Tonight at 7, the Trib’s intrepid Monica Eng gives a hands-on lesson in eating Ethiopian, Nigerian, and Vietnamese food at the writing and tutoring center 826CHI (1331 N. Milwaukee). It’s $25 and features a “mystery food table” where you can win prizes by guessing what you’re eating. Call 773-772-8108. 

Starting tomorrow and through March 29 David Burke’s Primehouse (616 N. Rush) is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering a $40 sampler of six different two oz. cuts, aged and otherwise. Call 312-660-6000.

Don’t forget Family Expo Friday and Saturday.

Saturday the Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents “Thomas Jefferson: Third President and First Foodie,” a talk by McCain Foods USA corporate chef Brooke Brantley about the influence of Jefferson’s time as ambassador to France on American cuisine. It starts at 10 AM at Kendall College (900 N. Branch). It’s $2; call 847-432-8255.

Monday night at 6, Cru Cafe & Wine Bar (25 E. Delaware) hosts a $25 South American wine tasting to benefit the Pajama Program, which provides needy kids with new jammies. Call 312-337-4007.

Tuesday night at 7 the Freedom Museum presents a lecture on French presidential politics over dinner at Bistro 110, (110 E. Pearson). Guest of honor is Northwestern poli-sci prof Dr. Michael Loriaux. It’s $60; call 312-222-4860.

Vineland: The Musical, a touring production based on the life of a turn of the century Chilean vintner hits town Tuesday and Wednesday. Performances are preceded by a wine and cheese tasting. Its Tuesday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights, and Wednesday at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green. On both nights the reception starts at 6:30, the performance at 7. First come first served tickets are free and can be reserved here.