Get ready for upcoming tasty events in south suburbs

By Vickie Jurkowski, Special to the Tribune

Participants grab a bite during last year’s amateur barbecued rib cook-off in Frankfort. This year, sample barbecued ribs for $1 apiece when 14 folks cook on site at the fourth annual amateur rib cook-off from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Breidert Green, Oak and Kansas streets. (Handout, Village of Frankfort)

Sometimes a little taste of something is all you need.

Have a taste of this or that — or go ahead and fill up — with upcoming events, including the Wine & Chocolate Tasting in downtown Park Forest, an amateur rib cook-off in Frankfort and the Taste of Orland Park.

If your weekends are already full, sample on your own schedule with daily wine tastings and other ongoing events at area restaurants.

Doing so doesn’t have to break the bank either.

“I’ve never seen anything this cheap that offers so much,” Park Forest community relations coordinator Evelyn Sterling said of the Wine & Chocolate Tasting, which is priced at $15 in advance ($10 for individuals in parties of four or more) or $20 at the door. “Everything is included in the ticket price.”

Tickets include seven wine tastings from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and other sponsors plus unlimited chocolates, gourmet truffles, cheeses and a “mashtini bar” for dressing up mashed potatoes.

The indoor/outdoor event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Dining on the Green, a banquet facility located at 349 Main St., overlooking the Village Green in downtown Park Forest.

For other details, call 708-283-5621 or go to

Over in Frankfort, sample barbecue ribs for $1 apiece when 14 folks cook on site at the fourth annual amateur rib cook-off from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Breidert Green, Oak and Kansas streets.

“The wide variety of special recipes and sauces provides friendly competition among the contestants,” said Mary Canino, manager of community relations for the village of Frankfort. “Downtown Frankfort is a perfect setting and completes the package for a great blend of food, friends and family.”

Proceeds benefit the Frankfort Jaycees and Lions Club, who will have a concession stand with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, rib tips, soda and water.

For other details, go to

Also this weekend is the Taste of Orland Park featuring nearly 20 food vendors.

Located at the village complex off Ravinia Avenue and 147th Street, the 10th annual event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 708-403-7275 or go to

In addition to special events, area restaurants offer samplings year round.

Wine tastings are offered daily at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, 15690 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park. Two wine pours are complimentary. A $7 tasting includes eight wines. Reservations are not necessary.

Call 708-633-0200 or go to

If you want to be among the first to sample new seasonal beers, sign up for the Mug Club at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave., in Flossmoor. Call 708-957-2739 or go to

Mug Club also is available at Granite City Food & Brewery, 14035 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.

For a little bite to go with the beer, $5 small plates are available from 9 p.m. to closing daily.

Call 708-364-1212 or go to

To get in on private beer-tapping parties and dinners with chefs and brew masters, sign up for Rock Rewards at Rock Bottom Brewery, 16156 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.

Call 708-226-0021 or go to

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