Top 10 Reasons Why Eating at Chicago Gourmet 2012 is Better Than Eating at Home.

Top 10 Reasons Why Eating at Chicago Gourmet 2012 is Better Than Eating at Home.
Rick Bayless is one of more than 160 chefs that will be at this weekend's Chicago Gourmet event in Millennium Park.

CHICAGO, Monday, September 24, 2012. The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet sponsored by Bon Appétit is coming to Chicago's Millennium Park this Saturday and Sunday. The culinary extravaganza will celebrate food and wine with more than 160 of the finest restaurants and chefs in Chicago as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the globe. Chicago Gourmet is one of the nation's most anticipated epicurean events drawing foodies from all corners of the planet. However Chicago Gourmet is not just for foodies it's for everyone.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should go:

10.  Eating at Chicago Gourmet is better than eating at home because the Girl & The Goat doesn't live at your house.

9.  You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is a good choice for dinner.  (clue #1, it's not).

8.  You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think Brie is a character from Desperate Housewives not a kind of cheese.

7.  You need to go to Chicago Gourmet because Rick Bayless and Tony Hu will be preparing your food not you.

6.  You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think Piccolo Sogno is a musical instrument instead of a restaurant.

5. You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if  "Chopped" is what happens to your fingers when working in your kitchen.

4. You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think that wine ONLY comes from boxes.

3. You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think that eating local means eating in your kitchen.

2. You need to go to Chicago Gourmet if you think that "Iron Chef" is code for the martial arts movie Blade II.

1. And the number one reason you need to go to Chicago Gourmet...did I mention Rick Bayless?

Admission.

General-admission tickets to Chicago Gourmet are priced at $159 + tax for a One-Day Pass and $265 + tax for a Weekend Pass. General admission allows full access to the festival area, which includes numerous culinary tasting pavilions, live cooking demonstrations presented at 30-minute intervals on the Bon Appétit Main Stage and the Bon Appétit Culinary Stage, as well as premium wine and spirits tastings and seminars. September 29, 30 from noon to 6 p.m. (Sat.); noon to 5 p.m. (Sun.).

Grand Cru at Chicago Gourmet.

The Grand Cru is a 2-hour tasting led by Master Sommeliers, an elite core of Chicago's top sommeliers, and representatives from many highly-regarded wineries held both Saturday and Sunday with the purchase of a separate ticket from the Main Event.  Tickets are $175 per person. 2p.m.-4p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, The Grand Cru on Saturday 9/29 is sold out. There are still some Grand Cru tickets available for Sunday 9/30.

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