Thursday from 7 to 10 PM at Toast of the Town, Wine Enthusiast’s annual extravaganza at the Field Museum, more than 500 wines and spirits will be paired with food from 30 restaurants, including Carlos’, Mambo Grill, Le Lan, and Vermilion. $95 ($185 with VIP tasting at 6 PM).
Zocalo celebrates Cinco de Mayo early this year, with margaritas, wine, beer, and hors d’ouevres Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. $40.
The Oak Park Conservatory’s annual Herb Sale Saturday from 8 AM to 3 PM features plants for the “urban potager,” including vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, all chosen for their ability to thrive in Chicago’s climate as well as for their flavor.
Saturday at 6:30 PM, Pastoral‘s downtown location is hosting a class on how to create infused artisan vodka, using Death’s Door vodka and ingredients like peanuts, bacon, lavender, cucumber, basil, and horseradish. Cherry lavender fizz cocktails (with lavender gin) and horseradish egg sours (with horseradish-infused vodka) will be served during the class, and each participant will take home a jar of their own infused vodka. $50, reservations required.
The Cuisine of Afghanistan, the latest dinner and class in the Oriental Institute’s series on food from the Near East, will highlight traditional specialties such as mantu (meat dumplings), ashak (scallion dumplings), and quabili palau (lamb stew served over seasoned rice) at Kabul House Sunday at 7 PM. Owner Abdul Qazi will explain the preparation and history of each dish he serves and share some of his favorite recipes. $45 (includes tax, tip, and wine).
Tuesday from noon to 2 PM is the reopening of Hull-House Kitchen, a program to honor the legacy of Jane Addams and the original soup kitchen at her Hull House, the first of its kind in Chicago. Every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Residents’ Dining Hall, Hull-House Museum staffers will serve free organic soup and bread during a discussion of topics related to sustainability, health, food supply, community, and the environment.