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Food And Drink Events: Sake Luau, Speed Rack And More

By Melissa McEwen in Food on Apr 27, 2015 4:15PM

Liz Pearce wins the 2013 Chicago Speed Rack

Tuesday, April 28

Nama Sake Luau Party: Springtime Patio Bash
Mott St. (1401 Ashland Ave.)
7 p.m.
$25 per ticket

Mott St. is marking the opening of their patio with a celebration of nama sake, a raw fresh unfiltered sake, paired with a buffet spread including dishes like garlic fried rice and candied shrimp.

Wednesday, April 29

Tanta's Cultural Crossover with Mexique's Chef Carlos Gaytan
Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave.)
6 p.m.
$110 without pairings and $170 with pairings, call 312-222-9604 for reservations

Chef Gaytan and Tanta's Chef Jesus Delgado pair up for a dinner featuring both Mexican and Peruvian flavors. Courses include dishes like Delgado's Paiche Rice Tamal, an Amazon River fish wrapped and cooked with rice in banana leaves, rocoto chipotle sauce and Amazonian chalaca.

Thursday, April 30

Locallective (1257 N. Milwaukee Ave)
7 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
$20 per ticket, includes 2 drink/food tickets

Culinary and art night market Sauced is pairing up with Locallective for another night market event, featuring live music from Glass Lux, a bar with a special guest bartender, as well as Sauced's signature food and art vendors.

Saturday, May 2

Roots & Culture Spring Gala: Tiki Style
Hairpin Art Center (2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
7-11 p.m.
$75 in advance, $90 at the door

Support the Roots & Culture gallery while enjoying a full tiki bar, Hawaiian-style food and beer from Marz Brewing while dancing to Audio Jack & USA Gold.

Sunday, May 3

Speed Rack
Thalia Hall (807 S. Allport St.)
4-8 p.m.
$25 per ticket

It's the annual Chicago finals of the all-female bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer research. Enjoy the competition and find out who will go to nationals while enjoying punches and snacks.

For more events this week, see our April Event Guide