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The Fuckin' Catalina Wine Mixer and other food and drink events

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Thursday20
Bar Toma's Tony and Cathy Mantuano and Amanda Puck invite Chicago to drink out of bottles and eat out of jars to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Attendees will learn how to make the house giardiniera and the goat cheese-and-treviso marmalade, both of which can then be jarred and taken home. 6-9 PM, Bar Toma, 110 E. Pearson, 312-266-3110, $40.

Friday21
Comedians Junior Stopka and Mike Lebovitz host a pseudo-exclusive ice cream social at Saki. The newest edition of Señorita Weiner's Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club takes place at the Logan Square record store. The traveling comedy showcase features stand-up from Stopka and Lebovitz as well as Liza Treyger and Charlie Bury. Afterward there's an ice cream sundae party for those who sign up for the "exclusive club," which "may or may not just be a mailing list." 8 PM, Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, $5.

Rare and highly sought-after beers are the theme of the Local Option's 'Fuckin' Catalina Wine Mixer.' In addition to a heavy metal salad bar, there is the chance to enter a guitar shred-off, where each contestant attempts to melt as many faces as possible with a 30-second solo. The draft list includes beers from Hair of the Dog (based in Portland and not usually available in Illinois), Struise, Loverbeer, and new releases from Pipeworks, and Local Option Bierwerker. 3 PM, guitar shred-off at 10 PM, Local Option, 1102 W. Webster, 21+.

Saturday22
Professional and amateur rib aficionados duke it out for the Gilded Grill in Wicker Park at the 5th Annual Rib-a-Que Smoke-Out. Each competitor presents a take on barbecued baby back ribs, plus a side dish. This year's contestants include Joe's on Weed Street and Bahn Mi & Co. Attendees can vote for their favorites; there's also a judges' panel. Noon-6 PM, Moonshine Brewing Co., 1824 W. Division, $25 in advance here, $35 at the door.

The Plant and Advocates for Urban Agriculture present a Monster Food Truck Rally to benefit—well, themelves. The rally includes live music, a screening of Food Deserts in a Land of Plenty, tours of the Plant, and, of course, food trucks. 11 AM-5 PM, the Plant, 1400 W. 46th, $7 suggested donation.

The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's 25th Annual Apple Fest features dozens of vendors serving up classic and unconventional adaptations of the forbidden fruit. Local musicians perform in Giddings Plaza. 8 AM-5 PM, 4700 N. Lincoln, no admission fee.

Sunday23
Chicago's French restaurants and boutiques offer a Taste of France this weekend, a series of three guided neighborhood tours highlighting signature French dishes and wines, to benefit Action Against Hunger. On Sunday Lincoln Square's dinner tour meets at 5:30 at Provenance for French cheese and wines, steak frites or truite grenobloise, and traditional desserts (2312 W. Leland, $90). Old Town's dinner tour meets Monday at Old Town Social for charcuterie paired with cider, moules frites, poulet roti, and crepes (5:15 PM, 455 W. North, $80). The celebration wraps up a week later with a tour of the French Market, including advice on where to buy ingredients for home-cooked French meals and the history behind French staples like oils, herbs, and cheeses (Sun 9/29, 10 AM, 117 N. Clinton, $30). Tickets available here; all events 21+.

The seventh annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl is back with three dessert-themed routes to choose from, each with 11 different sweet shops. Participants follow their designated route for tasting-sized treats at each stop. 2-5 PM, passport pickup at pH Comedy, 1515 W. Berwyn, tickets $20 in advance here, or call 773-728-2995, $25 day-of.

Tuesday25
Hendrick's Gin hosts Voyages Into the Unusual, a three-night celebration of the "peculiar," at which attendees taste libations including Hendrick's Travelling Punch, a concoction comprised of seasonal, local Chicago ingredients, and observe "unique" entertainment, which includes a botanist, a chemist, circus acts and live music. Tue-Thu 7-10 PM, Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard, sign up here, 21+.

Wednesday26
Goose Island's head brewer Jared Rouben speaks about a different beer theme on the last Wednesday of each month. September's Oktoberfest-influenced theme: German lagers. 6:30 PM, Goose Island Clybourn, 1800 N. Clybourn, 312-915-0071, $20.

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