Eat Up Wine Down

OCT. 5, 5-10 p.m., downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. The first Thursday of every month, Downtown Dining Group Restaurants offer some of their most popular drinks and/or dishes for $6 a selection.

Bulldog 6th Anniversary Party

OCT. 6, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Bulldog Brewing Co., 1409 119th St., Whiting. 219.655.5284. Bulldog Brewing Co. celebrates their 6th anniversary with a performance by 1540 and food and drink specials.

Chicago Gourmet Celebrates Anniversary

The Windy City's premiere food festival Chicago Gourmet recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Chicago Gourmet was held recently in Millennium Park. Wine and food fans had the opportunity to enjoy the city's best food and drink at the festival. Tastings, seminars, celebrity chef demos and book signings were among activities.

This year for the first time additional events held during the week leading up to the large scale festival.

Chicago Gourmet is presented by Bon Appetit magazine, in conjunction with the Illinois Restaurant Association.

Included in the special events were an Italian Feast on the Chicago Riverwalk; a Farm2Table Dinner featuring chef Rick Bayless; and the Hamburger Hop at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

A Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet also was held at The Park at Wrigley featuring chefs Jimmy Bannos Jr., Paul Kahan, Jeff Mauro and Jason Vincent along with emcee Billy Dec.

Food demonstrations were done by various chefs on the main stage on  festival days. Featured chefs included Mindy Segal, Curtis Stone, Carla Hall, Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Matthia Merges, Takashi Yagihashi, Victor Chong, Abe Conlon and others.