Poutine Fest

There's no denying Chicagoans love gluttonous comfort food. From doughnuts and hefty burgers to platters of barbeque and pizza aplenty, it's hard to swing a busted belt without hitting a dietary temptress. And perhaps nothing personifies these carnal delights quite like poutine, that great Canadian contribution of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. To celebrate this decadent creation, Chicago is poised to feast at Poutine Fest 2014 on February 23.

For a bit of gravy-soaked pomp and circumstance, Poutine Fest brings together a bevy of Chicago restaurants offering their take on the Northern gut-buster. And no better time to dine on forkfuls of fries like the dead of winter. Taking place at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, participants vying for poutine supremacy include The Brixton, Sunday Dinner Club, Red Door, The Gage, Barrelhouse Flat, Le Bouchon, Troquet, Atlas Brewing Company, and of course, Haymarket.

The second annual event is courtesy of poutine pros Rebecca Skoch and Molly O'Sullivan. Open for a couple different sessions, the event runs from noon until 2:00 p.m. or from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for general admission. VIP tickets grant access to VIP hours between 11:00 a.m. and noon or 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tickets cost $70 for general admission and $85 for VIP. Even better, money raised for the event goes toward Growing Home. Because if you're going to be bingeing on fries, cheese, and gravy, it helps to feel altruistic about it.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.