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Scenes from the 2013 Hamburger Hop at Chicago Gourmet

A Hamburger Today Dennis Lee 1 comment

I tried almost every burger at this year's Hamburger Hop, a battle of the burgers between 15 restaurants in Chicago. Check out all the burger action in the slideshow. More

Snapshots from Chicago Gourmet 2013

Chicago Dennis Lee 1 comment

More than 175 Chicago chefs were on hand for cooking demos, seminars, more wine than a person could drink in a lifetime, and, oh yeah, maybe there was a little bit of food, too. More

The 11 Best Dishes at Chicago Gourmet

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 1 comment

These are the eleven bites that stuck out amongst the other 120-odd things we tried over the weekend at Chicago Gourmet. From sandwiches to salads to carbonated fruits (yes, carbonated fruits), here are the bites we'd happily stand in line again for. More

We Attempt to Eat Everything at Chicago Gourmet 2012

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

What is it like for two people to try 120 different dishes in two days? Here is the account of Roger and I attempting to eat everything at Chicago Gourmet. More

Pick Up Chicago Gourmet Pre-Sale Tickets Today

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The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet, which is once again presented by Bon App├ętit, will take place in Millennium Park on September 29 and 30. Starting at 10 a.m. this morning, pre-sale tickets for the event are available. Of course, the tickets are only available "for a limited time, and while supplies last," so I'd hurry if you were planning on going. More

Chicago's Hamburger Hop 2011: A Burger Battle Where We All Win

Chicago Daniel Zemans 8 comments

For the second year in a row, Chicago Gourmet kicked off with the Hamburger Hop. This year, 17 local chefs converged on a rooftop next to Millennium Park to battle one another for burger supremacy. More

Chicago Gourmet 2011: A Serious Celebration of Chicago's Food Scene

Daniel Zemans 2 comments

For the fourth consecutive year, an impressive army of some of Chicago's best restaurants gathered in Millennium Park for Chicago Gourmet, two days of gluttony that might be unsurpassed in the world of food festivals when it comes to a combination of quantity, variety and quality. More

Chicago Gourmet 2010: Outstanding Food Made the Long Lines Worth It

Daniel Zemans 6 comments

For the second consecutive year, Chicago Gourmet brought together a staggering collection of some of Chicago's best chefs along with an impressive array of alcohol manufacturers and full days of cooking demonstrations. While there were some logistical problems that resulted in inexcusably long lines at times, the variety and quality of food made the waits well worth it. More

Chicago Gourmet: A Can't Miss Culinary Celebration

Daniel Zemans 7 comments

"Chicago Gourmet is much more than an all-you-can eat gourmet food fest." [Photographs: Daniel Zemans and Lori Torres] When Sheila O'Grady became the new head of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) in 2007, better days for Chicago's already thriving restaurant scene were inevitable. The year before, the IRA was so weak that it was powerless to stop the Chicago City Council from infamously banning foie gras. But O'Grady, who previously spent over four years as chief of staff to Mayor Richard Daley, brought the organization instant credibility and influence. A year into O'Grady's tenure, the ban was lifted, but she and Mayor Daley had a lot more in mind. Early in her tenure at the IRA, she and the mayor... More

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