The Weekend Guide

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Brown Bag Lunch Truck
Line up for gourmet barbecue (beef brisket, pulled pork, peanut butter chicken) on your lunch break.
Why: Stealth cooking secrets like brining brisket in pineapple juice, Mexican Coca-Cola, and Chinese black vinegar.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (while supplies last). Pickups at Provenance Food and Wine every Mon. (Logan Square location) and Fri. (Lincoln Square location), 5-7 p.m.
Where: Truck parks downtown and in surrounding areas. Check the website for the weekly schedule or follow @brownbagtruck on Twitter. Pickups, Provenance Logan Square, 2528 N. California Ave., b/t Logan Blvd. & Altgeld St.; Provenance Lincoln Square, 2312 W. Leland Ave., at Western Ave. For more info and to order for pickup, call 312-857-4221 or email info@brownbaglunchtruck.com.

Hazzard Free Farms Harvest Supper
The Scrumptious Pantry stirs up a Tuscan-inspired menu (farro pasta salad with mixed vegetables, grilled chicken, and more) to enjoy on the lawn of the sixth-generation farm’s old barn.
Why: A predinner farm tour and yoga session ups the wholesome factor.
When: Sun., 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 5111 Ahrens Rd., b/t Telegraph & Saunders Rds., Pecatonica. Suggested donation is $65 and can be made online at myverdure.eventbrite.com.

Bridgeport Pasty Truck
Grab meat- and veggie-filled hand pies from the little electric vehicle.
Why: Down the pockets of goodness on blustery days.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Truck parks in the Loop and surrounding areas. Follow @bridgeportpasty on Twitter or go to bridgeportpasty.com for location updates.

Matt Eversman’s Pop-Up Dinner
Before Saigon Sisters’s former executive chef opens his own Southwest Asian/contemporary American resto this fall, he hints at things to come with a one-night, five-course feast ($100 with wine and spirits pairings).
Why: Tuna with grilled watermelon and ginger, duck pho, spiced flank steak with coconut rice and herb salad.
When: Sun., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bistro Voltaire, 226 W. Chicago Ave., at Franklin St. Reservations (required) online at eventbrite.com.

One Sixtyblue’s Vegetarian Farm Dinner
Travel with chef Michael McDonald to the green acres of Nichols Farm & Orchard in Marengo for a five-course feast ($95, includes round-trip bus fare; $65 without) made with seasonal veggies.
Why: The rainbow of flavors in the red, golden, and candy cane beet salad.
When: Sept. 25, 2-5 p.m.
Where: 2602 Hawthorn Rd., b/t Carmack & River Rds., Marengo. R.S.V.P. (required) to 312-850-0303. Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Brown Bag Lunch Truck

Bistro Voltaire
226 W Chicago Ave
@ Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60610
Hazzard Free Farms
5111 Ahrens Rd
bt Telegraph & Saunders Rds
Pecatonica, IL 61063
Nichols Farm & Orchard
2602 Hawthorn Rd
bt Carmack & River Rds
Marengo, IL 60152
2528 N California Ave
bt Logan Blvd & Altgeld St
Chicago, IL 60647
Provenance Food and Wine
2312 W Leland Ave
@ Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625