Ticketholders can slurp down samples of specialty coffee at Coffee Fest Chicago, which will have more than 200 exhibition booths. Featured events include educational workshops, Coffee Fest Latte Art Championship, A Bid for Hope Silent Auction, and Shmoozefest. 6/8-6/10, exhibition hours: Fri-Sat noon-5 PM, Sun noon-4 PM (training sessions begin at 8 AM each day), Navy Pier, Exhibit Hall A, 600 E. Grand, 800-232-0083, $30.
Incanto’s Chef Chris Cosentino holds a dinner at the Publican tonight as a part of the tour for his new book, Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal. The meal features recipes from the book with beer pairings; reservations are recommended. 5:30-10:30 PM, the Publican, 837 W. Fulton Mkt, 312-733-9555.
Meat lovers can sample ribs provided by 35 food vendors at the 14th annual Ribfest Chicago; there's also live music, and a rib-eating competition. 6/8-6/10, Fri 5—10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, 4000 N. Lincoln, 773-525-3609, $5.
The Printers Row Lit Fest’s Good Eating Stage—emceed by the Food Network’s Daisy Martinez—combines literature and food, featuring numerous cookbook authors and chefs. There will be cooking demos and book discussions by chefs including Rick Bayless, Sarah Stegner, and Paul Virant. Indoor venues require tickets. 6/9-6/10, 10 AM-6 PM, Dearborn & Polk, 312-222-2986, free.
Ambitious chefs can go today to the open casting call for the next season of Hell’s Kitchen, a reality television cooking competition. Applicants must be 21 years or older. More information here, or e-mail email@example.com or call 310-313-9100. 2-6 PM, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 361 W. Chestnut #1.
On a Chicago Neighborhood Tour called the Taste of Devon Avenue, attendees get a glimpse into the culture and food of Devon Avenue. They can taste South Asian dishes at the various restaurants or shop in the stores that line the street. 10 AM-2:30 PM, meet at 9:30 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, $55 (seniors, students, and children $50).
Slow Food Chicago holds its fourth annual Pig Roast, featuring pigs by Slagel Family farm. Dishes will be prepared by Chefs from X-marx, Three Aces, Uncommon Ground Devon, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Vera, Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub, and Green Zebra. La Boulangerie prepares dessert, Intelligentsia provides coffee, and Templeton Rye supplies specialty cocktails. Tickets can be purchased online. 2-5 PM, Goose Island Beer Company, 1800 W. Fulton, general admission ticket $60, Terra Madre ticket (which includes $20 donation $80.
Using sausage as the central ingredient, home chefs experiment and present dishes at the inaugural Chicago Sausage Experiment. The judges include numerous chefs and food writers, including Joe Doren, Todd Stein, and David Hammond. Both competitors and the general public are welcome. Tickets are available online. 1-4 PM, the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., 312-666-6775, $15.
The Stew Supper Club celebrates its new location with Stew Snack Attack Supper, a meal made solely of snacks. The menu includes Pink Tom Ka, N-East Side Platter, Corn Smut Chilequiles, Bunny Bahn Mi and Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. 7:30 PM, the Stew Supper Club, 6340 N. Clark, $45.
The Chicago French Market offers live music today in its Lunch Hour Music with Matt Cantlon. Cantlon is a solo artist and is a part of acoustic duo the Acoustic Generation. 11 AM-2 PM, Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton, 312-575-0306, free.