Eat this, drink that: exotic chocolate, lucky food, and more

Eat this, drink that: exotic chocolate, lucky food, and more

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Chinese-American egg rolls by Fanny Go for Chinese New Year 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)

Saturday, February 16

Culinary Historians of Chicago presents Chocolate With a Taste of Pakistan: East meets West in Crossover Confections at Kendall College. Owner/chocolatier Uzma Sharif, of Chocolat Uzma Sharif in Pilsen will discuss her influences, from her grandfather, a renown pastry chef in South Asia to her own role as Wolfgang Puck’s head pastry chef at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Sharif will serve samples of her stunning spice and flower infused handmade exotic chocolates. Admission 5, $3 for students, FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall students and faculty.

Sunday, February 17

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce presents the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Wentworth from 24th to 22nd. Celebrate the Year of the Snake with fireworks, lion teams, a 100 foot mystical dragon, marching bands, floats, and Miss Friendship Ambassador. While you’re there, be sure to eat lucky egg rolls and nian gao, the sticky sweet glutinous rice new year cake available at any bakery. Admission FREE.

Tuesday, February 19

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis, the legendary African-American woman, chef, and restaurant owner. Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush will read excerpts from Lewis’ highly acclaimed cookbooks, The Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor. Most definitely a Lewis soup will be served. Admission FREE.

Wednesday, February 20

Soup & Bread presents this week’s theme, All Things Cow-nsidered (“Milk, cheese, butter, and beef. And leather…“) at the Hideout, benefitting Central City Housing Ventures food pantry, with bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: Everyone LOVES the Generous!