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.
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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.
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.
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.
The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet, which is once again presented by Bon Appétit, 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.
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.
"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...