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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Gorge on guac, pork, gumbo, and more.

Shrimp guacamole at Nacional 27   Photo courtesy Nacional 27

Monday, 11/11

Blow out the candles at the Florentine (151 W. Adams St., The Loop, 312-660-8866) on the restaurant’s third birthday—or just partake of its special menu, with three dishes (a mushroom carpaccio, carbonara pizza, or whole-wheat pasta with duck sugo) available for $11.11 for one night only.

Thursday, 11/14

Celebrate the avocado’s greatest contribution to mankind, guacamole, by sampling one of the six versions available at Nacional 27’s (325 W. Huron St., River North, 312-664-2727) National Guacamole Day celebration: In addition to their standard, they’ll have one with shrimp, an extra-spicy guac, and more. Better: All of it, plus tapas and ceviche, will be half-price in their lounge from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a DIY guacamole demonstration at 7 p.m. and salsa dancing lessons at 8 p.m.

Friday, 11/15

Help victims of the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan—Sunda (110 W. Illinois St., River North, 312-644-0500) has teamed up with the Consulate General of the Philippines for a fundraising lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have a special Filipino menu just for the day, and all the proceeds from the lunch will go to the Phillipine Red Cross.

Watch Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat show off her new line of packaged sauces and rubs, The Flavor, at Goddess and Grocer in Bucktown (1646 N. Damen Ave., 773-342-3200) from 5 to 7 p.m. Wines from the store’s selection will be available to taste alongside with Flavor samples.

Saturday, 11/16

Gorge on all things porcine at the final night of the three-day Feast of the Pig at Francesca’s Forno (1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-770-0184), capped off with the entrée offering of a stuffed whole roasted suckling pig. If you’re not ready to go whole hog, pork shows up all over the rest of the menu, from prosciutto-stuffed raviolini to a kale Caesar salad with lard croutons.

Sunday, 11/17

Cast your vote for the city’s best gumbo at Frontier (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., West Town, 773-772-4322), where amateurs will face off with pros from Trenchermen, Takito Kitchen, Tanta, and five other restaurant kitchens to see who can put out the top version of the Bayou classic during halftime of the New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers game. Gumbo samples and admission are free, and there are beer and food specials running, too. The game kicks off at 3:25 p.m., but the festivities start at 2 p.m. and run until a gumbo winner’s announced when the game ends.

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