Friday Foodie Forecast: Whiskey, BBQ and neighborhood eats

November 19, 2010

Appreciating food and wine requires us to be worldly. But sometimes, some of the best products are local. This week, take a food tour of Chicago's different neighborhoods or head over to Brand BBQ for Sweet Charity's special barbecue menu. And if you're not a teetotaler, be sure to check out Koval whiskey's "Tipplin' Tuesday" free whiskey seminar.

Koval Distillery's Tipplin' Tuesday

Get your whiskey education on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at Double A's Tipplin' Tuesday event. Guests will sample Koval's Lion's Pride white and aged whiskey, discuss aging techniques, and learn about making whiskey from scratch. The event will take place at 108 W. Kinzie below Mercadito, and admission is free, although space is limited.

Sweet Charity BBQ menu at Brand BBQ Market

Taste barbecue from Sweet Charity at Brand BBQ this Sunday, November 21 at 5 p.m. The menu includes items such as pork belly confit with mixed greens, red onion and burbon mustard; pulled duck, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, bourbon smoked candied pecans, and mixed greens; half a slab of baby back ribs, spicy broccoli, mac and cheese and slaw; and a bourbon smoked candied pecan sundae. Tickets are $65 for Chicago Gourmet members, and $75 for non-members. Tickets can be reserved at http://chicagourmets.org/cart.html. Brand BBQ Market is located at 2824 Armitage Ave.

Taste of the Neighborhoods Tour

Eat your way through each neighborhood of Chicago tomorrow by joining up with the Taste of the Neighborhoods Tour Series. Taste Greek food on Halsted, Italian on Taylor, South Side BBQ, Middle Eastern in Albany Park, and much more in this 4-5 hour tour. The tour includes lunch, and admission is $50 for adults, and $45 for seniors, students and children. For more details, contact the tours here.