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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | September 7, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Chow Down in Chi-town at Chicago Gourmet

    Chow Down in Chi-town at Chicago Gourmet

    PHOTO: Chef Rick Bayless is the host chef for three delicious days. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Gourmet)

    Feasting and foodie culture are highlights all year round in Chicago, but the ultimate culinary celebration comes with the annual Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet on Sept. 23-25 in Millennium Park.  Far removed from the many stuff -your-face fests that the city hosts, Chicago Gourmet explores the innovations of local celebrity chefs with live demos, wine and cocktail seminars and tastings.

    This year’s theme is “Food is Art” and will showcase the culinary arts and how it connects with other art forms. Rick Bayless is the host chef for three days of food, wine and interactive displays. Many of the main event tickets are already sold out but some tickets are still available here.  Prepare your palate and check out these Chicago Gourmet highlights:

    Hamburger Hop: Friday, Sept.  23 at Harris Theater Rooftop

    As a steak and potatoes Midwestern town, it's not hard to figure out why this is such a popular event. This burger showdown pits 15 chefs against each other to win the Best Burger award. Guests taste the entries along with beer and wine and crown the People’s Choice award while a panel of celebrity judges determines the overall winner.

    The Tao of Tacos, Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harris Theater Rooftop

    Chicago also boasts a strong history of authentic Mexican cuisine, with the Pilsen and Little Village communities supplying a steady dose of high quality options. This event focuses on 12 notable chefs from a range of culinary backgrounds who will produce a worldly array of taco interpretations. Rick Bayless hosts and guests will sample the creations along with Tequila Cazadores cocktails and Lagunitas beer.

    Grand Cru, Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, Harris Theater Rooftop

    If three days of top chef creativity doesn’t dazzle you enough, this wine and food showcase certainly will.  Culinary Complete Works is a gastronomic component of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakespeare 400, a year-long celebration of The Bard’s works, Chefs will translate Hamlet, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet into culinary masterpieces paired with fine wines. The event will also present artistic displays of some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes. The participating chefs represent some of Chicago’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Avec, North Pond and La Sirena Clandestina. 

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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