‘Tis the season of gluttony—or at least more eating and drinking than usual—and an opportunity to give back. Happy Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa.
Walk around ten different tasting stations—including ones for house-made pasta and Nonna’s classic tiramisu—noshing as you go; two glasses of wine are included (but you can buy more… And you know you will).
Gingerbread House Decorating
(NoMI Kitchen at Park Hyatt Chicago)
Gingerbread, candy canes, everything is provided to you for constructing a cookie casa; just bring some imagination and you’ll have a wonderful time.
Select dates, December 2-20
And so we enter the twenty-seventh year of the World’s Largest, Longest-Running Chicago Bar Crawl. Be there, or be sober.
Let’s Give Back
(Greater Chicago Food Depository)
To those who are not fortunate enough to eat whenever they want, there’s the Greater Chicago Food Depository; volunteer to repackage fresh produce and bulk food for distribution to the local community.
Christmas Day Chinese Food
(3617 North Broadway, Get in the Kitchen)
Hands-on instruction in the making of three Chinese dishes: vegetable egg roll, spicy soy honey garlic shrimp bao, and hot and sour chicken. Then eat what you’ve made; cocktail included.
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, and he recently co-authored Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites. Contact: email@example.com