Taste of Vietnam
Banh Mi & Co. 214 W. Van Buren St. 312-765-8885
Drop in any time between 5-8 p.m. and taste your way through a Vietnamese street food menu including Vietnamese pho, papaya salad, seitan spring rolls and an array of the restaurant's signature banh mi sandwiches served with Vietnamese beer and regional Asian libations. Founder Lee Trinh discusses the dishes and the secrets behind Vietnamese cooking and dining. $15. RSVP recommended: email@example.com
Wild Boar Sloppy Joe Wednesday
State & Lake Chicago Tavern 201 N. State St. 312-239-9400
Stop into The Wit Hotel's streetside spot and let your taste buds run wild with $3 wild boar sloppy joe sandwiches which, for $2 more, you can wash down with a bottle of Miller High Life. 5-11 p.m.
Goose Island Event
Flaco's Tacos 3530 N. Clark St. 773-975-8226
Talk beer with Goose Island certified cicerone Rick Wildt and taste the beers you're talking about during a six-handle tap takeover featuring $5-$13 pours of Bourbon County Brand stout, Bourbon County Brand barleywine, Lolita, Matilda, Kisetsu and Green Line and a raffle for a Goose Island brewery tour. 5-8 p.m. No cover.
Cheers to Johnny Cash
Bub City 435 N. Clark St. 312-610-4200
Salute the 82nd birthday of country music's legendary man in black with a complimentary slice of Black Out birthday cake and live music by the Petty Cash Band, which pays tribute to both Johnny Cash and Tom Petty. Yes, black attire is encouraged. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Black Rock 3614 N. Damen Ave. 773-348-4044
What are the moments that shaped your life? Local writer-performers Michael Van Kerckhove, Valentine Soposky, Lily Be, Ruth McCormack and Erin Kahoa share their own humorous and poignant life-changing experiences and wake-up calls in this storytelling showcase which benefits Broken Road Theatre Co.'s inaugural production in May. 7:30 p.m. $10.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.