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Another busy week with the National Restaurant Association show and American Craft Beer Week, but unless you’ve been in a food coma all month, you know the big gig is Slow Food International founder Carlo Petrini’s lecture at Northwestern Law School. You can read my Critic’s Choice writeup in the paper (not online yet) here and buy your tickets here.

In the meantime, tonight Gourmet Magazine’s Gourmet Wine Cellar hoedown at the River East Arts Center, 335 E. Illinois, happens at 6. There’ll be tastings, seminars, and cooking demos by the likes of Sara Moulton, Achatz, and Bayless, and noshes from some 16 local restos. $100 benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Friday, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs presents a dinner at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson, featuring the work of local gals Deann Bayless, Ina Pinkney, Michele Garcia, and others. It’s $150 .

Saturday Bobtail Ice Cream Company outlets at 2951 N. Broadway, 3425 N. Southport, and 338 W. Armitage is giving away free scoops between noon and 3 PM.

Also on Saturday The Drinking & Writing Brewery, which “works to keep the tradition of the hard-drinking writer alive,” presents the Beerfly Alleyfight at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand. Ten home brewers will pair a special beer of their own making to a special dish which will then be interpreted by a dancer, actor, musician, photographer, or some other artist. It’s $10 and starts at 1 PM

Sunday Clotilde Dusoulier creator of Chocolate and Zucchini, is signing her Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen at the Book Cellar at 1:30 PM. 

On Wednesday at 7 PM Alpana Singh and Adam Seger conduct a tasting of 20 Italian wines for $20 at Osteria via Stato, 620 N. State. Call 312-642-8450 for reservations. 

Also on Wednesday at 7,  Lucy Saunders, author of Grilling With Beer: Bastes, BBQ Sauces, Mops, Marinades & More, Made with Craft Beer, will be signing the book at the Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln. She promises beer from Unibroue.