Monday, January 27
Beer will help you forget it’s frigid out. So double up with a documentary called “The Beer Hunter,” about drinks journalist Michael Jackson, as you enjoy offerings from breweries including Destihl, 5 Rabbit, and Great Lakes out of a souvenir glass. Stick around for a craft beer experts panel, too. The $40 event at the Gage (24 S. Michigan, The Loop, 312-372-4243) starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are available at the restaurant and online here.
Or maybe you’d rather warm up with an evening of food storytelling. There are a few tickets left for the second installment of Between Bites at the Dawson (730 W. Grand, West Town, 312-243-8955), where six local food writers and experts will be sharing stories around the theme of “Hot/Cold.” Proceeds from the $25 event (tickets here), which includes cocktails and heavy appetizers, will go to a scholarship fund at Kendall College on behalf of Dawson bartender Jason Cevallos.
Thursday, January 30
Learn to tell your blancos from your reposados at Taco Joint (158 W. Ontario, River North, 312-337-8226), where they’re launching a new tequila tasting series. Samples of two tequilas from Olmeca, along with cocktails and snacks, will be on hand for the evening. Buy $33 tickets here.
Saturday, February 1
Impress your Super Bowl party guests with beer-friendly dumplings you learned to make at BellyQ’s (1400 W. Randolph, West Loop, 312-563-1010) cooking demo. Chef Bill Kim will be teaching attendees how to make beef and cheddar cheese, pork and cilantro, and buffalo chicken dumpling bites to pair with Half Acre’s Pony Pilsner. Make reservations for the $35 lesson (with snacks) here.
Sunday, February 2
Sunday is a very big day—it’s La Chandeleur, the French festival of crêpes. Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash, Gold Coast, 312-944-8400) will have a crêpes suzette special to celebrate, with two of the pancakes soaked in Grand Marnier for $8 at both lunch and dinner.