2009 was technically the year of the ox, but with all the pork belly and bacon buzz, it sure seemed like the year of the pig. Adventurous pork fanatics can take this obsession one step further in 2010 with Mado restaurant's Pig Butchering series. For $50, participants can join chef and co-owner Rob Levitt as he breaks down an entire pig, explaining how the restaurant uses every part of the animal on their menu. Guests will also get to take home a sampling of the different cuts. Classes start at 12:30 on March 14 and 21 at Mado Restaurant, 1647 North Milwaukee, (773) 342-2340.
For those equally curious about seafood, the Shedd Aquarium's Right Bite program teams up with Naha to present a sustainable seafood dinner on Thursday, March 11 from 7:00 to 9:00. The cost is $75 ($70 for Shedd Aquarium members) and includes environmentally-friendly appetizers, entrees, wine and desserts. Guests must be 21+ and reservations are required. To register, call (312) 692-3206 .