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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

The fanciest opportunity to eat your vegetables, a pay-what-you-want lunch, and some classic Simpsons episodes (plus beer).

Jason Vincent and Lee Wolen   Photo courtesy the Door

Monday, October 20

If you look at pictures of food on the Internet, you’ve probably come across recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi, chef of London’s Ottolenghi restaurant and author of the beloved cookbook Plenty. He’ll be on hand to sign copies of his follow-up to the veggie-centric work, Plenty More, at the Lincoln Park outpost of Williams-Sonoma (1550 N. Fremont St., 312-255-0643). The event, which starts at 6 p.m., costs $38.24 to attend—that’s the price of your copy of the book with sales tax. Buy tickets here.

Tuesday, October 21

Veg out with former Nightwood chef Jason Vincent, who will join forces with Lee Wolen at Boka (1749 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 312-337-6070) for one night only. Their collaborative menu will spotlight seasonal produce from Genesis Growers—you can make reservations for the $85 dinner by calling the restaurant.

Thursday, October 23

Channel your inner reality-show judge at Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Ave., Gold Coast, 312-944-8400). Every Thursday afternoon between now and December 18, Mathieu Noguier will prep a two-course lunch using ingredients from the Green City Market (and a little guidance from his dad, chef Martial Noguier). After dining, pay only what you think the meal is worth.

Sunday, October 26

The impending Halloween season means it’s time for the annual Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode, and Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-697-7922) will be marathoning some of the most classic installments starting at 6 p.m. (fingers crossed for “The Shinning.”).

Get the backstory on Curtis Duffy and the opening of his restaurant, Grace, at the premiere of For Grace, a documentary by Chicago Tribune reporter Kevin Pang and filmmaker Mark Helenowski. The screening, hosted by Peter Sagal of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and featuring a performance by film scorer the Hudson Branch and a discussion with the filmmakers and subjects, starts at 7 p.m. at the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee, Portage Park). Get $10 tickets here.

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