by Meg Pier
2 Sparrows hosts its second pig roast of the season. Executive chef Gregory Ellis serves up a whole hog from Catalpa Grove, and corn fritters, wedge salad, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and peach cobbler complete the spread. Louisville Distilling Company's Angel's Envy bourbon is featured in four cocktails. 7 PM, 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey, reservations required, call 773-234-2320.
The Oktoberfestivities continue in the burbs as Berwyn creates its own German beer festival. The Berwyn Development Corporation celebrates its 12th annual Oktoberfest, a two-day event with a beer garden and plenty of German food and live music. Fri 6-11 PM, Sat noon-11 PM, Depot District Area on Windsor and Stanley between Oak Park and Home, Berwyn, no admission fee.
The Chipotle Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival returns for its second year to showcase local chefs and farmers in an effort to promote ethically sourced food. Chipotle sources from local Chicago farms like Degroot Vegetable Farms and HerbThyme to create specialty dishes like barbacoa chili and carnitas torta; chefs and farmers will demonstrate cooking and farming techniques. The Brewer's Hall serves local microbrews and sustainable wines; the Artisans' Hall provides samples of Chicago-area artisanal foods. A music stage provides entertainment throughout the day. Proceeds benefit FamilyFarmed.org. 11:30 AM-7 PM, Lincoln Park, free.
Following Mexican tradition, Mercadito celebrates Mexico's Independence Day with a late-night fiesta on the eve of the holiday, complete with DJ and special menu. Huarache Mexicano, chila guajilla with masa, and black bean hash will be served along with the La Patria (the patriot) cocktail, a mix of tequila, muddled orange, jalapeno, and xocomole bitters. 10 PM, Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie.
Boka hosts round two of the Chicago Gourmet Supreme Shucker Oyster Shucking Contest. Of the ten chefs competing, four will go on to the championship at Chicago Gourmet. Oyster and drink specials available. Noon-3 PM, Boka, 1729 N. Halsted, 312-337-6070.
The Third Annual Bacon Takedown gives 20 Chicago locals the opportunity to show their bacon prowess and win a year's worth of bacon. Each contestant is given 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label Bacon and set loose to invent the wildest bacon creation they can imagine. Attendees can sample the creations and vote for their favorites. Noon, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, $15 (get tickets here).
The Highland Park Police Department hosts a potluck for vegans feeling lonely and lost in a sea of carnivores. All are invited to bring a raw vegan dish for ten. Plates, napkins, cups, water, and utensils are provided. 1-3:30 PM, Highland Park Police Dept., 1677 Old Deerfield, Highland Park, if not bringing a dish pay $15 at the door.
Bistronomic showcases seasonal offerings from local food sources with a three course prix-fixe dinner special beginning Sunday. Guests can select three courses from chef/owner Martial Noguier's prix fixe for $30. Sun-Tue 5-10 PM, Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash, $30 for three courses, excludes tax and gratuity.
Chicago Animal Care and Control calls all animal lovers to join in celebrating a decade-plus of service benefiting Chicago's homeless animals. More than a dozen Chicago chefs make dishes for attendees to sample, accompanied by fine wines and a 'muttini' bar featuring the 'Cosmopoodliton'. Guests can bid on custom Sidney Garber jewelry, a home-cooked meal by executive chef Jackie Shen, and various other Chicago-themed items. All proceeds benefit Chicago's homeless animal population. 6:30-9 PM, Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, advance tickets $100, $125 at the door.