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
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.
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.
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.