Chicago Gourmet 2015 | chicago foodie girl


Chicago Gourmet 2015

Chicago Gourmet: we came, we saw, we conquered ate ourselves into a food coma. The eighth 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 mascarpone 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!


  1. I'm jealous every time you post a round-up of Chicago Gourmet! I need to schedule a visit to Chicago during the festival!

  2. Wow! I missed out this year, but it's on my to-eat list for next year ;) Everything you had looks so amazing!


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