Category: Food Festivals

Hang with the Legends of BBQ this Summer

Fire up the pits and gather all your friends; it’s that time of year again. Windy City Smokeout is coming back to Chicago for its 6th year, this time with a once-in-a-lifetime twist… The Legends of BBQ—Myron Mixon, Mike Mills, and Wayne Mueller representing the South, Midwest, and Texas respectively—will be leading the charge of... Read more »

There Can Only Be One Pork King or Queen...And It's Going Down At Grand Cochon This Weekend in Chicago

If you’re a lover of pork and high-steaks (ha ha) competition, buckle up for what’s hitting Chicago this Sunday. Some may say that even Iron Chef pales in comparison to Grand Cochon, the grand finale to an epic 14-city nose-to-tail pork competition. Earlier this year, chefs competed from restaurants all around the country, aiming to... Read more »

Chicago's Best Chefs on Cooking Up a Cure

Bringing together 20 of Chicago’s best chefs for one night in a city like Chicago is always a challenge. But, when it happens, it’s an unbeatable event. September 14th was one such night as chefs, restaurants, and food & beverage brands came together to raise awareness and funds for scleroderma, a lesser-known but sometimes fatal... Read more »

Windy City Smokeout 2017

Can you smell it? The promise of smoke, meat, and pungent sauces. Can you hear it? The sounds of 50,000 people buzzing with anticipation. The echoing twang of a guitar and the low beat of a drum as everyone counts down to it—Windy City Smokeout. The heart-and-soul child of superstar Executive Chef, Doug Psaltis, along with... Read more »

Taste of Chicago: One Of The Best Food Festivals In The Country For a Reason

It’s almost here. And if you’re not prepared yet, get ready for Taste of Chicago 2017. From July 5 to July 9, Grant Park will be taken over by the best of Chicago food, along with arts, music, and family fun events. General admission is FREE, which means you’ll have access to celebrity chef cooking demos,... Read more »

Thinking About Adding Taste Of Randolph To Your Weekend Lineup?

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Chicago’s Taste of Randolph, a street festival celebrating the best of the West Loop. While the vendors are made up of local small businesses and vibrant restaurants from the gritty-chic neighborhood, the music lineup (50+ performers) are from all over. It’s the perfect way to spend a #SummertimeChi... Read more »

A Night At Chicago's Culinary Fight Club

The first thing one sees when walking into the Culinary Fight Club event space, held this month at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop, is the ‘pantry’. It’s hard to miss a five-foot long table set just in front of the stage groaning with foodstuffs. Every cut of pork imaginable, sacks of onions, bunches of greens, bottles... Read more »

Culinary Fight Club Has Gone from Industry Secret to National Sensation

The first rule of Culinary Fight Club is: You talk about Culinary Fight Club The second rule of Culinary Fight Club is: You talk about Culinary Fight Club. Third rule: The fight is over when it’s over (race for the pantry: 45 seconds ; cook time: 60 minutes). Fourth rule: More than two guys to a fight.... Read more »

Top Five Reasons To Attend Chicago's 13th Annual Good Food Festival

The 13th annual Good Food Festival and Conference will be taking place March 16 through March 18 in Chicago this year. Run by FamilyFarmed, the conference and festivals brings together over 5,000 people, including some of Chicago’s best chefs, to discuss local food and sustainability. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview representatives of the festival.... Read more »