Chow down during the big game tonight at a watch party inside Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave., Wicker Park, 773-537-4440.) $20 gets you a meat-heavy buffet smorgasbord: sausage, meatballs, sandwiches, plus a drink. The feast starts at 6 p.m.
Shake up a better drink and learn everything you could ever possibly want to know about tequila at Takito Kitchen’s (2013 W. Division St., Ukrainian Village, 773-687-9620). At a crash course in boozing, Mixology 101, participants will snack on appetizers and sip tequila as Adam Weber walks through the history of the liquor and teaches the technique behind his version of the margarita. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Buy $20 advance tickets here.
Sample some of Milwaukee’s best without leaving the state at Two (1132 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-623-8363), when the restaurant brings in three-time James Beard nominee Dan Van Rite of that city’s Hinterland to collaborate with Tom Van Lente on a five-course meal. Each dish will be paired with one of Hinterland’s brews, and the evening will also feature plentiful Templeton rye cocktails. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres start at 6:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Make reservations for the $85 meal by calling the restaurant.
Grab a quick meal and celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, all at the same time. Fast-casual Indian restaurant Bombay Spice (213 E. Ohio St., 312-828-0988) will have buy one, get one free entrées through Thursday available at their Streeterville café for the holiday.
Plan your holiday parties early—or, at least, plan the cheese course. Cheesemonger Nicole Benjamin will be teaching a class on how to plan the perfect party platter of cheeses for the holidays at the Lincoln Square location of Provenance Food and Wine (2312 W. Leland Ave., 773-784-2314). The $35 admission fee (the event starts at 7 p.m.; get tickets here) includes fête-friendly wine pairings and 15 percent off purchases made that night.