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This Weekend in Food





Dip, baby, dip.

The Fry Guy Pop-Up
The food truck dudes take over Joystick Gamebar’s kitchen to serve their mouthwatering street eats, plus new temptations such as chili-cheese and Parmesan truffle fries, and traditional poutine.
Why: Work it off with an intense game of Ms. Pac-Man.
When: Thru Sat., 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 427 Edgewood Ave. SE, Old Fourth Ward 404-525-3002


Friday, 2/1, 6 p.m., Free
Flask for It

The new exhibit at Ravenswood’s Lillstreet Gallery is a booze-centric one, titled “Neat: The Art of the Whiskey Vessel.” Chicago distillery Koval will provide whiskey tastings at Friday’s opening, after which festivities continue with whiskey flights at nearby Fountainhead. Lillstreet Gallery, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave.; 773-769-4226 or lillstreetgallery.com

Friday, 2/1, 6:30 p.m., $8
Got Your Goat

Commemorate the five-year anniversary of Chicago’s monthly staple, The Interview Show, at The Hideout. This month, host Mark Bazer chats with chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat and the new West Loop diner Little Goat. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia St.; 773-227-4433 or theinterviewshowchicago.com

Saturday, 2/2, 3 p.m., $39
Fold Up

Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake with dumpling classes in Chinatown. You’ll learn how to make traditional Chinese jiao-zi before feasting on dishes like whole fish in chile sauce, pumpkin-seafood soup and quadruple happiness pork meatball. Hing Kee Phohung, 2140 S. Archer Ave.; 312-808-9538 

Sunday, 2/3, 4:30 p.m., Free
A Sweet Swap

Do you prefer food to football? Then join the Chicago Food Swap for its February meeting–on Super Bowl Sunday–to exchange homemade or homegrown treats. Participants will barter their baked goods and trade salsa for spice mix at Logan Square’s Katherine Anne Confections. Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-245-1630 or chicagofoodswap.com




Saturday, 2/2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free
Whole Lobster Love

Join chef Ray Garcia of Fig for a lesson on cooking California spiny lobsters at Culver City’s Surfas. The crustaceans’ sweet and succulent flavors, along with their rosy hue, make them ideal for Valentine’s Day. Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-559-4770 or surfaslosangeles.com

Saturday, 2/2, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., $95
Off to the Market

Cookbook author and food historian Nancy Zaslavsky is leading a weekend eating tour of Los Angeles’ wholesale Mexican food markets. Guests will sample a wide array of foods and learn about everything from pan dulce to mariscos to black-stone molcajetes. To register, call 310-440-8877 or contact  zaslavsky@roadrunner.com

Sunday, 2/3, 3 to 6 p.m., $30
Game Day Grub

Echo Park beer bar Mohawk Bend is offering one of the best Super Bowl deals in town with three hours of unlimited pizza and beer for only $30 (tickets available at the door). Owner Tony Yanow’s other two beer spots, Golden Road Brewing and Tony’s Darts Aways are also offering unlimited beer deals for the game, sans food. Those tickets are priced at $25 and $20, respectively. 2141 W Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; 213-483-2337 or mohawk.la



Starts Friday, 2/1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday
Hey, Batter Batter

Here’s the secret behind why February is the best month in NYC: Clinton St. Baking Company’s Pancake Month. The beloved Lower East Side bakery features a different creatively themed pancake Monday through Friday throughout February. See (and drool over) the lineup here. Mark your calendar for some of the most intriguing flavors, such as pistachio frangipane with cherries, and candied orange peel with bittersweet chocolate. Clinton St. Baking Company, 4 Clinton St. (at Houston St.); 646-602-6263 or clintonstreetbaking.com

Tuesday, 2/19, 7:30 p.m., $85
Heads Up!

Eat at City Grit’s supper club for the latest in an impressive series of guest-chef dinners. Andrew Wiseheart of Austin’s Contigo restaurant will cook a six-course meal featuring the flavors of Texas. Don’t miss a chance to experience some of the South’s best cuisine without leaving the city (click here to purchase). City Grit, 38 Prince St. (between Mulberry & Mott sts.); citygrit.com



Friday, 2/1, 5 to 8 p.m., Free
Beneath the Sheaths

Join 18 Reasons for the opening of Dux creator Eddie Lau’s photography exhibit, “Beneath the Sheaths.” The project features images of the culinary tools used by some of San Francisco’s best-known chefs (Melissa Perello’s knives, Bill Corbett’s whisks), as photographed by Meigan Canfield and Ellis Au. The show will continue through March 30. 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. (at Dolores St.); 415-568-2710 or 18reasons.org

Sunday, 2/2, 2 p.m., À la carte
Super Bowl Sliders

Yes, you could eat cut-rate chicken wings and drink Bud Light to honor our 49ers on Super Bowl Sunday. You can also set your culinary sights a bit higher. Jasper’s Corner Tap has the bases covered, with Kobe dogs, $2 sliders and Tecates. But it also stocks a killer draft list, and the bartenders are some of the city’s best. Make your reservations via telephone. Jasper’s Corner Tap, 401 Taylor St. (at O’Farrell St.); 415-775-7979 or jasperscornertap.com

Sunday, 2/10, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $85
Heads Up!

As part of San Francisco Beer Week, St. Vincent’s cicerone, Sayre Piotrkowski, has orchestrated a dinner with two of California’s cult breweries: the venerable Craftsman Brewing and newcomer Sante Adairius. The six-course meal features hard-to-find sour and barrel-aged ales. St. Vincent, 1270 Valencia St. (at 24th St.); 415-285-1200 or stvincentsf.com




Enjoy your inner carnivore with the last (2) days of meat week!