Now, all these events are going to be in Chicago since that’s where I live. However, if you have anything you’d like me to add in your local area, just let me know!
Veggie Fest 2008 – Its a 2 day festival featuring cooking demonstrations, 40 vegetarian food venders and exhibitors, and discusssions on heathful living. 11 am – 6 pm Saturday at the Science of Spirituality Center, 4S175 Naperville Rd., Napterville. For more information, call 800-222-2207
Windy City Chili Cookoff – Cooks compete for the best chili in salsa, chili verde, and traditional categories as part of the Retro on Roscoe Street Festival. The $5 entry fee includes samples of the chili with they last. The fee also benefits St. Teresa of Avila food pantry. 1 pm Saturday and Sunday at Roscoe St and Hoyne Ave. For more information, call 773-871-5623
Morel Tales – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is presenting “Exploring the Wild Mushroom . . . Myths, Flavors, and Facts” at Kendall College in a Chicago Foodways Roundtable discussion. $3 unless you are a Kendall College student (then free). 10 am Saturday at Kendal College, 900 N North Branch St. Reservations can be made by calling 847-432-8255 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Party With Style – Justin Hall from FIG Catering shows how to host an elegant and delicious dinner party. Free. 2 pm Saturday at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, 600 N Wabash Ave. For more information, call 312-324-7678
Fish Tips – Sam Dean grills halibut basted with maple chipotle marinade in a demonstration class for free. Noon Saturday at Burhops Seafood, Plaza Del Lago, 1515 N Sheridan Road, Wilmette. For more information, please call 847-256-6400
Brunch Demystified – Keven Hickey and Jonathan Lane of the Four Seasons present classes that explore the hotel’s famous Sunday brunch. $100 includes brunch. 11 am August 10 and August 24. 120 W Delaware Pl. For reservations, please call 312-649-2325
Sweet and Savory Grilling – Chefs Pamela Fitzpatrick and Mark Gyure show how to make three seasonal pizzas and desserts on the grill. August 12 at Fox & Obel, 401 E Illinois St. For reservations, call 312-379-0133
Swedish specialty – Chef Donna Scheppe teaches how to create a Swedish tea ring in a hands on class for $25. 1 pm August 4 at Two Kitchens, 2035 W Washington St, Suite 155, Naperville. Register by calling 630-717-9630.