Chicago Gourmet: we came, we saw, we
conquered ate ourselves into a food coma. The eight annual festival (aka the biggest and most spectacular culinary event of the year) took place in Millennium Park the last weekend of September, and for the third year in a row, Diana and I were lucky to join 13,000 of our closest foodie friends for a trip to culinary heaven!
As per usual, the day was filled with endless food and drink samples, seminars, cooking demos, and book signings that included over 200 chefs and 190 restaurants. While the weather was slightly uncooperative for a good chunk of the day, we still managed to have a fantastic time... I mean really, how can you not have a good time when you're surrounded by some of the best chefs in the industry, delicious food, and gallons of wine?!
Here's a bit of what we ate/drank during our day of fabulous foodie fun...
A rare/lovely moment of blue skies and sunshine!
King Crab BLT Roll from Hugo's Frog Bar
Scallop Ceviche with red onion and hominy from Tanta
Octopus with Mashed Potatoes and Tuna & Sweet Potato from Artango Bistro
Crab Salad from Cochon Volant
Dungeness Crab Salad with avocado and heirloom tomatoes from Madison & Rayne
Drunken Duck Meatballs with duck bacon & figs topped with arugula pesto and gin and juniper béchamel sauce from Maple Leaf Farms
Watermelon & Feta Salad, Steak Sliders, and Grilled Shrimp from Gibson's
RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martinis
Tippy Cow Shamrock Shakes
Tirami-Choux: pâte à choux cream puff with marscapone mousse, espresso ganache, and coffee shortbread from Travelle
Peach Cheesecake bites from Eli's Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Cup Donut from Firecakes Donuts
Spicy 'Nduja Salami on Ciabatta with manchego cheese and apples from Monteverde
Octopus Escabeche from Salero
Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Neuske's bacon from Firefly Grill
Blue Moon Ice Cream from Farmhouse
Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream from Stan's Donuts
Champagne infusions from Moët & Chandon
White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels from the American Express tent
Mini Chocolate Donuts from the American Express tent
Lemon Meringue Tarts from the American Express tent
Mini Lemon Squares from the American Express tent
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies from the American Express tent
It was another awesome round of Chicago Gourmet and we can't wait for next year!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary media pass to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.