Handpicked Chicago food and drink events: trash fish dinner, mah jongg and more

Handpicked Chicago food and drink events: trash fish dinner, mah jongg and more

Three Sisters black bean salad with vegetables and red Thai curry by bellyq chef Bill Kim with Green Acres Farm at Green City Market Chefs BBQ 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)

Friday, May 17
Unicornucopia: Big Fork, Co-op Sauce, and Pipeworks Brewing collaboration party at Star Lounge. A Chicago Craft Beer Week four course, four beer pairing dinner. First magical course: Wisconsin morels, Michigan asparagus, crispy Don Pedro’s prosciutto, shaved salt cured yolk, and fermented poblano vinaigrette; paired with Pipeworks’ Ninja Vs. Unicorn Double IPA. Admission $45.

Saturday, May 18
Agroterrorism (Food Poisoning Brought to a New Level!) at the Chicago History Museum. Presented by the Culinary Historians of Chicago, poison expert Dr. Jerrold Leikin will discuss agroterrorism, including the first and biggest bioterrorist attack in U.S. history: the 1984 Rajneeshee salad bar salmonella contamination which poisoned 751 people in 10 Oregon restaurants. What food samples will be served at a food poisoning event? Come and be surprised! This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified. Admission FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members, $5 general, $3 for students.

Sunday, May 19
Goose Island 25th anniversary party outside at Goose Island’s Fulton Street Brewery. A celebration of beer, with actual craft brewers on-site, plus local food favorites and music. Sample craft beers from Goose Island (including the Fulton and Wood, and Bourbon County collections) plus special guests Half Acre, Emmett’s Brewing, Virtue Cider, and more. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Admission $25.

Monday, May 20
Trash Fish Dinner: the Best Seafood You’ve Never Tried at Big Jones. Asian carp, scup, dogfish, triggerfish, smelt and speckled trout have traditionally been discarded by fishermen, left off menus by chefs, and are virtually unknown to the general public. Presented by Chefs Collaborative, 10 of Chicago’s best chefs turn trash fish into treasured dinner. Hosted by Big Jones chef Paul Fehribach with Avec’s Erling Wu-Bower, Blackbird’s Paul Kahan, North Pond’s Bruce Sherman, Prairie Grass Café’s Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, Trattoria No. 10’s Laura Piper, Trenchermen’s Michael and Patrick Sheerin, and Vie and Perennial Virant’s Paul Virant. The dinner is sold out but add your name to the waitlist to be notified when seats become available. Weather permitting, Big Jones will open the patio. All proceeds benefit Chefs Collaborative. Admission $125.

Tuesday, May 21

Chinese Roots of Mah Jongg at the Chicago History Museum. Presented by the Chicago History Museum in collaboration with the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, discuss the cross-cultural love of Mah Jongg over kosher tea. This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified. Admission $8 for Chicago History Museum members, $10 general.

Wednesday, May 22
International Biodiversity Day at The Field Museum. Travel the globe through the lens of photographer David Cavagnaro. Learn the geographic origins of our favorite fruits and vegetables, and the diaspora that’s responsible for the diversity we have today. Tour the Edible Treasures Garden at the museum then taste food inspired by this year’s plantings. Presented by the Field Museum, Peterson Garden Project, Seed Savers Exchange, and Jewell Events Catering, celebrating seed diversity. Admission $10.

Thursday, May 23
Meet the Market at bellyQ. Presented by the Green City Market Junior Board, kick off this season’s series with passed apps and featured cocktails from Koval Distillery and Green Acres Farm of North Judson, Indiana. Admission FREE, food complimentary, Koval cocktails additional and act as your donation.

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