This week in food events: Mother's Day is this Sunday!

May 8, 2012

All you really need to know this week is Mother's Day is this Sunday! If you haven't already, make reservations now—if you can, especially for brunch. If you're cooking, keep it simple. And if you can't be with your mom, remember to call—if you still can.

Wednesday, May 9

Food (In)Security—Food Security and Food Sovereignty at the University of Chicago will "discuss gaps between the framework of food security as defined by international organizations and the more challenging grass-roots notion of food sovereignty." What's food sovereignty? "Food sovereignty, as articulated by groups such as La Via Campesina, is the right of people to define agricultural and food policy, including prioritizing local agricultural production, access of peasants and landless people to land, water, seeds, and credit. Wendell Berry once wrote, 'If you eat, you are involved in agriculture.'”

Thursday, May 10

The Working Lunch at the Fairmont Hotel "features NPR’s senior national correspondent Linda Wertheimer" and "1,000 of Chicagoland’s business, education, and civic leaders...for an afternoon of networking, building connections, and creating change for working women."

The A-can-emy Awards cocktail party and gala at the Merchandise Mart, benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and is the judging and awards reception for CANstruction 2012. "More than 85,000 pounds of food from the 19 colossal structures of the Sixth Annual CANstruction design/build competition will go to provide food for hungry people in Cook County. Chicago architects, engineers, and construction companies are showing off their designs and engineering genius to aid in the cause to fight hunger. All cans used in the structures benefit the Food Depository."

Sip & Savor benefitting Special Olympics Chicago serves food by Kendal Duque of The Chicago Firehouse; Chris Pandel of Balena; Ryan Poli of Tavernita; and Mike and Pat Sheerin of the imminent Trenchermen—and beer pairings provided by Three Floyds and Goose Island.

Friday, May 11

The Plant & Bake Sale Fundraiser at the Peterson Garden features heirloom tomato starts including Grandfather Ashlock, Box Car Willie, and Prudens Purple—as well as master gardeners, certified Square Foot Gardening instructors and "baked goods from Chicago pastry chefs."

Saturday, May 12

The Dill Pickle Prom at the Logan Square Auditorium, benefitting The Dill Pickle Food Co-Op expansion, includes "tasty treats, prom pix, punch, raffle prizes, and a cash bar. Everything awesome about your prom with none of the lame stuff."

Sunday, May 13

Toast your mom on Mother's Day at the May Dose market at the River East Arts Center with "complimentary Virtue cider and Koval Distillery cocktails mixed with Quince + Apple syrup" then get a preview of Pecking Order's Filipina-style chicken from chef Kristine Subido and her mom.