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For the Foodies

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Nov 7, 2008 3:47PM

It's turning out to be a picture perfect autumn morning, don't you think? Here are some events over the next seven days to tie you over while we fill our flask with some Bulleit bourbon.

  • Today and Tomorrow: Allen Brothers Steaks and Big Green Egg Grills present the "Allen Brothers/Steak & Eggs Gourmet Grilling Festival" at Carmichael's Steak House in the West Loop (1052 W. Monroe). Tonight will feature a cocktail party and book signing with "Dr. BBQ" Ray Lampe, author of the new NFL Game Day Cookbook. The grilling kicks off at 10 a.m. tomorrow with a slew of grilling classes focused on wood burning ovens, smokers and ceramic grills like the Big Green Egg. Among the chefs participating will be Allen Brothers' corporate chef Richard Naglich. Tickets are $49 and available for purchase at
  • Tomorrow: Have farmers market withdrawal? The 61st Street Farmers Market (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.) moves indoors through December 13. LINK cards are accepted.
  • Tomorrow: Like the cast of a classic Universal film, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's 6th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers will have two tasting sessions (1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.) at the Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W. Washington). Tickets are available for purchase here.
  • Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!: Sensing a movie theme here. Room 21 is getting in on the budget dining action with a Sunday supper and silent film series from 4-9 p.m. This week's screenings are Charlie Chaplin films: "The Gold Rush," "Modern Times" and "Limelight." It should be noted that "Limelight" is a talkie, but we'll still give 'em points for screening it. These Sunday dinners are also BYOB with no corkage fee. (2110 S. Wabash)
  • Sunday-Thursday: SushiSamba Rio (504 N. Wells) has a $35 "recession" menu from 5 p.m. until closing. Enjoy a three-course with your choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Additionally, select bottles of wine and sake are available for $20 with the purchase of the recession menu.
  • Wednesday: sola's monthly wine dinner is focusing on French wines this month. The five-course menu is $75 per person. Reservations are required (3868 N. Lincoln, 773-327-3868).
  • Thursday: In conjunction with Pinot Days 2008, Perman Wine Selections (802 W. Washington Blvd.) is having a free tasting of pinot noir from 4:30-7 p.m.