Two Day Wine Festival
The Windy City Wine Festival kicks off tomorrow at Buckingham Fountain at 4! The festival runs till 10 on Friday and from 3-9 on Saturday. There will be tastings, food and wine seminars, cooking demos, entertainment and more.
Tickets are $28 in advance and $35 at the door – note: advance purchase rate is good till 10 p.m. Thursday night only. Phone orders at: 877-772-5425 from 8:00am to 9:00pm CST. Souvenir wine glasses and opportunities to buy wines at a discount are included. A portion of the proceeds also go to the Grant Park Conservancy.
Chicago’s New Foodie Street
Zagat came out with a new list this week – The 7 Most Exciting Food Streets in the U.S. – and Randolph Street is their pick for Chicago’s latest and greatest.
From Michael Jordan’s modern Asian bellyQ barbeque to the highly acclaimed Girl & The Goat, Zagat highlights these and five other like street stops, (Au Cheval, City Winery, g.e.b., Maude’s Liquor Bar, and Haymarket Pub & Brewery) as one of the best dining destinations within a one mile strip.
Boylston in Boston, 14th Street NW in D.C., Rose Ave. in Venice, Wythe Ave. in Brooklyn, East Passyunk Ave. in Philly and Valencia St. in San Francisco, also claimed bragging rights.
Bon Appétit’s Chicago Gourmet Returns
The annual celebration of food and wine will be held over the last weekend of September in Millennium Park. This is the event where more than 100 of the City’s finest restaurants and chefs culminate, demonstrate and titillate all who attend with lectures, tastings and more. Check these links for this year’s chefs and exhibitors.
All monies raised from the silent auction and raffles at this year’s Gourmet will be donated to the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to provide scholarships for aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals. Silent auction items include exquisite wines, sports memorabilia and exciting travel and entertainment packages. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.
Friday night’s famous Hamburger Hop is already sold out! Tickets for Saturday and Sunday events are still available online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1366301645. You can also “earn” a free ticket to the event by participating in the annual Dine Around Deal which runs now till the end of the month.