Monday, August 25

Need weeknight dinner plans? Today through Thursday marks the third annual Old Town Restaurant Week, and you can get a $10 off coupon for a purchase of $30 or more at one of 13 Wells Street spots. Take a peek at the list (and print out the coupon) here.

Or you can check out the 25th Anniversary Week celebration at Weber Grill (multiple area locations, see webergrillrestaurant.com for details), where they’ll have a special three-course menu this week for $25 featuring dishes from throughout the restaurant’s history, plus drink specials and a $5 lunch burger.

Tuesday, August 26

Harness the power of pickling at the first in a series of homesteading workshops at the Scrumptious Pantry and Dill Pickle Co-Op office (3230 W. Fullerton Ave., Logan Square). This one, taught by the brining and fermenting masters at Edible Alchemy in Pilsen, will talk kimchi, kraut, and all manner of sour sides—pick up a $10 early bird ticket here.

Wednesday, August 27

Get a liquid education on the basics of vermouth courtesy of Azzurra (1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-278-5959). Their Vermouth 101 event will include tastings of classic cocktails using the fortified wine—think martinis and Manhattans—along with some seasonal bar bites. Grab $25 tickets here.

Saturday, August 30

Mark Labor Day weekend with a buttload of pork at the Cochon Heritage BBQ, where five Chicago chefs (including Chrissy Camba of Laughing Bird and Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice) will each go to town on a 200-pound heritage breed pig—basically, it’s a backyard barbecue version of the beloved Cochon 555 pigout each year. Tickets for the event, which will take place at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse (605 N. Sacramento Blvd., East Garfield Park), start at $125 and include all you can eat pig meat.