3/05/2013 10:53:00 AM

Food for Thought: Discovering the Culinary World With Fête Chicago

December's night market
Do you like food? Obviously, or why would you be here. Well, be on the lookout because Fête, the recently launched night market, announced the spring installment of their food and culture showcase. We thought they were not going to be able to beat the last lineup that included Rare Tea Cellar, Hot Chocolate and Old Town Social, but we love being proved wrong. In addition to the night market, they are hosting a weekend of food and design driven events around Chicago such as discussions with chefs and food media, and tours of The Plant and the creative think-tank for Longman & Eagle. Tickets are on sale now, and we recommend buying one of each. Check out the events below.

Night Market
In addition to goods from Jo Snow Syrup, Mama’s Nuts and Blis Gourmet, grab dinner from pop-up versions of Ruxbin or Trenchermen and desserts from Blackbird’s pastry chef Dana Cree. Tickets cost $5.

Adopting Cuisine
Two of the city’s most respected chefs are known for cuisines they adopted from other cultures. Chef John Maions serves a mix of Brazilian and Argentinian at La Sirena Clandestina, while chef Matthais Merges takes on Japanese at Yusho. A discussion with the chefs that includes samples costs $20.

Tales from the Table
Story collective, 2nd Story, hosts its latest installment with the theme of eating. Chef Ina Pinkney, Sky Full of Bacon’s Mike Gebert, Splash managing editor Molly Each and storyteller Jessica Young share memories from around the table. Tickets cost $20.

Discovering the Plant
The former meatpacking facility has taken on new life in the form of aquaponic farms, small food businesses, a fishery and soon-to-be brewery. Learn about the self-sustaining facility during a tour led by founder John Edel. Tickets cost $12 and include samples.

Bridgeport Rising
This south side neighborhood is going through a cultural revolution with artist and artisans flocking to the off-the-beaten-path area. Join Bridgeport residents Arthur Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery and Ed Marszewski of Maria’s Packaged Goods and Mash Tun Journal on a tour led by Chicagoist’s Chuck Sudo. Tickets cost $10.

Studio Tour
Want to meet the man responsible for The Aviary’s cocktail receptacle known as the porthole. Designer Martin Kastner welcomes guests for a rare tour of his studio with Columbia College design professor Kevin Henry. Tickets cost $10.

The Making of Middlewest
The new publication from Time Out Chicago’s food editor David Tamarkin and photographer Erica Garnett is scheduled to be released this spring. Learn about the making of the magazine that reads like recipe cards. Tickets cost $10.

The Sea Inside
Learn where the magic happens for the creative minds behind Longman & Eagle. Join the founders of Land & Sea Department on a tour of their Garfield Park studio and learn about their latest ventures including a soon-to-open chicken and fish restaurant. Tickets cost $10.

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