The 7th annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet offers a spectacular schedule of programming designed to showcase Chicago’s exceptional culinary talent, deliver the latest epicurean trends and to satisfy the hungry minds (and stomachs) of attendees. As guests prepare for their visit to culinary heaven, they can customize their own gourmet adventure with a lineup of unforgettable events.
Taking place in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 27 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 from 12 to 5 p.m., Chicago Gourmet packs the park with the city’s world-class culinary community via two days of food from favorite and famous restaurants; wine and spirits tastings courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois; beer sampling; celebrity chef demos; educational seminars; book signings, culinary competitions and more. Attendees have the chance to rub elbows with hundreds of culinary and beverage experts, including Bon Appétit magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, more master sommeliers than ever before and renowned chefs like Carla Hall, Morimoto, Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Jeff Mauro, Takashi Yagihashi and Carlos Gaytan.
THE BON APPÉTIT MAIN STAGE LINEUP INCLUDES:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
12-12:30 p.m. Mexican Takeover
Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO), Carlos Gaytan (Mexique)
1-1:30 p.m. Simple Meal Ideas from the Late Summer Farm Harvest
Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat/Little Goat Diner), Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa)
2-2:30 p.m. The Whole Fish
Masaharu Morimoto (Japonais by Morimoto)
3– 3:30 p.m. Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World
Carla Hall (“The Chew”)
3:45- 4:15 p.m. Chicago’s Classic Italians
Jeff Mauro (“Sandwich King”), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due)
4:30-5 p.m. James Beard Award Winners
Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), Justin Aprahamian (Sanford Restaurant)
5:15-5:45 p.m. A Classic Chicago Roast
Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast), John Hogan (River Roast), Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven/The Purple Pig)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
12:30- 1 p.m. Pastry Pillars
Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), Della Gossett (Spago Beverly Hills)
1:30-2 p.m. Chicago’s Top Restaurateurs
Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality), Rohini Dey (Vermilion), RJ Melman (Lettuce Entertain You), Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm (BOKA Restaurant Group)
2:30-3 p.m. Trans Atlantic Experiments
Sergi Arola (Arola), Homaro Cantu (Moto)
3:30-4 p.m. A Trotter-Inspired Dish
Graham Elliot (graham elliot/g.e.b.)
4:30-5 p.m. Culinary Travel Inspiration
Bill Kim (bellyQ/urbanbelly/Belly Shack), Mindy Segal (Mindy’s Hot Chocolate)
WHAT’S NEW IN 2014
Eat Like You’ve Never Eaten Before. With 180 participating restaurants over both days – the most in Chicago Gourmet’s seven-year history – attendees will eat like they’ve never eaten before.
Primetime Pavilions. Explore nearly a dozen tasting pavilions, featuring new and timely themes such as:
BBQ Pavilion (in partnership with the Illinois BBQ Alliance): Including Chicago q, Bub City, Old Crow Smokehouse, Sweet Baby Ray’s, Smoque BBQ and others!
Green City Market Pavilion: Featuring Farmhouse Craft Tavern, 2 Sparrows, CICCHETTI, Spritzburger, Karyn’s on Green and more!
Centennial Pavilion (in celebration of the Illinois Restaurant Association’s 100th Anniversary): Featuring Mike Ditka’s Chicago, Gibsons Restaurant Group, The Signature Room at the 95th, The Berghoff, Italian Village and others!
Neighborhood Pavilion: Featuring Hash House A Go-Go, Nana, Autre Monde Café and Spirits, Marion Street Market, The Chop Shop and more!
Mariano’s Pavilion: Featuring Trenchermen, Three Dots and a Dash, Piccolo Sogno Due, The Bristol, Three Aces, The Radler and others!
Travel the world at the newly added Global Street Food Market, developed in collaboration with Chicago’s Sister Cities, located in the South Promenade. Featuring internationally-loved foods from China, Ireland, Africa, Columbia, and 11 of Chicago’s sister cities, highlights include offerings from Bolat, K-Kitchen, Shokolad Pastry & Café, Vermilion, Red Butter, Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods and several others. The Global Street Food vendors share the pavilion with breweries, a newly added entertainment stage and an artisan market presented by Artizone featuring Chicago vendors selling their wares.
Craft on Draft. Beer geeks can ‘hop’ their way through the festival, and enjoy a refreshing offering of craft brews. Stella Artois, Goose Island, Lagunitas Brewing Company and New Belgium will be on hand to present pairings, tastings and extensive beer knowledge to interested attendees.
Glittering Grand Cru. The ultimate food and wine experience, the Grand Cru, presented by COUNTRY Financial, offers attendees the opportunity to taste over 90 of the finest wines in the world, as chosen by the event’s impressive and largest line up of Master Sommeliers. During these select tastings, taking place each day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harris Theater Rooftop, these leading wine experts will pour, present and discuss their picks.
Beard-Worthy Bites. This year, guests holding a golden ticket to the Grand Cru, presented by COUNTRY Financial, will also indulge in food pairings from the James Beard Foundation’s elite. Heralding from restaurants championed both locally and throughout the United States, the remarkable culinary talent includes esteemed chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Visiting chefs have been paired with a Chicago-based counterpart who will present a side-by-side showcase.
Chicago Gourmet 2014 is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:
Bon Appétit magazine (title sponsor), Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois (presenting sponsor), Illinois Restaurant Association, JCDecaux, CS Modern Luxury, Choose Chicago, American Express, Buick, Target, COUNTRY Financial, GE Monogram, Beam Suntory, Wintrust Financial, Ruffino, Moet Hennessy USA, Nestle Waters North America, United States Postal Service, US Foods, Allen Brothers Steaks, Stella Artois, Celebrity Cruises, American Airlines, Chipotle, Absolut Elyx, Casamigos Tequila, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, The Patron Spirits Company, Proximo Spirits, Wild Horse Winery, Hyatt Regency, Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Langham, Libbey, Mariano’s, Goose Island, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co., Artizone, CSI, Labriola Baking Company
Chicago Gourmet media partners include:
Chicago Sun Times, Eater, Edible Chicago, NBC 5 Chicago, 93 XRT, Enjoy Illinois