Paul Virant’s Vie in Western Springs has been doing whole hog butchering classes for a while, and they’ve been a huge hit with suburbanites, whom Virant seems to have turned into a pork-worshipping cult of his own. Now he’s celebrating the wonderful, magical animal by bringing in five whole hogs for Vie’s first-ever Hog Week, June 11 to June 16. “Pork will be featured in every dish from your appetizer through your dessert!” the announcement unabashedly declares, and for $45 a person (kids 12-17, $25, 11 and under pay their age) you get a family-style dinner in which pork will be smoked, cured, roasted and wood-grilled. For reservations call 708-246-2082.
Paul Virant of Vie.