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Chicago Culinary Events

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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.


June 21-22, July 19-20, August 23-24, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 15-16, December 13-14
Arun's, a standard for Thai cuisine, introduces an immersive, educational experience via its Best of Thailand Monthly Dining Series. For two days each month starting June 21, 2017, diners can sample a themed, 10- to 12-course prix-fixe menu for $150 conceived by chef Arun Sampanthavivat, who has been at the helm for 32 years. The series follows this schedule: June 21-22, Regional Thai Cuisine; July 19-20, Vegetarian Thai; August 23-24, Marriage from Heaven, Wine and Food pairings; September 20-21, War of Thai Chili Dips; October 18-19, Thai Pasta; November 15-16, Thai Curry Night; December 13-14, Thai Comfort Food, Braised Better. Arun's, 4156 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-539-1909.
Wednesdays through August 30
Wednesdays heat up with live music at The Patio at Café Brauer. Enjoy alfresco dining and drinking complemented by the following lineup: June 28, Zacbe Pichardo (Latin Folk); July 5, V3NTO Classical (Brass); July 12, Congress of Starlings (Folk-Pop); July 19, Tommi Zender & Tom Ryan (Acoustic Pop and Rock); July 26, Silver Rose (Old-Time/Swing); August 2, Paul Kaye (Blues/Ragtime); August 9, Santa Fe (Acoustic Latin); August 16, Jess McIntosh & Aaron Smith (Old-Time & Original Tunes); August 23, Jack Cassidy (Jazz/Pop); August 30, Jonas Friddle (Old-Time Banjo). The Patio at Café Brauer, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614, 312-507-9053.
September 22-23
Brooklyn Brewery will host the interactive Beer Mansion in five themed tasting rooms categorized by flavor at Morgan's on Fulton. The multi-city tour will hit Brooklyn, London, Paris and other locales before stopping in Chicago. Food, games and tech, and DJs will enhance the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early bird tickets are $60. Visit the official website for more information. Morgan's on Fulton, 950 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-374-3686.
October 1
Grand Cochon, the finale event of the COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers) competition series, will crown the winner. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage-breed pigs, each event challenges chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. For more information, visit the official website


Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! offers $3 tapas and $1 pintxos Ongoing
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.
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.

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