Also tonight, Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall hosts a free tasting of Bourbon County Stout from 6 PM to 8 PM at Lush Wine & Spirits. The 2005, 2006, and 2007 vintages of the intense brew will be stacked up against each other.
And as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, two critically acclaimed food documentaries, The Future of Food and Our Daily Bread, screen back to back tonight at Facets. At 6:30 PM, the first, directed by Deborah Koons Garcia, examines the effects of biotechnology and U.S. patent laws—particularly as manipulated by Monsanto—on consumers and small farmers and traces “the web of connections between major agricultural industrialists and the highest levels of government.” The second, screening at 8:30 PM, is director Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s expose of “the brave new world of industrial food production and high-tech farming.” $5 per film in advance; $7 at the door.
Green City Market moves to its winter home at the Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park on Saturday. The Winter Market will be open from 7 AM-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through December 22 (closed on Nov. 24).
Saturday from noon to 1:30, there’s a panel called Organic Connection—Agriculture and Our Food Supply at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple as part of CHF. Corby Kummer, senior food editor at the Atlantic, discusses trends in the local/organic/sustainable food movement with Terra Brockman of the Land Connection, Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center, and organic farmers Dennis and Emily Wettstein. $5.
Gerry Buster and Don Newcomb of ChicaGourmets host Seafood With the Stars Sunday at 6 PM at Sepia. Guest of honor chef David Pasternack of the New York restaurant Esca will be signing his book, The Young Man & the Sea: Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales From Esca, but it’s Sepia chef Kendal Duque who’ll be doing the cooking. The five-course meal includes several recipes from the book and costs $89 for ChicaGourmets members, $99 for nonmembers.
Sunday at 1 PM, the Pro/Am Wine Tasting Contest at Geja’s Cafe, billed as “the Olympics of wine tasting,” challenges participants in both professional and amateur divisions to identify the grape, place of origin, and vintage of eight wines. The prize (one for each division) is an engraved crystal decanter. It’s $17 to enter.
The grand opening of Provenance‘s new Lincoln Square location at 2312 W. Leland is Sunday from 5-9 PM. There’ll be wine, appetizers, and a drawing for prizes.
Naha hosts a Right Bite Dinner, the latest in Shedd Aquarium’s series of sustainable seafood dinners at restaurants around town, Monday at 6 PM. Shedd specialists will discuss news from the aquarium; the menu will feature such exemplifiers as trap-caught Florida stone crab, Lake Huron Great Lakes Canadian whitefish, locally harvested cranberries, and foraged black walnuts. $75.
Tuesday at noon at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Rudolph Chelminski talks about his book I’ll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made It the World’s Most Popular Wine. That peasant would, of course, be Georges Duboeuf, whose success in promoting wines from the Beaujolais region is illustrated every year around this time (the third Thursday of November, to be exact) when people race to taste Beaujolais Nouveau on its release date.
Cook au Vin’s Fete the Late Harvest, a French wine and cheese festival, Thursday 11/8 from 7 PM to midnight at the Cook au Vin party room, isn’t for the faint of heart. Prominent among the selection of 20 cheeses — some relatively rare — are pungent washed-rind cheeses, including Livarot, Pont l’Eveque, and Epoisses (whose aroma reportedly got it banned from French public transport). The blues, particularly Roquefort Societe and Saint Agur, aren’t exactly mellow either. $30 if reserved by 11/3, $45 after.