This week in food events: Inaugural Masquerade del Mercado

October 26, 2011

It's not socially acceptable for adults to go trick-or-treating (so they say) so if you don't have a kid to front you—or especially if you do—get your costumes ready for the inaugural Masquerade del Mercado Sunday night at Carnivale. Those crazy Green City Market Junior Board kids will be hosting this new fall fundraiser. As a taste of treats to come, their online auction is live now. High bid's currently $2,000 for a "Night out with the Chefs," the Chefs being Girl and the Goat's Stephanie Izard, Old Town Social's Jared Van Camp, The Trencherman's Michael Sheerin, and Goose Island's brewmaster Jared Rouben—all leading a night of debauchery. Bail not included, I'm presuming.

Thursday, Uncommon Ground on Devon hosts a Koval Distiller's Tasting Dinner. The three-course menu includes a goat cheese fennel salad, sausage, a pear tart, and Koval cocktails with every course. Have you toured the UCOD rooftop farm and/or the distillery? Me neither—yet—but I love their respective food and drink.

Saturday's a busy busy day. No way you can do it all, so read 'em and weep.

The Green City Market holds its season finale—outdoors. The market moves indoors and Saturdays only, to the Notebaert in November (which is next week, I know, can't believe it either).

If you finish your marketing early, the Culinary Historians of Chicago present "Raising Austria: The History of Austrian Breads" at Kendall. Strudel dough will be stretched from scratch, live, right before your very eyes.

But meanwhile, the Illinois Science Council presents the "Chemistry of Honey" at the Notebaert. One of the questions that will be answered: Why doesn't honey go bad after months, or even years? Pooh Bears need not attend.

Early afternoon, you can do the Canning Swap-o-Rama at The Brown Sack. LTHer pairs4life has organized the exchange for canners and "the folks who love them." It's free and open, but please RSVP.

Sunday, yes, finally you can wear your costume out in public, to the highly anticipated Masquerade del Mercado. Did I mention that the best costume wins dinner for two at GT? And there will be on-site live drawing prizes too? The "Bucktown Package" includes a fried chicken dinner for six at The Southern, "coupled with a Style and Make-Up session with renowned stylist Trisha Starr-Perez of Karen Marie Salon (an organic and sustainable salon)"—which all sounds really awesome, but I hope the dinner and session don't have to be on the same night. But if that's your thing, who am I to judge?

Monday is Halloween, as if you didn't know. And yes, Snickers are still the best.

Please remember to get someone to revive you from your candy coma by Tuesday night for the In Fine Spirits Harvest Beer and Cider Dinner. Chef Marianne Sundquist will make five exquisite courses, paired with said beer and cider. I'd kidnap her to make me dinner every night—but they say that's not socially acceptable either.