Okay, we're far enough out from Thanksgiving that it's time to think about real eating again. The Southern has a Florida-style stone crab dinner tonight $49 per person gets you a four course meal including she-crab soup, apple salad, a half dozen large stone crab flaws, and key lime pie, plus pairings; go here for reservations.
• Baconfest's annual series of pre-event dinners kicks off tonight at Hearty; there's a six-course menu, in which bacon plays a prominent role, for $65, two seatings at 6:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Check the whole menu out here.
• Browntrout will have Two Brothers brewer Jim Ebel in house Thursday for a four-course dinner plus canapes paired with his beers. Reception is at 6:00, dinner at 7:00 p.m., and it's $60 for food and beer; call 773-472-4111 for reservations.