Brace the Cold with Chocolate, Food & Beer Events

The weather is getting chilly as the winter months roll in—but don’t worry! Katherine Anne Confections, SmallBar Division, Oskar Blues & The Scrumptious Pantry have great chocolate, beer & food events planned (what better way to warm up?) to get you through the cold months ahead.

From a night of delicious chocolatey stout beers to a class on what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving, these events are sure to warm you up & prepare you for the holiday season that approaches!

See below for more details.

At Hallow’s Eve Tapping at SmallBar Division

Wednesday, October 31

6:00 p.m.

SmallBar Division is celebrating All Hallow’s Eve the only way they know how—with a tap event! Some of the season’s best pumpkin beers will be available on draft—including one named after a vampire!

Featured drafts:
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambic
Southern Tier Pumking
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Great Lakes Nosferatu

SmallBar Division
2049 West Division

Chicago, IL

The Scrumptious Pantry Heirloom 2.0 Class

Thursday, November 1

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

The Scrumptious Pantry, the heirloom-focused gourmet food company, continues the “Heirloom 2.0” event series, designed to teach traditional food values and skills to urban dwellers and beyond.

Heirloom 2.0—50s Favorite Party Dishes Revisited –the best meals are those that warm us from the inside. Chef Kasey Passen will be teaching students how to re-create those obscenely unhealthy classic party dishes from the ’40s and ’50s in a healthy and delicious way! Cost is $35 and includes food, drinks & recipes. To sign up for this class, click here.

Chef Collaboration at Katherine Anne Confections

November 8th-the month of November

The recently-opened Katherine Anne Confections confiserie is excited to continue its monthly chef collaborations! Katherine is debuting a new, limited-edition collaboration truffle every month with proceeds benefitting a charity of the chef’s choice.

For the month of November, Katherine Duncan, founder and confectionista, has partnered with Gary Wiviott of Barn & Co to create the Smoked Pumpkin Lime Truffle. The truffle has been created using bittersweet chocolate, Gary’s smoked local pumpkin, lime juice & zest, notes of bourbon, brown sugar, smoked sugar, ginger and pumpkin pie spices bathed in delicious, rich Katherine Anne Confections’ ganache.

Proceeds will benefit the Illinois BBQ Alliance. This truffle will be available beginning November 8th through the month of November or while supplies last!

Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W. Armitage

Chicago, IL 60647


Truffle Making Party at at Katherine Anne Confections

Thursday, November 8th

6:30 p.m.

Escape the coldness of fall for an evening of chocolate! Katherine Duncan, founder and confectionista of Katherine Anne Confections, a locally-focused chocolatier, will be hosting a November Truffle Making Party—perfect timing for delicious, fall-flavored treats! Katherine opens her kitchen and recipe book to the public as she demystifies the art of making truffles.

The party starts off with appetizers, wine and socializing. Teams of 3-5 people will create classic hand-rolled truffles with Katherine’s guidance—in addition, she will share tips and tricks for designing the perfect truffle. Those who attend will create, design, melt, chill, scoop and roll truffles to completion. Each attendee will leave with a sampling of the four truffles created that day.

$50, includes wine, light appetizers and truffles! Reservations are required and space is limited, so sign up today!

Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W. Armitage

Chicago, IL 60647

Cocktail Dinner at SmallBar Division with Journeyman Distillery

Wednesday, November 14

7:00 p.m. 

SmallBar Division is excited to team up with Journeyman Distillery, an organic distillery supporting locally made products, for an amazing cocktail dinner! A reception with amuse bouche will kick off the party followed by a four-course meal designed and specially tailored to each cocktail by Chef Justin White. Each course will be paired with a different Journeyman spirit crafted by SmallBar Division’s resident mixologist, Craig Hiljus. This event brings talented people and delicious ingredients together to create the best meal experience possible. Click here for the menu.

$50 food + $25 beverage pairings + tax & gratuity. Purchase tickets at

SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division

Chicago, IL

Barley’s Angels Meeting with Katherine Anne Confections & Oskar Blues

Wednesday, November 14

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The Chicago chapter of Barley’s Angels will hold its second meeting at Katherine Anne Confections, a locally-focused chocolatier. Attendees will enjoy five 4oz pours paired with chocolate truffles, pastries from Beurrage and an informal discussion led by Local Option bartender and Barley’s Angels Chicago chapter leader, Lorna Juett. Beers will primarily be provided by Oskar Blues brewery, including Ten FIDY, which recently debuted in the Chicago market. This titanic, immensely viscous stout is 10.5% ABV, loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee that hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt—a perfect match for one of Katherine’s decedent treats.

Admission is $30. Buy tickets here.

Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W. Armitage

Chicago, IL 60647

And last but certainly not least…..

November Oskar Blues Events

Oskar Blues, the first craft brewery in the country to put craft beer in a can, is kicking off November in Chicago with an onslaught of events!

Tuesday, November 6

6:30 p.m.
Beer Dinner featuring Oskar Blues beers at Gammon Coach House, Batavia

Thursday, November 8

12:00 p.m.
Oskar Blues 10 Year CANniversary beer dinner and tap take-over at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. All Oskar Blues beers will be available during the tap takeover in the afternoon followed by a 5-course beer & quality cuisine dinner.

Friday, November 9 & Saturday, November 10
Beer Hoptacular at the Riverfront Theater

Join Oskar Blues and other delicious craft breweries for a weekend of sampling.