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Friday Foodie Forecast: Dose Market, Tuscan wine dinner and live Latino music

Jo Snow's snow-cone syrups

Temperatures are rising, and this week’s forecast serves up sophisticated but fun adult treats sure to cool you off on a hot, humid day.

Foodies and Fashionistas at Dose Market

Head to the River East Arts Center and join 17 local food artisans – and 20 of their fashion and design counterparts - where Dose, a European-style monthly food and fashion market, launches Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Handpicked by the market’s founders, food, fashion and design vendors gather under one roof one Sunday a month yearround, selling local cheese, honey, artisanal syrups, coffee, smoothies, ice cream, preserves, chocolates, tea and more. Think of it as the Brooklyn Flea in River East. Local favorites include Truffle Truffle’s new I Heart Chicago collection - a collaboration between chocolatier Nicole Greene and Metropolis coffee, the Spice House and Half Acre (at a special Dose price of $20 instead of $28); X-Marx’s boiled dumplings, cold Sichuan noodles, Macao rice crisps and a special Sichuan-spiced version of their addictive Mama’s Nuts nut brittle; Salted Caramel’s new line of frozen sweets, including Thai mango-curry-yogurt pops and chocolate-molé pudding pops; and the premier of Jo Snow’s snow cones. Find the full list of vendors here. Price of admission is $10 at the door, or $8 online at River East Arts Center is located at 435 E. Illinois St. For more information, visit

A Taste of Tuscany at Pelago

ChicaGourmets!hosts a Cecchi Wine Dinner at Pelago where guest of honor Cesare Cecchi will discuss his Tuscan wines this Monday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. Chef Mauro Mafrici, along with his wife, architect Kimberly Anguil Mafrici, have created a special menu beginning with a verticale di antipasti di pesce (tasting of seasonal market fish); filetto di manzo alla mozzarella con tortino di verdure estive (beef tenderloin with melted mozzarella cheese and summer vegetable tart); and “frollino” (cookie ring filled with mascarpone sabayon, banana and blueberry sorbet) served alongside featured wines including; Val della Rose; Villa Cerna; Castello Montauto; and Rosa Regale. Cost for the event is $110 for members and  non-members all inclusive. Reservations are recommended and can be made online here. Pelago is located at 201 E. Delaware Place. For more information, visit

Summer Salsa at Carnivale

Every Wednesday this June, Carnivale will continue their Summer Concert Series featuring an array of new live music from some of Chicago’s most renowned bands from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. – this week’s feature - Eliazar y su Orquesta (salsa and boleros). Featuring latin, salsa, merenge, bachata and more, guests will enjoy live music and entertainment as they indulge in Carnivale’s soulful Latino cuisine and the savory dishes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, El Salvador and Mexico all while enjoying refreshing libations. Patrons can enjoy the music from the bar and lounge as well as Carnivale’s outdoor dining area which boasts views of the Chicago skyline. Admission is free, and for a complete list of upcoming artists, click here. Carnivale is located at 702 W. Fulton. For more information, visit

-Dimitra Apostolopoulos

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