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After another taste of summery weather, we're settling back into fall and that means cuddly sweaters, warm cider and apples.
You can celebrate fall and its bounty at the 18th annual Long Grove Apple Fest Friday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 3.
Savor just-plucked apples au natural or enjoy the ripe flavors in an array of such goodies as caramel apple lattes, apple ice cream and the Apple Haus' famous Brown Bag Apple Pie.
While the fruit is the main attraction, that's not all on tap. Partake in an ice cream eating contest, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music and browse the shops between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Family activities include small carnival rides, pony rides and Radio Disney.
Admission and parking in the Long Grove municipal lots are free. Find more at (847) 634-0888 or LongGroveOnline.com.
For a more low-key apple celebration, head to Durant House Museum in St. Charles.
From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, visitors have a rare opportunity to try heirloom apples including Black Gilliflower and Esous Spitzenburg at the 1800s farm house.
Hands-on games, toys and activities for kids also will be offered. Admission costs $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 3-12. This restored prairie homestead is located in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve on Dean Street, one mile west of Randall Road. Find details at (630) 377-6424 or visit ppfv.org.
Ask an expert: Whether you're considering a vegan diet, are looking for healthful afternoon snacks or have other nutrition-related questions, Schweppe can help.
Schweppe Inc., a retail and commercial kitchen supply and equipment company in Lombard, is offering free, in-store consultations with a nutrition expert.
Nutritionist Sudha Mehta and dietitian Deepa Deshmukh will be at the store from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays for one-on-one consultations. No appointment is necessary, but clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schweppe, Inc. is at 376 W. North Ave., a half mile east of I-355 in Lombard. Read more at SchweppeInc.com.
Back to basics: If you want to hone your cooking skills or learn some new techniques before the holiday cooking season gets into high gear, head to Viking Cooking School in Glenview.
The school, 1140 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering a six-week, hands-on course in classic culinary techniques for home cooks. From 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Oct. 6, students will learn fish, meat and poultry cookery, knife skills, braising, boiling, searing, steaming and more. Each week will include a full menu to enjoy, recipes and wine. The class costs $599 a person; advance registration required.
Viking Cooking School also offers a range of one-day classes. Learn how to make Japanese steakhouse favorites from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 ($99); or tackle French culinary basics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 ($149). Find more at vikingcookingschool.com.
Happy anniversary: Grab a glass of Champagne and toast chef Michael Lachowicz on the fifth anniversary of Restaurant Michael, his superb French eatery in Winnetka.
To mark the occasion, Lachowicz, who formerly ran Le Francais in Wheeling and Les Deux Gros in Glen Ellyn, has invited a few chef friends over to create a six-course anniversary dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Joining him will be Roland Liccioni, former Le Francais chef/owner, Patrick Chabert, longtime sous chef to Jean Banchet and Liccioni at Le Francais and now private chef and caterer; Paul Wildermuth, executive chef at Briarwood Country Club, and John Bubula, a Kendall College instructor formerly of Thyme and Timo.
The feast, which will feature such delicacies as truffle and foie gras ravioli and roasted striped bass over boulangere potatoes and Pinot Noir jus, costs $175 plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required. Restaurant Michael will donate 5 percent of the evening's proceeds to PAWS Chicago, the city's largest no kill and humane pet adoption organization.
Restaurant Michael is at 64 Green Bay Road. (847) 441-3100.
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