Saturday (September 14)
4th Annual Chicago Bacon Takedown
Saturday, 2 p.m.
20 cooks. 15 pounds of bacon. 20 dishes to try. Get tickets in advance and head to Lincoln Hall for unlimited sampling. $15. 2424 N. Lincoln; event website
Chicago Halal Food Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The UIC Forum is hosting the first ever Chicago Halal Food Festival, which seeks to showcase Halal food from restaurants around Chicago. Expect a range of cuisines (not just Middle Eastern.) $5. 725 W. Roosevelt; event website
Sunday (September 15)
Mod Mex: The Meal
Sunday, 6 p.m.
Saturday's Mod Mex event may be sold out, but tickets are still available for a five-course dinner prepared by Rick Bayless, Alex Stupak, Carlos Gaytan, and Jorge Vallejo. Proceeds benefit the Frontera Scholarship fund at Kendall College. $175. 445 N. Clark; event website
Red Door's Oyster Slurp and Slush
Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m.
Celebrate the first month of oyster season with Old 18creations from Troy Graves, John Manion, Jared Van Camp, and Brian Jupiter. Drink offerings include PBRs, Aperol Spritzers & Malort Slushes. (That's right - Malort Slushies!) $40. 2118 N. Damen; 773-697-7221
Tuesday (September 17)
Michael Ruhlman at Balena and the Bristol
Tuesday, Balena from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and The Bristol at 6:30 p.m.
Balena will host an afternoon event of appetizers and Q & A to celebrate the release of Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing. That evening the Bristol will host a 5-course seated dinner with Ruhlman. $25 for Balena, $89 for Bristol. Balena tickets available here. Bristol reservations at 773-862-5555.