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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

There's a New Food Festival in Town

How many food festivals can one city sustain? Apparently when you're a food Mecca of a metropolis, the answer is "many." Between smaller neighborhood fests and enormous events like Taste of Chicago, Green City Market Chefs' BBQ, and Bon Appétit's Chicago Gourmet, Chicagoans and visitors have ample opportunities to experience and celebrate our thriving local food scene. But now there's another event to savor, as Food & Wine magazine prepares to host its first ever Chicago Food + Wine Festival in Lincoln Park. 

 

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival



Like its Bon Appétit counterpart taking place next month in Grant Park, the Chicago Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day fete packed with demos, tastings, seminars, dinners, book signings, and lots more, all within the lush confines of Lincoln Park. The talent pool is quite enormous, as not only are Chicago's top chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and spirits pros all in attendance, but chefs from across the country will be on hand as well. 

Tastings at the Grand Tasting Pavilion are paramount, as nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand for the showcase. If that's not enough wow factor, the festival also promises standout events like a multi-course al fresco dinner to kick off the weekend on Friday evening, a booze- and dessert-oriented "Last Call" on Saturday, a book tent stocked with cheffy cookbooks, and plenty more. 

 

Graham Elliot
Graham Elliot, one of many chefs in attendance



While chefs like Tim Love from Fort Worth, Jonathan Waxman from New York City, and Ludo Lefebvre from Los Angeles will all be at the festival to help champion Chicago's incomparable food scene, the local names are really quite impressive. The roster reads like a who's-who of local toques, from Stephanie Izard and Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame to Tony Mantuano, Paula Haney, Graham Elliot, both Jimmy Bannos Jr. and Sr., and Rick Bayless. 

 

For more information and to purchase tickets for Chicago Food + Wine Festival, visit here

- Matt Kirouac




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