5/20/2013 10:12:00 AM

Chicago Dining Deals and Events, May 20-26

Monday
Sharpen your knives for the “Ode to the Avocado” cooking demo at Mercadito at 6:30 PM. From smoked avocado to avocado dessert, you'll find there are more ways to prepare the summer staple than in guacamole. The demo includes five courses and five cocktails for $55 (312-329-9555).

Tuesday
Sip into summer with a spring wine dinner at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba at 6 PM. Courses include pork belly-wrapped shrimp, octopus with bone marrow and Peruvian potatoes, king salmon carpaccio with rhubarb, lamb chop with spring onion confit as well as bone-in short rib with harissa rub and chickpea salad. Tickets cost is $55 per person including wine pairings (773-935-5000).

Wednesday
In honor of National Escargot Day, chef Paul Kahan and chef de cuisine David Posey at Blackbird put together a five-course escargot tasting menu paired with Burgundy wines at 7 PM. The meal starts with a Cremant de Bourgogne sparkling wine reception and is followed by dinner. Each guest will leave with a gift of Potironne escargot as well as a recipe from Kahan and Posey ($125; 312-496-0012).

Thursday
We’ve got another Chicago Craft Beer Week dinner. This one is at Two with Brewery Vivant at 6:30 PM. The four-course meal includes dishes such as grilled octopus with local pea shoots, seafood risotto with asparagus and grilled skirt steak paired with tasty beers ($60; 312-624-8363).

Friday
Kick off summer without the calories. Cactus Bar & Grill’s “sun-sational,” beach-themed celebration will introduce three new, low-calorie cocktails. The party also features $5 Midwestern beer and $5 house margaritas and sangria (312-922-3830).

Saturday
The Randolph Street Market offers more than vintage fashion and antique furniture. This weekend it celebrates summer by returning outdoors and welcoming the Fancy Food Market. Purchase gourmet chocolates, cakes, breads, spices, olive oils and more to bring home or snack on while wondering the market. Tickets cost $10.

Sunday
Hopefully everyone survived the week and is willing and able to go to the Chicago Craft Beer Week closing party. Celebrate the total destruction of your liver at the first ever West Loop Craft Beer Fest (tickets cost $40 online). 

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