This week in food events: Soup & Bread BYOS

November 2, 2011

Tonight, Wednesday, remember to BYOS (Bring Your Own Spoon) to the Soup & Bread book release party at the Hideout, asks author and soup mistress Martha Bayne. And might I suggest, bring your own bowl and cloth napkin too? Martha's been hosting the free weekly soup dinner for three years now, raising over $15,000 in donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others, spoon by spoon. Tonight’s soups will be brought to you by West Town Tavern, Swim Café, The Butcher & Larder, Milk & Honey Café, MANA Food Bar, Revolution Brewing, Longman & Eagle, Bite Café and “others”; bread from La Farine Bakery; and beer from Rev Brew too. The event is open and free, but please remember to make a donation, and buy a book if you can. Yes, soup for you!

Meanwhile, also tonight, there’s a Sustainable: Chicago panel discussion at Kendall featuring local chefs, experts, and special guest Marissa Guggiana. Guggiana is the sustainable meat expert and cookbook author—most recently, the new book “Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America’s Top Restaurants"—you may have heard this morning on 848 with Allison Cuddy. The discussion will be followed by a book signing and tasting of recipes from the book. Please RSVP to Emily Green at emily@welcomebooks.com or 914-648-9048. Look for staff meals from Blackbird, Belly Shack, and the above-mentioned Butcher & Larder. Said butcher, and all-around good guy, Rob Levitt, will somehow also be at this event. Who said sausages aren't energy food?

Tomorrow night, Thursday, C-House Exec Chef Nicole Pederson and Pastry Chef Melissa Trimmer host a Fall Harvest Cider Dinner, with French cider producer Domaine Dupont. Special guest Greg Hall, he of Goose Island, will discuss his new project, Virtue Cider. The dinner will be preceded with a reception and passed canapés (I can't tell you how much I love canapés), then four courses, each paired cider, except the last one, with Calvados. Do you know about le trou normande? The, um, Norman hole, is a glass of Calvados—and its pause—taken during dinner to make room for the next course. Not quite sure how that works really, but I say, "Santé!"

Saturday, get ready for Vegan Mania at Pulaski Park! Billed as the "ultimate vegan house party!" Lollapaloozers eat your hearts out! Not literally of course.

Sunday, the lovely Dose Market returns like the full moon goddess to the River East Art Center. Look for Doughnut Vault's six new flavors, Great Lake's focaccias, and NoMI pastry chef's Meg Galus' sweets. I hear there are other non-edible and drinkable goods too. So I hear.

Monday, the mushroom club, officially the Illinois Mycological Association, hosts "Save the Mushrooms!" at the North Park Village Nature Center. Mycologicial rock star Greg Mueller will talk about the need for conserving mushrooms and how you—yes, you—the amateur mycologist can do it too. But remember, the first rule of Mushroom Club...