Unfortunately, the two most interesting food events going down this week are sold out. ChicaGourmets set up a meal with Batali’s mad genius mentor Marco Pierre White–in town to promote his memoir, The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef, Saturday at Ambria, AND brings Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso together again for the 25th Anniversary update of the Silver Palate Cookbook, Tuesday at May St. Market. Oh well. That MFK Fisher talk looks good.

Tonight at 5, Quebec’s Unibroue presents a tasting of all its beers at Warehouse Liquors, 634 S. Wabash. It’s free.

At 6 PM tonight Fox & Obel, 401 E. Illinois, hosts “Quicker than 30 Minute Meals” with Linda Champagne of Stonewall Kitchen. It’s $45. Call 312-410-7301.

Also at 6 there’s a free rose tasting at Provenance Food and Wine, 2528 N. California.

The Kilbourn Park organic plant sale begins at 4 PM Friday and continues Saturday morning at 10 at 3501 N. Kilbourn. Great heirloom tomato seedlings at this event. Call 773-685-3359.

Also at 4 PM Friday, Williams-Sonoma, 900 N. Michigan hosts David Joachim and Andrew Schloss, authors of Mastering the Grill. It’s free.

Jimmy Bannos of Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash, leads a cocktail party cooking class with recipes from his new book Big Easy Cocktails, Friday at 7. It’s $75. Call 312-224-8858.

Plenty of Mother’s Day deals on Sunday, among them a seasonal prix fixe menu for $55 at Vie, 4471 Lawn Avenue in Western Springs, that includes a free jar of house made aigre doux for each mom. Call 708-246-2082–and see our roundup of city farmers’ markets in the paper (not online yet) for some more recipes from Vie chef Paul Virant.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM Jonathan Goldsmith of Spacca Napoli leads a pizza demo at Fox & Obel with Chicago Magazine’s Deputy Dining Editor Jeff Ruby. $45 admission gets you a free copy of Ruby and Penny Pollack’s Everybody Loves Pizza.

Quince, 1625 Hinman in Evanston is hosting Italian winemaker Giovanni Puiatti for a five-course menu with pairings Tuesday at 7. It’s $65. Call 847-570-8400.

NoMi’s Cellar Notes tasting series continues continues Tuesday at 5:30 at 800 N. Michigan with sparkling wines and champagne.

Back at Provenance, there’s a “Chicago Farmer’s Market Class,” Tuesday at 6:30 that promises to teach students how to pick, store, and cook the season’s bounty. It’s $30.

And speaking of farmers markets, the crown jewel, the Green City Market, returns to Lincoln Park at 7 AM Wednesday. Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of Prairie Grass Cafe give the first cooking demo of the season at 10:30. 

Wednesday at 6 PM Fiddlehead Cafe, 4600 N. Lincoln, hosts “An Introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting.” It’s $30. Call 773-751-1500.

Celebrating two years hawking bon bons to the masses, Ethel’s Chocolate Lounges are giving away 10,000 free four-piece boxes of chocolate Thursday, May 17, at area stores.