WINDY CITY TIMES
||Hundreds feast at Chicago Gourmet
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
This article shared 4 times since Tue Sep 27, 2016
Millennium Park was filled with foodies on Sept. 24-25 for Chicago Gourmet, presented by bon appetit. The cuisine celebration started Sept. 23 with a Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater Rooftop, then continued later that evening at The Underground. Billy Dec, the owner of Rocket Ranch restaurants and The Underground, was on hand later in the weekend for cooking demonstrations on the Bon Appetit Main Stage.
The event featured massive tents full of food and wine. Many vendors were combined together, and some lines needed to be separated. The seafood line was incredibly long at Dirk's Fish was worth the wait.
Genuine Wagyu brought the beef and Tanta served ceviche for the crowds. The Big Green Egg is a grilling contraption for outdoor cooking and it had the gooiest S'mores ever in a small ice-cream cone.
The Cocktail Project mixed whiskey drinks, and the wine tastings were in every corner. Fuji supplied welcome water and Stoli made Moscow mules that were gluten-free.
The cooking demonstrations each day were informative and fun. Windy City Times asked Lorena Garcia and Art Smith their favorite Top Chef moments and Smith answered that the wedding episode where his cake fell was the best ever. The long hours of filming were tough and not as glamorous as it looks on Bravo, they mentioned.
One of my friends remarked, "This Gourmet event is more gay this year than last!" With chefs like Art Smith talking about same-sex weddings and there being amazing fashion, hopefully 2017 will be even more so.
For next year's tickets, visit ChicagoGourmet.org .
Photos and text by Jerry Nunn
This article shared 4 times since Tue Sep 27, 2016
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|ATTRACTIONS Pizza pop-up, WNDR, Wrightwood |
Rewired's pizza pop-up: Rewired Pizza Cafe & Bar, 1102 W. Thorndale Ave., is getting in on the Halloween fun by paying homage to classic restaurant chains and "dressing up" as owner Daniel Barat's favorite pizza chain: ...
|SAVOR Lure Fishbar|
Recently, I had a biscuit sandwich in the Gold Coast. The item was very good—but I'm not sure it was worth the $11 price tag. This was the same feeling my dining companion and I had after dining at Lure Fishbar, ...
|SAVOR Brunch at Cobblestone|
Recently, there have been a few restaurants I've visited multiple timesif for no other reason than to see if there is consistency in the quality (especially, if good) or some sort of improvement (if the food ...
|Kit Kat Lounge hosting Kamayan feast Oct. 24 |
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted St., in honor of Filipino American History Month, will host a special "diva-infused" Kamayan feast featuring Chef Jordan Andino on Sunday, Oct. 24. Andino is the creative ...
|SAVOR Adorn Bar & Restaurant, take two|
The last time I stopped by Adorn Bar & Restaurantin the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware St. (which was also the first time I went there)I encountered one of the most innovative brunch menus ever, ...
|Eli Tea Bar brings LGBTQ+ sober bar to Andersonville|
--From a press release - October 6, 2021 - Chicago, IL - Eli Tea Bar is set to open its second store located at 5507 N Clark St in Chicago, Illinois. The LGBT-owned and operated sober space plans to open later this fall and will feature ...
|Latin Restaurant Weeks taking place in Chicago Oct. 4-18|
National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place Sept. 15-Oct. 15, recognizing the many contributions of Hispanic Americans. As an effort to acknowledge the successful influences and cultures of Hispanic Americans, Latin Restaurant Weeks, LLC, will host its ...
|SAVOR Brunch at Wood|
"Morning Wood" has returned. This provocative name was given to the brunch service at Boystown/Northalsted restaurant Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St., and it drew lots of people before the COVID pandemic changed the world. However, like ...
When it comes to fusion, West Town spot Funkenhausen, 1709 W. Chicago Ave., might be one of the more unusual restaurants. The cuisine here is a mixture of German ...
|NGLCC, Grubhub team to help LGBTQA-owned restaurants|
The country's vulnerable LGBTQ+-owned restaurants and bars serving food will find help this fall, courtesy of a partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Grubhub. These small business owners have been among ...
|Andersonville Wine Walk returns Sunday, Oct. 3|
--From a press release - CHICAGO (September 17, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce(ACC) is pleased to welcome back its annual Andersonville Wine Walk on Sunday, October 3 from 3 pm — 6 pm. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of sipping, ...
|SAVOR Logan Square restaurant Lardon|
As you might guess from its name, Lardon (2200 N. California Ave..; https://www.lardonchicago.com/) takes meat very seriously. Named after a small piece of pork fat or fatty bacon, the Logan Square spot is a carnivore's paradise, ...
|SAVOR Sunny Bowls|
Looking for a comforting, healthful option for lunch? Then look no further than Sunny Bowls: Souper Food (theMart, #201.; https://sunnybowls.com/), which specializes in various soups? Part of the food court at theMART (which some also call ...
|SAVOR The Press Room|
At The Press Room (1134 W. Washington Blvd..; https://www.pressroomchicago.com/), a lot of patrons may encounter the unexpected. The West Loop restaurantwhich is only open Wednesday through Sunday eveningshas undergone quite ...
|Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to present Andersonville Homecoming|
--From a press release - CHICAGO (August 26, 2021) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce Andersonville Homecoming, a three-night, two-day outdoor festival featuring live entertainment, local artisans and merchants, food ...