Guest chefs Kevin Willmann, Greg Hardesty, and Clayton Chapman will be at Vie Restaurant for its Celebrity Chef Dinner, joining Vie chefs Paul Virant, Nathan Sears, and Elissa Narow. A sample course, prepared by Chapman: Wagyu collar with pastrami, pickled Nantes carrots, oyster mushrooms, cipollini onions, and Swiss chard. Call for reservations. Vie, 4471 Lawn, Western Springs, 708-246-2082, $100, $50 optional wine pairings.
At Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, We Farm director Seneca Kern demonstrates how to build a raised garden. There'll be sample dishes and recipes on offer in addition to tips on creating a raised garden bed. 6:30-8 PM, Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn, $5.
Lincoln Square's inaugural Square Roots street festival features music, food, and craft beers from Finch's, Half Acre, 5 Rabbit, and more. Food vendors include Tiny Lounge, LM Restaurant, and Bistro Campagne. 7/20-7/22, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, Lincoln between Montrose and Wilson, $10 adults, $5 seniors over 65 and children under 12.
The 11th annual Taste of River North begins today and features food from 15 local restaurants, among them Steve's Deli, 25 Degrees, and Kinzie Chophouse. Participants can also listen to live music and browse the craft vendors. 7/20-7/22, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury, $5, $8 after 5 PM on Sunday, when Poi Dog Pondering will play beginning at 6:30 PM.
In honor of its tenth anniversary, Drinking & Writing Theater begins a three-day celebration with a bus tour of Western, stopping at four bars. Ticket holders will be provided with Haymarket beer and will watch Drinking & Writing founders Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda's documentary The Western Avenue Pub Crawl on the bus; the duo will also lead the tour. Ticket are available online. Saturday's free event includes a panel of local chefs, who'll produce a beer recipe made especially for the anniversary. On Sunday there's a free movie night; movies to be screened include Barfly and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 7/20-7/22, Fri 7-10 PM, begins and ends at Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub Brewery, $30; Sat 3-6 PM, Drinking & Writing Theater, free; Sun 7-11 PM, Drinking & Writing Theater, free.
Festivalgoers can enjoy burgers from vendors such as Goose Island Brewpub, Hamburger Mary's, and Select Cut Steakhouse today at the third annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest. There'll be a critics' choice award, with Reader food writer Mike Sula among the judges on the panel. 7/21-7/22, Sat-Sun 11 AM-10 PM, critics' choice judging Sat 4-6 PM, Belmont and Damen, 773-868-3010,$6.
At Lush West Town, mixologist Adam Seger and chef Tim Graham will have a "pop-up gastro-bar." A sample food and drink pairing: mini Reubens paired with North Shore Aquavit and Triple Karmelit Beertail. 7/21-7/22, Sat-Sun 6-10 PM, Lush West Town, 1412 W. Chicago, 312-666-6900; a la carte $9, seven-course tasting menu $49.
Summer on Southport is today and tomorrow, featuring food and live music. Restaurants include Chizakaya, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Phil Stefani Signature Events, Southport and Irving, and Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods. 7/21-7/22, Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-9 PM, 3700 N. Southport, $5.
Pasteur presents a Secret Garden Brunch, hosted by ChicaGourmet's Thomas Burke and Sharon Meyers. From the menu: crab-stuffed shrimp and spring rolls paired with peach liqueur and pineapple. 11:30 AM, Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway, 773-728-4800, $57, $47 members.
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation holds its third annual Summer Soiree at Roka Akor. Japanese hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Tickets can be purchased via phone or online. 6-8:30 PM, Roka Akor, 456 N. Clark, 312-926-7133, $75 in advance, $80 at the door.