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The 312 Dining Diva suggests kick your weekend into gear with Oktoberfest beer, pizza and saucy ribs.
Continue celebrating Oktoberfest with the Prost! on Paulina pub crawl. It kicks off at 6pm at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar with $3 drafts of Sam Adams Octoberfest, free slices of Frasca's Sam Adams Octoberfest beer-crusted pizza (one per customer) and a German Brat Pizza (woot?!) for $10. The crawl continues on to Shire Public House, Fizz and The Pony.
Socca hosts the second-annual Rib-A-Que Smokeout at Moonshine, with more than 16 local restaurants competing to see who's on top when it comes to the finger-licking grub. Judges include Stephanie Izard (Top Chef, The Drunken Goat) and 312DD. Also, specials on cocktails and beers. Noon-6pm. $25 in advance; $35 at door.
Vital Bridges, which provides meals for more than 500,000 people living with AIDS/HIV in the Chicago area, hosts the season's first Culinary Series event. The brunch at Anteprima includes passed hors d'oeuvres, buffet, Mimosas and Grey Goose Bloody Marys. Get the $75 tickets in advance here. Noon-2pm.
Audarshia Townsend is the creator of the local food blog 312DiningDiva.com. She also provides content for Dining Chicago, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Playboy.com and Concierge Preferred.