Foodies and wine enthusiasts gather in Chicago's Millennium Park for the 2016 Chicago Gourmet fine dining and wine festival (photo courtesy of Chicago Gourmet).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Back for a 10th delectable year, Chicago Gourmet will titillate taste buds in the Windy City’s Millennium Park this weekend in grand style.
Recently named Bon Appétit magazine’s Restaurant City of the Year, Chicago’s exceptional restaurant scene will shine bright at the annual epicurean affair this year.
Since its inception, Chicago Gourmet has celebrated the country’s best chefs and the city’s outstanding culinary community, and this year is no exception.
The event will feature an all-star lineup of celebrity chefs including Curtis Stone, Carla Hall, Sarah Grueneberg, Rick Bayless and many more – plus a record 15 Master Sommeliers, curated by presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
Throughout the weekend, famed chefs and Master Sommeliers will unite in Millennium Park for a weekend full of celebrity chef demos; educational seminars; wine, beer and spirit tastings; book signings; culinary delights and more.
The Main Event kicks off Saturday, September 23 with celebrity chefs Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO/Leña Brava/Cruz Blanca Cervecería) and Curtis Stone (Gwen/Maude) delving into seafood with a Fruits of the Sea demonstration.
Other events include: wine seminars featuring Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; the 2017 Grand Cru, presented by Celebrity Cruises, where guests will experience tastings of elite wines from around the globe; and taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, samplings showcase elevated cuisine from Chicago’s Ones to Watch, a group of innovative chefs who are furthering progress in Chicago’s cutting edge culinary scene.
Mains Stage highlights include celebrity chef Graham Elliot with Take Another Little Pizza My Heart, where Elliot will serenade guests with oozy cheese and deep dish pizza delights, and Bon Appétit Magazine will spotlight their Top 50 Restaurants list’s Chicago entries; Takashi Yagihashi will also beguile guests with the finest Japanese cuisine. Other highlights include presentations by star chefs Sarah Grueneberg and Stephanie Izard.
And to herald 10 years of decadence the festival will showcase 10 delicious ancillary events all over the city in addition to the Main Event and Grand Cru.
Tickets and a full line-up of programming are available online at ChicagoGourmet.org.