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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 15, 2011 5:20PM

A view of the dinner set-up.

Farm Dinner

There are still tickets available for City Provisions July Farm Dinner! This Saturday, hop on a bus for a journey to La Pryor Farms in Ottawa. During the biodiesel-powered bus trip you’ll get beer from Two Brothers and paired bites. The brewers will be along, so if you want to talk beer, that’s a great chance. Once you arrive at the farm, you’ll get a tour of the farm and a 5-course dinner with beer pairings. This is an amazing collection of local food experiences, wrapped up into one - which helps to justify the all-inclusive price tag of $225/person. Do it anyway - you’ll never forget it. Email or call 773-293-2489 for tickets.

Chefs in the City

Vital Bridges annual "Chefs in the City" gala, one of the best chef-driven fundraisers of the year, is tonight and tickets are still available online until 2 p.m. After that, they'll be available at the door at no extra cost. (7-9:30 p.m., Ritz Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St.)


The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's Square Kegs Home Brew Club presents "Pairings in the Plaza" - four hours of beer and food in Giddings Plaza. Several of Lincoln Square's best restaurants, including Bistro Campagne, LM, Pizza D.O.C. and Provenance Food and Wine, team up with local breweries to educate in the art of pairing food and beer and tease the taste buds. (2-6 p.m., Giddings Plaza, $30 tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets until 11:59 p.m. tonight. Otherwise $35 at point of entry tomorrow.)


2010 Latin Grammy nominee Sierra Maestra, is now celebrating 34 years since its formation. Sierra Maestra was the first of the modern-era groups to play in the old-style son line-up: tres, guitar, one trumpet, bongo, g├╝iro and vocals — as during the “golden age” of this style in the 1920s and ’30s. They have been the pioneers in reviving this genre for new generations and reintroducing it into the Cuban mainstream. They named themselves after the mountain range in the eastern part of Cuba as a tribute to the birthplace of son. Sierra Maestra takes to Mayne State (1328 W. Morse) for a 9 p.m. show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and advance tickets are available online.

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