for tickets. 7 PM, Argent Restaurant and Raw Bar, 660 N. State, $50.


Francois-Xavier de Saint Exupery, winemaker for Chateau de Tiregand, discusses his Bergerac (red) and Pecharmant (white) wines from east of Bordeaux. Bonus: he's related to the author of The Little Prince. Cheese, pate, and other French snacks are complimentary. 6:30-8 PM, House of Glunz, 1206 N. Wells, 312-642-3000, $10.