T.S. Eliot was off by a couple months. February is the cruelest month: wet, gray, cold and generally not much fun. Here are five entertaining options, and just remember: April is not that far away.
(Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier)
150 selections of apple spirits, cider cocktails, mead and “a few surprises” are promised at the region’s largest hard cider tasting event.
An American Culinary Journey: From Southern Roots to Fusion Flavors
(Barrington’s White House)
A celebration of Black History Month and achievements in food, music, science and literature, with dinner by Chef Christian “Lucke” Bell from Atlanta’s Oreatha’s at The Pointe.
Wine and Cheese: Uncensored
(The Wine Goddess)
Fermented grape juice and fermented milk have long had a thing for each other, and this event promises “basic-to-barely legal wine and cheese pairings.”
Dumplings for My Dumpling
(Get in the Kitchen)
The Party School of Cooking Classes presents a Valentine’s Day event, and when you attend with your “dumpling,” you’ll learn to prepare three “amazing dumplings.”
Arlington Heights Twelfth Annual Chili Cook-Off
(Arlington Ale House)
If February had a signature dish, it’d be chili: hearty and, most importantly, warming. For this event, more than a dozen local restaurants and groups prepare their best versions, with beans and (for you Texans) without beans.
Dining and Drinking Editor for Newcity, David also writes a weekly food column for Wednesday Journal in Oak Park and is a frequent contributor of food/drink and travel pieces to the Chicago Tribune, Plate Magazine and other publications. David has also contributed chapters to several books, including Street Food Around the World, Street Food, and The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org