Taste Talks will take place Oct. 3-5 in Chicago. Events include "Mother of Pearl" Oct. 3 ( 7-10 p.m. ) at Kinmont, 419 W. Superior St.; "Free-Styling with Ice Cream Desserts" Oct. 4 at Soho House, 113-25 N. Green St.; and "All-Star Chef BBQ" Oct. 5 ( 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. ) at Palmer Square. Among the talent slated to appear are mixologist Charles Joly, Spiaggia Executive Chef Chris Marchino and Hot Chocolate owner/pastry chef Mindy Segal. Visit http://taste-talks.com/.
Health-food restaurant Freshii is premiering its first-ever kids' menu. Some of the items are cheesy chicken quesadilla, the Kung Fu Bowl ( with chicken, broccoli, carrots, edamame, crispy wontons, teriyaki sauce and rice/rice noodles ) and a strawberry banana smoothie. Visit www.freshii.com .
Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse, 3443 N. Broadway, will host a Casamigos tequila dinner Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Revolucion is the first in the city to offer the Añejo Tequila, a product from Casamigos tequila brand. Dinner offerings include ahi tuna, chile en nogada, grilled petite filet and tamalito capirotada ( chocolate and caramelized milk bread pudding with natural brown sugar and raisins, topped with a scoop of Horchata sorbet ). Call 773-661-9893 or go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/casamigos-tequila-dinner-tickets-13011039369.
The Andersonville City Made Fest will take place Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21, noon-9 p.m. each day, at 5000-5100 N. Clark St. Music will involve a blend of indie rock, pop, roots, folk, hip-hop, jazz and blues; Ale Syndicate Brewers, Andersonville Brewing, Finch's Beer Co., Half Acre Beer Company and Off Color Brewing will be among those with brews on tap. There is a $5 suggested gate donation; visit www.Andersonville.org .
Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan Ave., and Argus Brewery are hosting a beer dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. The traditional French brasserie will offer four burgers that pair with a flight of four Argus Brewery beers. The meal is $20, not including tax or gratuity. Visit BrasseriebyLM.com .
McDonald's is offering customers free small coffee through Sept. 20 as the world's largest restaurant chain tries to perk up its U.S. sales, The Chicago Tribune reported. In the Chicago and northwest Indiana area, customers can get a free small coffee all day, not just during breakfast hours. This is the Oak Brook-based company's second free coffee event of the year.
Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., is holding its annual Mussels Fest through Thursday, Sept. 18, 5-10 p.m., with all-you-can-eat moules-frites, aka mussels and fries. Chef Dominique Tougne, owner and Alsace native, will be preparing Marinieres Mussels with white wine, shallots, parsley, butter and lemon; Belgium Mussels with beer, cream and bacon; and Mediterranean Mussels with tomatoes, saffron rice, onions and basil. The price is $25 per person; visit www.ChezMoiChicago.com .
Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26, 3-10 p.m., at 560 W. Grand St. More than 3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw's Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. Tickets are $25 each; visit www.oysterfestchicago.com .
Suburban restaurant Real Urban Barbecue is serving family favorites for carry-out during the Jewish High Holiday celebrations: Wed.-Friday, Sept. 24-26, for Rosh Hashanah; and Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4, for Yom Kippur. Offerings include meats, salads and fresh vegetables, sides and desserts. Visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com .
Gibsons, 1028 N. Rush St., and Hugo's Frog Bar, 1024 N. Rush St., will hold Rosh Hashanah dinner Sept. 24-25. Options will include a choice of chopped chicken livers or matzo ball soup; entree items such as spit-roasted half-chicken, braised beef brisket and broiled whitefish; and dessert items of coffee or tea along with flourless chocolate cake.
Little Bucharest Bistro, 3661 N. Elston Ave., will host its first celebration of "The Best of Bucharest" on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. There will be grape-stomping; pig and lamb roasts; and minstrels and dancers. A buffet will be available for $25 ( gratuity not included ). Call 773-604-8500.
Cece & Melinda, with Raymi Productions, have announced the first annual Mac & Cheese Fest to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., at 12-3 p.m. Tickets are available through TicketMaster for $50, and proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. For more information, visit www.macandcheesechicago.com or contact Melinda@raymiproductions.com .
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