Little City has been helping kids with autism and other developmental disabilities for more than 50 years. For four years, their Junior Board has been raising money with an annual Food Frenzy featuring prominent local chefs— and this year it's Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kendall College. Your $75 ticket gets you drinks and noshes from the likes of Fat Rice, Vera, La Sirena Clandestina, Goose Island, Revolution Brewing, The Florentine, The Savoy, Mana Food Bar, Milk and Honey, Sushi Dokku and Inspiration Kitchens, gives you the chance to mingle with other young professionals, and supports Little City's mission and programs. Go here for more information.
• The Peterson Garden Project is a volunteer organization that teaches city people to grow their own food. They'll have their second annual spring plant sale and bake sale fundraiser Friday through Sunday, May 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Peterson Garden Project’s Learning Center, 4642 N. Francisco in Chicago. Seedlings will be locally-grown, organic, heirloom herb and vegetable varietals hand-selected by Peterson Garden Project for growing in Chicago, and there is no cost for admission; all proceeds from the sale will benefit Peterson Garden Project learning programs.
• Slagel Family Farm has launched its family farm dinner and tour schedule for this year, beginning with chefs Nicole Pederson of Found and John Asbaty of Panozzo's on May 18. Tickets are $125 with children 15 and under free; it's near Fairbury, Illinois, about two hours southwest of Chicago. Get tickets for this event here; see the full summer schedule with chefs from The Publican, Perennial Virant and more here.