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Updated: February 17, 2013 6:03AM



Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan

Guest chef Joseph Lenn from Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm joins chefs Tony Mantuano and Sarah Grueneberg for a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17; $200. Sommelier Jason Carlen selects wine pairings. Call (312) 280-2750.

Bakersfield,
330 E. Ogden, Westmont

Selections for the Jan. 22 Tuesday Tasting are Champagne Rose: Duval Leroy, Brut Rose Champagne NV; Chardonnay: Rombauer, Carneros ’11; Gewurztraminer: Barmes Buecher, “Herrenweg,” Alsace; Malbec: Luca, Argentina; Merlot: L’Ecole No. 41, Columbia Valley, Washington ‘09, and Pinot Noir: Brewer-Clifton, Santa Rita Hills. Tickets are $10. Call (630) 568-3615; bakersfieldrestaurant.com .

Chef Amaury’s
Epicurean Affair,
33 W. New York St., Aurora

A five-course Cotes de Bordeaux wine dinner kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16; $80. Call (630) 375-0426.

III Forks, 180 N. Field

Wine director Lance Gresak, joined by local wine representatives, discusses the selections for sampling during Wine down Wednesday. Takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22; $15. Call (312) 938-4303.

Smallbar Division,
2049 W. Division

Crafted beers are hightlighted during the bar’s Cask Night & Brewers Brews, 7 p.m. Jan. 17; $20.. Purchase tickets at brownpaper
tickets.com/310933 .

Volo Restaurant Bar, 2008 W. Roscoe

Junk Food & Wine Pairing tasting at 3 p.m. Jan. 19; $30. Call (773) 348-4600.

Denise I. O’Neal



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