The University of Chicago's IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship has declared today Food Truck Day to raise awareness of the July 19 City Hall hearing regarding food trucks. The first 19 customers at participating food trucks will receive free stuff; at a celebration this evening at Fischman’s Liquor, attendees can sign a petition demanding changes to the proposed food truck ordinance. All day throughout Chicago; evening event: 5:30-9 PM, Fischman’s Liquor, 4780 N. Milwaukee, 773-545-0123.
Tonight's Green City Market BBQ features 91 restaurants, including Girl and the Goat, Lula Café, and Butcher and Larder, plus beverages from Two Brothers Brewery, Sparrow Coffee Roastery, Goose Island Beer Co., and others. Tickets are available online. 5:30-8 PM, Lincoln Park, $125, $250 VIP, $25 kids.
At the 27th Irish Fest, participants can compete in the Mashed Potato Eating Contest, enter the Traditional Soda Bread Contest, sample drinks at the Fine Spirits Tasting Tent, and more. 7/13-7/15, Fri 6 PM -Sun 11 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, general admission: $8, seniors: $7, at door: $15, Children 12 and under: free.
In celebration of its second birthday, the Cooking Channel will be giving away free food and drinks at an event hosted by Baron Ambrosia and G. Garvin. 5-9 PM, Oak Street Beach Food & Drink, 1001 N. Lake Shore Drive, free.
The Association House of Chicago is having a pig roast as a fund-raiser for its children’s educational programs. There will be appetizers, drinks, music, raffles and more at the event. Tickets are available online. 1-4 PM, El Cid Restaurant, 2645 N. Kedzie, $40, $45 at door.
As a part of Macy’s Great American Chefs Tour, Rick Bayless and Takashi Yagihashi will be at Macy’s today to give a cooking demonstration. Noon, Macy’s, 7th Floor Culinary Kitchen, 111 N. State, $10.
Attendees can learn about Ramadan food traditions and sample halal food today at an event hosted by Chicago Foodways Roundtable. Yvonne Maffei of MyHalalKitchen.com will present the event. 10 AM, Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts, 900 N. Branch, 847-432-8255, firstname.lastname@example.org, $3.
Food and bike enthusiasts can combine their interests on the Fork and the Road’s Cure-ious Tour, a 17-mile bike ride trip to Chicago kitchens, curing rooms, and more. Participants will sample sausages, smoked ham, and other kinds of meats at the shops. A bike and helmet are required to go the tour. 11 AM-4 PM, begins and finishes at Kitchen Sink Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn, $60.
Chef Paul Virant holds a five-course dinner at Perennial Virant tonight in celebration of New York chef April Bloomfield’s new cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories. Chefs Bruce Sherman, Paul Kahan, Nathan Sears, and Elissa Narow will prepare dishes inspired by Bloomfield’s cookbook. Each guest will receive an autographed copy. 6-10 PM, Perennial Virant, 1800 N. Lincoln, 312-981-7070, $200.
Winemaker Danielle Cyrot discusses her craft tonight at “Women on Wine,” a four-course dinner (including a lobster spring roll with roasted corn, edamame and truffle aioli) with wine pairings. 5-8 PM, Lobby Lounge, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams, 312-660-8200, $15.
Southport & Irving teams up with Heritage Wine for its first wine dinner tonight, hosted by Broadway Cellars owners Geri and Tom Foley. The event features wine from Clos La Chance. Reception at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7 PM, Southport & Irving, 4002 N. Southport, 773-857-2890, $65.