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James Beard events the public can enjoy

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Chef Paul Virant will host a Matsuri festival at his Gaijin restaurant during James Beard weekend along with dozens of other ancillary events. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

The James Beard chef awards aren't until June 10, but reservations for ancillary parties, panels, tours, tastings and brunches are filling up fast.

The rundown: We've compiled a list of some of the most interesting events and how to make reservations. For starters:

Thursday, June 6

Special menu paired with cocktails at Mordecai (Wrigleyville) June 6-10. Think stuffed clams with a martini and more. Partial proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Reservations here.

Friday, June 7

Book signing and cocktails at The Violet Hour (Wicker Park) 7:30pm-midnight. Meet and sip cocktails inspired by Danny Childs, author of Beard nominated "Slow Drinks." Reservations here.

Saturday, June 8

Summer kickoff party at Baobing at Duck Duck Goat 1-3pm (Fulton Market) Enjoy cocktails and ice cream sundaes at chef Stephanie Izard's Taiwanese-inspired walk-up window.

Sunday, June 9

Japanese Matsuri festival at Gaijin (Fulton Market) 4-6pm and 7-9:30pm featuring passed appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, Osaka-style okonomiyaki, mochi doughnuts, kakigōri, DJ, taiko drumming and special cocktails. Reservations here.

Here's a complete list

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