Chicago Tribune Food Bowl: a 3-week food and drink festival that explores Chicago's second to none food scene

Chicago Tribune Food Bowl: a 3-week food and drink festival that explores Chicago's second to none food scene
Photo: Carole Kuhrt-brewer

The Chicago Tribune Food Bowl "celebrates the chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, innovators, entrepreneurs, critics and connoisseurs who put Chicago at the forefront of the nation’s food and drink scene."

Chicago Tribune's first ever FOOD BOWL offers a 3-week crash course in the fine art of cuisine from Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 26. The festival showcases the distinct tastes and flavors of Chicago from its neighborhoods to its award winning restaurants and world-class chefs. 

The FOOD BOWL gives locals and tourists alike the opportunity to get up close and personal with Chicago's second to none food scene through 100+ events that include specialty classes, test kitchens, panels and talks, pop-up bars, neighborhood tours, fine dining and more.

Why Chicago? Why now?

Here are just a few reasons that make Chicago the city at the top for foodies:

James Beard Awards reception at Chicago's Lyric Opera. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

James Beard Awards reception at Chicago's Lyric Opera. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The James Beard Foundation moved their big Awards ceremony-aka the Oscars of the food world--to Chicago four years ago and will be calling Chicago home again next year.

Condé Nast Traveler says "Chicago is the best restaurant city in America” (2017).

Bon Appétit magazine calls Chicago “America’s most exciting city to eat in right now.”

Chicago's Alinea restaurant has been named the “Best Restaurant in the World” by many, including Elite Traveler magazine.

25 Chicago establishments received one or more Michelin star in 2018.

So now's your chance to experience Chicago's finest at Chicago Tribune's FOOD BOWL. Here are some highlights--the rest of the events are listed on the website:

  • Chicago Food Bowl Launch Party, kicks off the 19-day celebration on August 7 at Gibson's Italia from 6 to 9pm. The evening features bites and booze from Gibsons Italia, Dos Urban Cantina, Tempesta Market and more.
  • bellyQ’s Bill Kim's Korean BBQ Block Party on August 11 takes place at 1400 W Randolph St. Kim and five of his Korean buddies including Parachute’s Beverly Kim, Jennifer Kim of Passerotto, Edward Kim of Mott St., Won Kim of Kimski and the lone Lee from Louisville, Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Milkwood, Whiskey Dry, Succotash) will fire up their renditions of Korean barbecue on the bellyQ patio.
  • Chinese Cuisine Boat Tour: From Downtown to Chinatown on August 19 will feature small-scale tastings of authentic Asian food on a two hour boat tour.
  • Beast Feast on August 23 at 1072 N Milwaukee Avenue brings together Chefs Brian Jupiter, Kevin Hickey, Ian Davis and Jonathan Woolway of St. John for a creative celebration of all things meat.
  • Chicago Tribune FOOD BOWL Night Market convenes at 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr. For three consecutive nights (August 24 - 26) from 3 - 10 PM, FOOD BOWL will take over the city’s beautiful lakeshore at The Lakefront Green at Theater on the Lake. Event-goers will discover new restaurants, sample unique flavors and experience the best bars, live entertainment and interactive food events that the city has to offer.
  • Join Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef and Winner of Top Chef Season 15 Joe Flamm for a casual beachside party on Lake Michigan. The event will include food, drinks and music on the beach, with wine selections from Beverage
    Director Rachael Lowe.
  • Stan's Donuts will create a one-of-a-kind donut, only available during FOOD BOWL. The limited edition donut will be available at all Stan’s Chicago locations, and all proceeds will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • Green City Market and Pilot Light will host multiple events throughout the festival. Events include markets, hands-on classes, collaborative dinners, and a special collaboration with Pilot Light for a hands-on “Edible Education” event with special guest appearance by Mikey DiTomasso of Masterchef Junior.

For tickets and a complete list of events, visit Chicago Tribune Food Bowl.

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