Come celebrate the best of food and wine in Chicago! Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine in Millennium Park. Guests enjoy gourmet food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, educational seminars, and more.
This year’s impressive talent roster includes more than 150 chefs and restaurants including not-to-be-missed celebrity headliners, all of whom will grace Chicago Gourmet’s culinary stages, sign their books, and share their food, passion, and expertise throughout the weekend of September 25-27.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the newly added BBQ pavilion in 2014, Chicago Gourmet is taking things to a whole new level. The Global BBQ, Beer and Bourbon Pavilion, presented by COUNTRY Financial, has become a full-on feast housed in the entire South Promenade tent ,complete with live music provided by everyone’s favorite rock station, 93XRT.
The Big Green Egg showcases chefs’ best renditions of all things grilled and smoked, while the vibrant cuisine of Mexico takes center stage at a newly added pavilion presented by the Mexico Tourism Board and The Italian Invasion spotlights both traditional and contemporary Italian fare.
Tiki culture is sweeping the nation, and Chicago is no exception. Embracing this festive trend, Chicago Gourmet has teamed up with the masterminds behind COCHON 555 U.S. Tour and Punch Kings to present the best of both notable events at the first, Chicago city-wide edition of Punch Kings, Pigs n’ Tiki. Held on Saturday, September 26 at the Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park, guests will see twelve of Chicago’s most respected barkeeps in action and taste their creations as they go head-to-head in competing for the best Tiki inspired punch bowl. And it gets better. In the most mouth-watering food pairing imaginable, ten heritage pig farmers will line the rooftop’s perimeter, each partnering with a notable chef to present a unique spin on the traditional pig roast.
Foodie families unite! For the first time in its eight-year history, Chicago Gourmet introduces a morning of wellness, family and food with the addition of Rise & Shine Gourmet. Held Sunday, September 27 at Maggie Daley Park, attendees will participate in a sunrise yoga class while taking in serene, breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s famed architecture. A family fun run/walk will also take place on the park’s famous skating ribbon, giving guests a chance to “earn” their eats! After breaking a sweat, families will celebrate the day with tastings from Chicago’s famed brunch locales.
Chicago Gourmet is a premier culinary experience aimed to promote Chicago’s impressive food and wine community. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association and the Anton Family Foundation to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers who are participating. It also aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. Chicago Gourmet is presented by title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine, in conjunction with the Illinois Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois.
Tickets to Chicago gourmet begin at $170 for a single-day ticket.