EXPO Chicago, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has announced a major collaboration with Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world. During the exposition’s sixth edition, September 13 – 17, 2017, Eataly will create a special menu for all EXPO Chicago guests at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand), both on the main exposition floor and in the Northern Trust VIP Collector’s Lounge.

“We are honored to partner with EXPO Chicago to offer a menu of artisanal dishes paired with a world-class art experience right here in Chicago,” said Eataly USA CEO Nicola Farinetti. “There are many similarities between food and art. Just as artists search for the highest quality tools and canvases, Eataly’s producers and artisans search for the highest quality ingredients. When you get to know your food or art, you start to understand the artists and how much labor and effort goes into making such a masterpiece.”

The menu created for EXPO CHICAGO will include an array of Italian specialties such as housemade fresh mozzarella, housemade focaccia, cured meats and artisanal cheeses from Italy and the U.S., housemade pastries and a select menu of made-to-order dishes. In addition, Eataly will host on-site activations including fresh mozzarella and pasta making as well as opening wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP on the show floor. In the main dining area, a stationary coffee area by Lavazza will serve Italian coffee and espresso and Eataly’s signature Gelato Cart will serve housemade gelato.

“We are extremely proud that Eataly, the world-renowned culinary marketplace, has joined with us to elevate the dining experience for our patrons,” said EXPO Chicago president and director Tony Karman. “We share Eataly’s manifesto of service, passion and commitment to quality, and their exceptional food will both complement and enhance the experience of our visitors as they view and purchase artwork from the world’s leading art galleries.”

At Eataly Chicago (founded by Oscar Farinetti), which totals over 60,000 square feet on two floors, it is possible to purchase high-quality food and drink at accessible prices. Consumers can experiment with new combinations of flavors at the various restaurants throughout the marketplace before learning more about Mediterranean culture with educational courses on food, wine, and nutrition. The Chicago location opened in December 2013. Eataly New York Flatiron and Downtown, Chicago, and Boston are a product of the collaboration between Oscar Farinetti and his American partners Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and Adam and Alex Saper.

Expo Chicago 2017, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, hosting more than 135 leading International exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Now in its sixth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17, 2017) offers diverse programming including the popular  /Dialogues series, where luminary artists, curators, designers and arts professionals offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse on the current issues that engage them.EXPO Chicago draws upon the city’s history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its active collector base.

For more information, about the EXPO Chicago 2017 programming or special events, visit  www.expochicago.com.

Foodies line up outside of Eataly's Chicago location in River North (photo courtesy of Eataly).

Expo Chicago to Team with Eataly to Provide Specialty Cuisine for 2017 Exposition