Tonight, at the restaurant formerly known as the Berghoff, there’s a five-course Berghoff beer pairing with a menu that includes mussels, salad, pulled pork, sauerbraten, and chocolate raspberry mousse cake. It’s $49.99.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is having a $150 Artistry of Wine fundraiser Friday at 6:30 at the Peninsula, 108 E. Superior. The event features wine pairings to go with dishes from Avenues, NoMi, May St. Café, and more.
Northwest-suburban Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Festival starts Friday and runs through Saturday, featuring all manner of berry-related edibles, including a chocolate dipping station and strawberry donuts.
The Mid America Japanese Club is holding a Japan Festival Saturday and Sunday in Arlington Heights that includes a “Taste of Japan” component with sushi and chicken teriyaki. It’s at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert.
There’s an intriguing event happening Monday at Timo, 464 N. Halsted, called “Play Restaurant,” part of the city Office of Tourism’s Art of Play summer campaign. “People who attend the Play Restaurant event will be give a “job” upon arrival,” says the city’s Brooke Vane. “So, for instance, you might be a bartender. My job as a patron might be to try and trip you up by asking for a specific wine or unusual cocktail. If you come with someone, they might be assigned as a line cook and work along side Chef and Owner John Bubala. Half way though the night, you will trade and dine outside at Timo.” It’s $45. Call 312-226-4300. **This has been canceled.**
Also on Monday Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation fund-raiser for local food charities goes down at the River East Art Center at 5:30. It’s $150; among the more than 30 attractions are stations from mk, Blackbird, Le Lan, and an “interactive mojito bar.”
Wednesday, Pops For Champagne throws the 20th annual Made in the USA Sparkling Wine Festival at 6 PM, featuring more than 40 domestic bubblies (and snacks). It’s $70; call 312-266-7677.