Green City Market Chef BBQ 2015 Recap

The Green City Market is every Chicagoan’s favorite farmer’s market, and once a summer Chicago’s chefs come together to raise money to fund the market’s educational initiatives and to support the mission of improving the availability of high quality foods. This year over 100 local chefs and 30 craft brewers participated in the Green City Market […]

Windy City Smokeout 2015 Recap

I can’t stop thinking about how much fun I had over the weekend! The third annual Windy City Smokeout took over the city, in the best way possible. I attended the festival in 2013, and had to miss it last year. Since its first year on the scene, the festival has moved to a new location […]

The James Beard Awards Recap

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the James Beard Awards. Often referred to as the Oscars of the food world, the awards recognize the best chefs, restaurants, restauranteurs, and culinary professionals in the industry. The 25th awards left New York City for the first time, and came to Chicago where they will remain […]

The Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival

Chicago is home to many food festivals, but the Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival might be the most specific. This one day festival, benefiting the James Beard Foundation, celebrates Spanish wine, cuisine, and culture. It’s a chance to taste Rioja wine along with Spanish style cuisine from top restaurants from across the country. At the […]

List of Chicago Food Festivals

  Grab your calendar, there are a lot of fantastic food festivals heading to Chicago this summer/early fall. It can all get a little overwhelming, so I have created a list of Chicago food festivals with all the information you need to understand what makes each of these events unique. Some are all about food, […]

A Toast to Charlie Trotter

November 5th marked one year since the sudden passing of culinary legend Charlie Trotter. To honor Chef Trotter and to raise money for the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, Charlie’s wife, Rochelle Trotter hosted A Toast to Charlie Trotter. The event featured food and wine pairings from chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers who each had a personal […]

Taste Talks All-Star BBQ

The Taste Talks came to Chicago this year, and I hope that they are here to stay. The 3 day food festival was presented by Mario Batali and was curated by Paul Kahan (of Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats and Nico Osteria). The weekend kicked off with a dinner on Friday night, […]

Chicago Gourmet: What I Ate and What I Did

See that plate? That stacking is advanced stuff. I am still thinking about how much fun I had at Chicago Gourmet this year. The two day event is a chance to try bites from dozens of Chicago’s top restaurants all in one day. What were my favorite parts of the event on Saturday? 1. The Grand Cru […]

Chicago Gourmet Recap

The most glorious food event in Chicago has come and gone, and I am still full. Chicago Gourmet is the best of the best. It is two full day of food and wine tastings, along with talks and cooking demonstrations by Chicago’s culinary royalty hosted by Bon Appetit. It is sensory overload, in the very best […]

Lollapalooza 2014 Recap

Last Friday and Sunday, Charles and I went to Lollapalooza. It was our fifth time attending the festival, so at this point we are old pros. We can tell you that Eminem is a great performer who despite his attitude filled lyrics, really seemed to love being on stage. Newcomers Chvrches put on a great […]

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