Food & Drink: Bacon, Beer, Birds, Boo!

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baconfest at Chalkboard

Get ready to pig out when Baconfest kicks off the first in a series of satellite dinners at Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Chef Gilbert Langlois, one of the original Baconfest participants, has taken quite the pork-tastic approach to his

Chalkboard Chef Gilbert Langlois lets his apron do the talking. Credit: Photo courtesy of Baconfest Chicago.

menu: Feast on chocolate bacon lollipops, quail eggs with roasted bacon (aka, bacon and eggs), braised pork belly with savory pumpkin bread pudding and, for dessert, bacon peanut butter custard with bacon fat frosting. Cost is $55 per person/heart attack, including the meal and a complimentary cocktail/defibrillator. Reservations available by phone at 773-477-7144 or online at Open Table.

Beer Tasting at the Book Cellar

She wants to do something all cultural and sophisticated; he just wants to grab a beer. Time to call a truce in the date-night wars: On Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 p.m., the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln, will welcome Jeremy Cowan, who happens to be both an author and the founder of his own brewery. Cowan will read from his book, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, and then offer samples from his Shmaltz Brewing Company, recognized as “Best Craft Brewer” by Beverage World Magazine in 2010. That’s what we call a win-win.

The Basics of Backyard Chickens

Backyard chickens have become part of the growing urban agriculture scene; at this rate, brunch is about to become a BYOE (bring your own eggs) affair. If you’re interested in starting your own flock, Angelic Organics Learning Center is hosting a basic backyard chicken care workshop for beginners, Nov. 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost is $35 and registration is required.

Fall Wine Stroll

Tickets are going fast for the annual Lincoln Square Fall Wine Stroll, Nov. 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., sponsored by Provenance Food & Wine. For one night only, businesses along this stretch of Lincoln Avenue transform into the Napa of the North Side, offering samples of seasonal wines and appetizers. Choose between the Grape or Vine Route, for $40, or opt for both at the discounted price of $60.

Sausage and Suds at Dank Haus

On Nov. 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Baird & Warner City North presents “Sausage & Suds on Six!” at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western. Tickets for the fundraiser, which benefits Neumann Family Services, 5547 N. Ravenswood, are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Enjoy food from Hot Dougs and beer from Half Acre.

Halloween Treats at Sweet Sensations

Sharin Nathan is whipping up spook-tacular Halloween confections at Sweet Sensations Pastry, 1918 W. Montrose. Don’t

The cupcakes at Sweet Sensations are more treat than trick. Credit: Sweet Sensations.

worry, her baked goods are definitely more treat than trick: Though one particularly ghoulish cupcake features a severed eyeball (literally non-edible, it’s plastic) it’s most notable for a nearly one-to-one ratio of cake to frosting. The green buttercream also does double duty as a creepy lip stain.

Kids Eat Cheap at Costello’s

Dining out with the family shouldn’t set you back the equivalent of your underwater mortgage. Costello Sandwich and Sides, 4647 N. Lincoln, is cutting parents a break: the kids’ menu costs a mere $2 on weekdays after 3:00 p.m. with adult purchase of a sandwich at regular price.

Holiday Baking Class at Jewel

If you consider Halloween part of the “holiday season,” then technically Jewel-Osco, 4250 N. Lincoln, isn’t jumping the gun with its free Holiday Baking Class, Oct. 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. And really, it’s never too early for Gingerbread Muffins, Raisin Orange Holiday Trees and Cinnamon Sugar Bread Pudding. To register for the class, visit the store’s service desk or call 773-472-6171.

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