Chicago Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Chicago. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Chicago. We've also got the latest Chicago Restaurant News and Wine Events.
April 17 & 18
Seriously --- who doesn't love bacon? You can get your fix during the annual Baconfest. The celebration focuses on the food in every way imaginable (and in ways you'd never imagine). There will be bacon-themed events, contests and performances, too. For more information, visit baconfestchicago.com. Baconfest, UIC FORUM, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608, no phone.
COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers), a traveling culinary competition and tasting event, heads to Chicago. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage-breed pigs, each event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu from one 200-pound family-raised heritage breed pig, nose-to-tail. Tickets start at $125. For more information, visit cochon555.com
Witness the highlight of the year in the gastronomic world at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards & Gala Reception. During this weekend event known as the "Oscars of the Food Industry," see which professionals throughout America, from chefs to food journalists, are recognized for their extraordinary excellence and achievements. While award winners in the book, journalism and broadcast categories will be presented in New York City on April 24 for the first time this year, the culinary ceremony will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. To find out more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org/awards
On Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-midnight and nightly from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! attracts a crowd with $3 tapas (like spicy potatoes with tomato aïoli) and $1 pintxos (bite-size snacks). In addition, $3 Estrella Damm bottles are available all day. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! , 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
Las Palmas is courting families with serious deals. Children under the age of 10 won't pay to dine Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and all day on Sunday when accompanied by two paying adults. Las Palmas, 1835 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-289-4991.
Four Farthings serves half-price appetizers Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7p.m. in the bar. Score items like wings, nachos and fried calamari for a song. Four Farthings, 2060 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-2060.
On Fridays, Le Bouchon in Bucktown offers $1 oysters in the bar area. Le Bouchon, 1958 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-862-6600.