Wine snobs are welcome and if you fancy yourself a foodie, this culinary showcase is made for you. Chicago Gourmet
, a celebration of food and wine, is one of the nation's most anticipated epicurean events. Now in its fifth season, the fine-dining affair transforms Chicago's Millennium Park
from gorgeous architectural green space to the grandest of festival eating grounds.
Sip and sample across Chicago's culinary landscape over three delicious days, September 28-30, 2012. More than 160 of the finest restaurants and chefs in Chicago are represented – as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the globe – at gourmet tasting pavilions that highlight the rich variety and creativity of the world-class food scene.
To kick-off the weekend festivities, Friday evening's Hamburger Hop puts the simple dish center stage in a competition to name the city's best burger. *Please note that tickets to the 2012 Hamburger Hop went fast! The event is now sold out.
Between all the feasting, meet-and-greet with celebrated chefs and noted personalities at book signings, see the experts in their element at live demonstrations, brush up on your own skills with industry tips at insightful seminars or even enjoy exclusive tastings in the company of Master Sommeliers. Rub elbows with the biggest and best names in the food world – on tap to attend the 2012 event are Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, alongside award-winning Chicago top chefs:
- Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill; Topolobampo; XOCO)
- Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia)
- Tony Hu (Lao Szechuan)
- Stephanie Izard (The Girl & The Goat)
- Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia; Terzo Piano; Bar Toma)
- Arun Sampanthavivat (Arun's)
- Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two)
- Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia)
Produced by the Illinois Restaurant Association, title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Chicago Gourmet 2012 features a stellar lineup of culinary rockstars. Dig into the details at ChicagoGourmet.org, where you can purchase your tickets and organize your plan of attack using their full schedule of events.
GRAND CRU AT CHICAGO GOURMET
Sniff, swirl and yes, even spit. Enjoy the finest vintages in the world at Grand Cru, a 2-hour tasting led by Master Sommeliers, an elite core of Chicago's top sommeliers, and representatives from many highly-regarded wineries. Soak in their wine wisdom, and the exclusive pours, at this special event within Chicago Gourmet, held both Saturday and Sunday with the purchase of a separate ticket from the Main Event.
View our Event Listing for more Chicago Gourmet details.