Weekend Beat: Piece, Love and Pizza

Celebrate Woodstock by satisfying your munchies

By Audarshia Townsend
|  Saturday, Aug 15, 2009  |  Updated 6:50 AM CDT
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Woodstock is still a giant.

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All is groovy, man, with this roundup of psychedelic weekend events from the 312 Dining Diva.

TOP PICK FOR THE WEEKEND
Piece Celebrates Woodstock Anniversary
Saturday, 11 a.m. till the man shuts it down. Piece, 1923 W North Ave., (773) 772-4422 FREE

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair -- better known as Woodstock. There'll be celebrations nationwide, including at Bucktown's grooviest pizza parlor, Piece. Get in on the action with a free, daylong event that includes drink specials, live band karaoke and 1960s music (think Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, The Who, Jefferson Airplane). If you really want to get down, dress up in your hottest hippie threads. Now, can you dig it?! 

SATURDAY

While some local chefs get all the glory, others are undiscovered gems. One such unsung culinary star is Toni Roberts, the pastry chef at C-House. She's a genius at making every sweet treat under the sun, but we go absolutely mad over her handmade peanut brittle, berry roll-ups and salted fudge brownies. Catch her 10:30 am demo at Green City Market. Free.

SUNDAY

This underground brunch's been going on for a few months now, but Empty Bottle fans have always been in the loop. At the Mixtape Sunday Brunch, diners can order items from the adjacent Bite Cafe and chow down as they listen to others' iPod playlists and mix CDs. The menu's a la carte and dirt cheap, with $5 bloody Marys and Mimosas. BYO iPod. Noon-3pm.

MONDAY

And yet another restaurant throws a Burger Fest. This time it's Park Grill showcasing a special menu of burgers, including a Peppercorn-Crusted American Kobe Burger, Wild Alaskan Salmon Burger and Grilled Turkey Burger with Guava BBQ Sauce. The week-long event happens today through Sunday, Aug. 23; prices range $12-$16.

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