Millennium Park, Chicago

Chicago Gourmet – 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

Chicago Gourmet is just about the best day of the year for anyone who loves great food, an array of wine, beer and spirits, the beautiful setting of Chicago’s Millennium Park, and, let’s be honest, fun.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

This year’s iteration, which is also the food and wine festival’s 10th Anniversary, was no exception, and lived up to all expectations. Beautiful weather, bountiful food and drink tasting opportunities, and friendly revelers enjoying the great weekend abounded.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

After planning this event for the 10 past years, Bon Appétit, who produces the event, has it down to a science. Plenty of seating, room to roam, friendly and helpful staff, all contribute to a successful event. Some lines for tastings can get long, but they move quickly with most all attendees being patient and courteous.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

Some of my favorite bites and sips from the event were:

  • Seafood Stuffed Pasta Shell from Dirk and Terry Fucik at Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop.

  • Tuna Taco from John Gatsos at Tavern on Rush.

  • Cold Cucumber and Seafood Salad from Alisha Elenz at mfk.

  • Papaya Salad from Jintana Charernsook of Jin Thai Cuisine.

  • Fried Chicken from Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp at Honey Butter Fried Chicken.

  • RumChata Cupcake from Brown Sugar Bakery.

  • Ube Cookie from Warm Belly Bakery.

  • Mini Butter Cakes with Vanilla Ice Cream from Mastro’s Steakhouse.

  • Salted Caramel Fudge Brownies from Mindy Gohr at Bittersweet Pastry Shop.

  • Sparkling Rosé from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington.

  • Champagne from G.H. Mumm Champagne, France.

  • RumChata shots.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

A number of live cooking demonstrations, seminars and book signings also took place throughout the weekend, along with morning and evening special events. The city was definitely abuzz with all of the activities.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

Did you attend Chicago Gourmet? What were your favorite bites and sips?

Millennium Park, Chicago

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet 2017

See you there next year!

Tastefully,

Christina