Chicago Dining Deals & Events: Veggie Dinner and Bourbon 101

The best eating and drinking for the week of October 20
October 20, 2014
by Sarah Freeman


Bar Toma's Dough Masters series returns with chef Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice) in the kitchen with executive chef Erik Freeberg for a family-style dinner featuring a three-course menu filled with everything dough related — pasta, noodles, dumplings and more. Join them at 6:30 PM, seats cost $65 online.


Jason Vincent just can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen. He’s back, again, for a guest appearance at Boka. Alongside executive chef Lee Wolen, he will prepare a five-course, vegetable-centric dinner using produce from Genesis Growers, a certified organic farm located in St. Anne, Illinois. The meal costs $85, with optional wine pairings for $40 and reserve pairings for $100.


Class is in session at Carnivale University for Bourbon 101. Starting at 6:30 PM, sample bourbon alongside passed appetizers, while head mixologist Daryl Freeman fills your glass with whiskey and head with knowledge. Tickets cost $35 online.


Oyster Ball takes over Bow & Stern. The decadent evening begins at 6:30 PM with an "oyster social," where guests mingle over 12 different raw oyster varieties sourced from both coasts and the Gulf, followed by a seated dinner. Tickets cost $65.


Food trucks, whiskey, gin and maybe a treat or two will be at the Halloween edition of Few Fridays. Costumes are optional but highly encouraged at the evening featuring drinks from Ergys Dizdari of Filini, food from The Tamale Spaceship and a live performance by The Bama Lamas. It all goes down from 5:30-8 PM at Few Spirits in Evanston.


October is cheese month at Bar Pastoral, and in addition to serving and “American Cheese Month Cheese Plate” for $20, the bar will host a wine tasting focused on American-produced wines that are a great complement to the four featured cheeses. The tasting begins at 3:30 PM and costs $5, which will be credited toward store purchases afterward. 


Dave Broom, author of The World Atlas of Whisky, will be hosting an intimate tasting at Sable Kitchen + Bar to commemorate the launch of his newest project, The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition. From 12-2 PM, Dave will guide guests through eight whisky tastings followed by brunch prepared by executive chef Heather Terhune. Tickets cost $120 online.

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