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For Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse's first-ever Evening in the Garden tonight, chef Jeff Adamek and pastry chef Jennifer Templeton will prepare appetizers with ingredients grown on-site. There will also be live acoustic jazz performances and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online. 6-8 PM, Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn, 773-685-3351, $40.
The sixth annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana, a celebration of Chicago's Little Italy, kicks off today, featuring a grape-stomping competition, a bocce ball tournament, the Turano Baking Company and Fontanini Meatball Eating Contest, and more. 8/9-8/12, Thu 5-10 PM, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Taylor between Racine and Ashland, $5.
Another Italian festival, Little Italy Fest-West, also begins today. Here there'll be Italian dishes like lasagna rolls and artichoke-and-parsley bruschetta, as well as desserts such as tiramisu and gelato. Featured drinks include Italian sodas and imported Italian beer, spirits, and wine. 8/9-8/12, Thu 5-10 PM, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, Sun noon-10 PM, Centennial Park, 1776 W. Centennial Pl., Addison, 630-962-7000, $5-$7.
Girl & the Goat's Stephanie Izard is teaming up with Seedling Farm's Peter Klein for a special fund-raising dinner to help Klein with his farm's growing season, which took a hit because of the unseasonable weather. The dinner features beer and food created with berries, peppers, and stone fruit from Klein's farm. 6:30 PM, Underground Goat, 809 W. Randolph, 312-492-6262, $195.
Tonight 2 Sparrows's executive chef Gregory Ellis is holding a five-course dinner that incorporates tomatoes in every dish. Example: sungold-tomato gazpacho with summer succotash and blue crab. Call for reservations.7 PM, 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey, 773-234-2320, $50.
Naperville's Veggie Fest, billed as one of the biggest vegetarian festivals in North America, is today and tomorrow. The festival features food vendors and demos, educational talks from experts, live music, family activities, and more. Sat-Sun 8/11-8/12, 11 AM-8 PM, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd., Naperville, 630-955-1200, free.
On the Chicago Neighborhood Tour Taste of Edgewater & Uptown, participants will stop at the food establishments Pho Xe Lua, Vee Vee's African Restaurant, and George's Ice Cream & Sweets. As well as trying the neighborhood's various cuisines on this motorcoach and walking tour, participants will also learn about the neighborhoods' architecture and history. Tickets can be purchased online or via phone at 312-742-1190. 9:30 AM-2:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, $50-$55.
Attendees can blend their love for food and art at the second annual Street Food Artistry, where there will be a food-truck pavilion, a street art and photography exhibit, a music stage, and more. Some of the featured food trucks are Babycakes, Frozen Yogurt Inspirations, and SamichBox. Tickets are available online. 1-7 PM, Zhou B. Art Center, 1029 W. 35th, $15-$35.
The Stew Supper Club's Route 66 Supper, which highlights cuisines found along Route 66 from Chicago to the Pacific coast, is tonight. Tickets can be purchased online. 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM seating, the Stew Supper Club, 6338-40 N. Clark, $45.
In honor of Napoleon Bonaparte's would-be 243rd birthday, Maison will give a free French picnic lunch to its first 100 guests. The lunch features a mixed green salad, demi-baguette, pate, and more. There will also be tap wines for $2.43 per glass. Maison, 330 E. Randolph, ste. 300, free.