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Festivals, fund-raisers, and other food and drink events


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At Chicago Maifest attendees can quaff Louis Glunz Beers Inc.’s beers Hofbrau Original and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The German festival will include food, music, and cultural events. 5/31-6/3, Thu 5 PM-9:30 PM, Fri 5 PM-11 PM, Sat noon-11 PM, Sun noon-10 PM, Chicago Maifest, Lincoln and Leland in Lincoln Square.

Indulge in seasonal appetizers and cocktails at Green City Market Junior Board’s Meet the Market tonight. The event will feature Seedling Fruit’s Peter Klein, the Bedford chef Mark Steuer, and Evanston’s FEW Spirits. Appetizers are complimentary. Cocktails are $8, but $6 is considered a donation. 6-8 PM, the Bedford, 1612 W. Division, 773-235-8800.

Tickets go on sale today for Bon Appétit’s fifth annual Chicago Gourmet, a late September event that boasts more than 100 global and local restaurants, chefs, and more. Inquiries about ticket sales should be sent to info@chicagogourmet.org, 312-380-4128. Discounted ticket sales: $99 per day, $185 weekend pass; regular ticket sales: $159 per day, $265 weekend pass.


Attend the opening night of Wine Riot to explore the tastes of 250 wines in a sociable atmosphere. Feed your intellectual needs courtesy of the wine experts on hand while enjoying global wines. 6/1-6/2, Fri 7-11 PM, Sat 1-5 PM, 7-11 PM, Great Hall at Union Station, 210 S. Canal, 800-430-1553, Opening night $60, Saturday $50.

Bakers, cake decorators, and crafters alike can purchase an abundance of kitchen products at the 26th annual Wilton Tent Sale. Attendees can save 75 percent on more than 3,000 items. The available supplies are from brands such as Copco and K & Company. 6/1-6/19, opens Friday at 1 PM, Mon-Fri 9 AM-8 PM, Sat-Sun 8 AM-6 PM, 2240 W. 75th, Woodridge, 630-963-1818.

City dwellers can sample food from the Division Street restaurants, food tents, and food trucks that align the sidewalks at the sixth annual Do-Division Street Fest. Restaurants include Small Bar, the Smoke Daddy, and the Boundary. 6/1-6/3, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Division between Damen and Leavitt, 312-850-9390, $5.


Participants can feast on juicy sausages, partake in arts and crafts, and listen to live music today at SausageFest Chicago. The beneficiaries of the event are Lake View Citizens’ Council and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The festival begins with the "Crowning of the King" ceremony, where the participant in the SausageFest contest who raised the most money for Prostate Cancer Foundation will be honored as the 2012 Sausage King of Chicago. 6/2-6/3, noon-10 PM, Sheffield from Addison to Waveland.

Get an inside look into the creation of tofu at the Cheng family’s Tofu Processing Tour. The Cheng family (the owners of Sun Wah BBQ) held their first program, The Makings of Tasty Tofu, last summer. Chicago Foodways Roundtable hosts, and Culinary Historians of Chicago are the presenters. Make reservations by e-mailing chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com or calling 847-432-8255. 10 AM, Sun Xien Soy Products, 613 W. 47th, 847-432-8255, $3.


Harry Caray’s is commemorating National Steakhouse Month with its second annual Steak Week, which runs from today till June 8, in Chicago, Lombard, and Rosemont. Diners will get a chance to taste two types of steaks with their respective wines. Tasting notes regarding the different grades of steak and wine will be provided. Reservations are encouraged. 6/4-6/8, Harry Caray’s, 33 W. Kinzie, 312-828-0966.

Rockit Bar & Grill hosts its seventh annual Burgerfest, which kicks off today and ends June 8. The event features a different burger each day created by executive chef Amanda Downing. From Monday through Friday, the burgers will be, respectively, the Saltimbocca Burger, the Hot Hot Habanero Burger, the Venison Bacon Burger, the Wild Hog Burger, and the Cowboy. Reservations are recommended. 6/4-6/8, Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, 312-645-6000.


Ticket holders can treat themselves to a three-course dinner while supporting a worthy cause at Inspiration Kitchens—Garfield Park’s inaugural Chef Night. Inspiration Kitchens is a program dedicated to developing culinary skills for those in social and economic need. The event features food prepared by Chicago chefs Mindy Segal, Koren Grieveson, and Stephanie Izard along with Inspiration Kitchens’ executive chef David Rosenthall, as well as drinks by Three Floyds beer. Participants will receive etchings courtesy of artist Tony Fitzpatrick. Sixty tickets are available. Purchase tickets by calling 773-878-0981, ext. 221, or e-mailing ejohnson@inspirationcorp.org. 7 PM, Inspiration Kitchens, Garfield Park, 3504 W. Lake, $200.


At HighSight’s 12th annual Midsummer Eve of the Eve, a fund-raising event, participants can enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while benefiting HighSight’s charity, which is directed toward education. 5:30—9:30 PM, the Plaza at Park Grill, Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan, $60 in advance, $75 day of event.

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