Monday, February 23
Say cheese at a Raclette dinner at Bar Pastoral (2947 N. Broadway, Lake View, 773-472-4781), where $35 gets you a meal with all the super-melty Alpine-style cheese you could possibly want. It’s the only menu they’ll be offering this evening.
Tuesday, February 24
The week in beer events, part one: Paint it black at the fifth annual edition of It Might Get Dark at Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood, 773-697-8204), the bar’s celebration of the darkest beers possible with porters and stouts aplenty taking over the taps and appropriately heavy music playing on the speakers. Draft prices will range from $6 to $12.
The week in beer events, part two: Combine booze and sugar with a preview of the new March menu at Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square, 773-245-1630), which focuses on mixing alcohol in with caramels and truffles. For $25, you can have all kinds of chocolates plus drinks and other tastings—the party runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and you can get tickets here.
Friday, February 27
All you want to do this time of year is hunker down with wine and cheese anyway, so schedule an appearance at a fest celebrating the two at Eataly (43 E. Ohio St., River North, 312-521-8700). You’ll be able to stuff yourself Italian wines and local dairy with either a $40 all-access pass or $4-a-pop tickets. The party runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 28
The week in beer events, part three: Learn to pair pizza from Frasca Pizzeria (3358 N. Paulina, Roscoe Village, 773-248-5222) with brews from Half Acre at this pie-making class, where you’ll get to make (and eat) your own creation alongside three eight-ounce pours of the brewery’s creations. Call the restaurant to make reservations.