Monday, January 20
Swap mittens for The Mitten, Virtue’s aged winter cider, as 12 mixologists from bars such as Longman & Eagle and Sportsman’s Club use it in the Stone Fence cocktail in a competition at Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-857-0421). Bring winter clothes for Chicago Public School kids and get a free piece of Virtue Cider glassware as a souvenir.
Tuesday, January 21
Become the Ansel Adams of Instagramming your dinner with a lesson from local food photographer Huge Galdones, who’ll be talking about improving your iPhone culinary technique at the Apple Store (679 N. Michigan Ave., Streeterville, 312-529-9500) at 7 p.m. Make a reservation here.
For the fourth edition of the Moveable Feast dinner series at Found (1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945), they’ll be working with the Spence Farm Foundation for a midwinter farmers’ market-inspired, five-course meal paired with local wines in Found’s private room. Buy tickets for the $85 pre-tax meal here.
Thursday, January 23
Get a sneak sip of Ten Hills Pale Ale, one of the newest beers from Goose Island, at a free meet-and-greet from 5 to 7 p.m. at Franklin Tap (325 S. Franklin, The Loop, 312-212-3262). Samples of several other beers, including the Kisetsu sake saison and the single-heritage barley beer Leisure Suit, will also be on hand.
Friday, January 24
It’s back. Chicago Restaurant Week begins its 14-day campaign of fixed-price dining all over the city and ‘burbs, with $22 lunch menus and $33 or $44 dinner options. Browse the available menus here.