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7 Food and drink events to entertain the family over the holidays

Gizzard chicken nuggets by Pork and Pickle. See what other tricks they have planned for brunch.

Gizzard chicken nuggets by Pork and Pickle. See what other tricks they have planned for brunch.

You may have just put away your flip flops for the year, but believe it or not, the holidays are coming! And that means: events, events, and more events. Here's a bunch of ways to entertain those pesky house guests, and every single one of these has something for them, and something for you. 

Have you ever had Ukrainian food? Do you want to? Well, you can. November 29 marks the International Holiday Festival at the Ukrainian American Community Center. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and a buck for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are free. In addition to eats: dance, music, shopping, and a cash bar. 

Pork & Pickle, that elusive little pop-up by Geoff Hausmann of Travail, is popping up yet again, this time at brunch. Actually, two brunches! Sunday, November 29 & Sunday December 6 at Lyn65. $40 for five courses plus a little take-home surprise. Cash bar. Two seatings each day at 10:30 and 12:30. 

Cornbread and Pizza. Local piano legend Cornbread Harris (father of Jimmy Jam Harris) offers added incentive to head to Grand Cafe every Sunday night for their Sicilian pizza party from 5p.m. to 9.m (Cornbread plays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.). 

Regardless of how you feel about Fogo de Chao, they're offering a pretty cool deal for Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the standard full churrasco menu, on Thanksgiving they'll be including roasted turkey breast carved by gaucho chefs, sage & apple dressing with Brazilian Sausage, cranberry relish, and sweet potato casserole. The items are being offered at no additional charge, so you can bring your curmudgeon father-in-law who absolutely must have his relish or nobody's happy. 

Did you know the new Holidazzle Village 2015 is going to take place Thursdays through Sundays in Loring Park with local stuff to buy, and local food and drink, plus, fireworks?!

Look at these ladies. You just know they can cook. Check out Ukrainian food at the upcoming Ukrainian Festival, November 29.

Look at these ladies. You just know they can cook. Check out Ukrainian food at the upcoming Ukrainian Festival, November 29.

And afterwards, or before, or during, you'll be looking for a place to warm your cockles. Nearby Third Bird and 4 Bells are two good options, but also know this: the very nearby Bar Lurcat will be opening a special outdoor bar experience, including specialty cockle-warming (what are cockles, anyway?) drinks like Keoke Coffee, with brandy, crème de cocoa, Tia Maria and whipped cream. Plus, outdoor fire pits and special edition kids’ menu from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following weekend dates: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. Visit their website for other deets. 

Have you had your probiotics today? Gyst Fermentation Bar is celebrating one year in business with a party on Friday, November 28. Food and drink specials, plus gifts to the first 25 folks to come through the door. The early bird gets the ferment. Check out their new line of retail products, which will also be available just in time for the party. 

Dinner theater can be weird and awesome and a unique way to thrill a kid. Our western suburbs have some of the oldest (and best) dinner theaters in the country, though the food can tend to be a little hit or miss. Old Log Theatre has just dumped a ton of money into their theater and culinary program, including on-premises gardens and chefs who at least kinda sorta seem to know what they're doing. Cast & Cru also operates as a separate restaurant, so see your show, and stay for dinner (or lunch) or not. It's your world. They're starting a run of Cinderella, just in time for the holidays November 17 to the 31. Get the schedule here.