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  • Vanilla cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery
Vanilla cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
October 01, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye

EAT

Taste Test
Sono Wood Fired 1582 N. Clybourn Ave. 312-255-1122

Seven blindfolded local foodies—including Chicagoist's Anthony Todd of Chicagoist and Tasting Table's Heather Sperling—taste and then attempt to identify 20 ingredients in 30 minutes as spectators cheer them on over appetizers, wine and beer. A mini-audience challenge—identify five ingredients in a mystery appetizer—nets you a dining gift certificate. All proceeds benefit Share Our Strength, an organization working to end childhood hunger. 6:30 p.m. $20.

Cake, Cake, Cake
Magnolia Bakery 108 N. State St. 312-346-7777

The New York-based vintage-style shop celebrates the first birthday of its Chicago location with $1 classic cupcakes in chocolate or vanilla. Noon-2 p.m.

DRINK

Vroom
Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave. 312-850-2555

It's Motorcycle Monday at the West Town rock 'n' roll bar and the spotlight's on cafe racers. Arrive on yours and get a Five Star commemorative patch. Or view the arrivals and then vote for your favorite over a $2.50 Point beer can, $5 Hobgoblin bomber or Jim Beam cocktail and some $1 sliders—the winning bike's owner takes home a trophy. 7-10 p.m. No cover.

Flip It
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap 41 E. Superior St. 312-266-0400

Take part in a Monday Night Football traditional coin toss and your table could win discounts off your tab, a free appetizer or other prizes. Then, grab a $6.50 pint of Shiner Oktoberfest or Ommegang Hennepin in a reserve glass and watch the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys (7:30 p.m.) on 22 screens. 4-11 p.m. No cover.

DO

Suite Sounds
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-236-3681

Brooklyn jazz, hip-hop and rock group Project Trio—featuring beat-boxing flutist Greg Pattillo—joins Chicago Sinfonietta for its 25th anniversary season opener, "Performance. Art.," which includes original Project Trio compositions plus Stravinsky's "The Firebird Suite" and Avner Dorman's "Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!," featuring Chicago teen guest musicians Eric Goldberg and Shuya Gong. 7:30 p.m. $26-$50.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

More than 100 Chicago restaurants join forces all month for the In Good Taste: A Breast Cancer Research Initiative dining campaign: lynnsagefoundation.org.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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