Chicago, Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Is there a better month than September for food lovers? The peak of the season’s harvest awaits along with some of the best foodie events of the year. SMC highlights the best of the best for September 2011.
Seasonal Eats Down on the Farm…Sounds Peachy.
With harvest time just around the corner, what better way to reap the rewards than a trip to the farm and orchard of Green Market vendor Nichols Farm. Rhapsody Restaurant is offering just such an opportunity with their farm to table experience for 40 lucky guests. Guests will meet at Rhapsody at 10:30a.m. to board the bus to the farm in Marengo, IL. The day on the farm includes a tour, drinks and a family-style al fresco dinner featuring seasonal ingredients.
Leave Rhapsody at 10:30a.m., September 11, 2011. 65 E. Adams St. Tickets are $150 by phone at 312 786 9911 or online.
Would You Like Bacon on That?
Join 15 of the area’s best chefs on the rooftop of the Harris Theater as they do battle in a friendly competition to create the city’s best burger at the 2nd Annual Hamburger Hop. You’ll enjoy tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits and spectacular city views. Vote for your favorite burger if you have the wherewithal to sample all 15 or wait to see who the judges pick.
Friday, September 23, 6 to 9p.m. Harris Theater Rooftop, Millennium Park, Tickets, $89 plus tax and service fee.
An Epicurean Affair of Gigantic Portions Returns to Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Chicago Gourmet 2011, a showcase for over 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world returns to Millennium Park for an upper-crust Taste of Chicago. The event features dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.
Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Avenue, Tickets, $150 day, $250, 2-day pass; plus an additional $175 for the Grand Cru.
Earn a Free Ticket to Chicago Gourmet When You Dine Around.
Special prix-fixe meals will be offered at many of Chicago’s top restaurants from August 29 through September 25, in conjunction with Chicago Gourmet 2011. Dine at five of the participating restaurants, save your receipts and redeem them for a one-day free ticket at registration. Check the website to see participating restaurants and details.
Use your American Express card to purchase tickets and save 15%.
Uncommonly Savory Sights for Your Senses.
First Friday’s on the Farm at Uncommon Ground gives guests a novel opportunity to go up on the rooftop to see what grows in this prolific urban oasis. Join Farmer Dave and his agricultural interns for a tour of the “First Certified Organic Roof Top Farm in the Country.”
Uncommon Ground, 1401 West Devon Avenue, Friday, September 2, 5p.m. to sundown. 773 465 9801.
Catch Some Spirits at the Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner.
Join farmers, food artisans, and makers of wine, beer, and spirits for a one-of-a-kind meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients by a local chef, and served family-style in a casual outdoor setting surrounded by the natural beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Ticket price includes cocktails, hors d’oevres, a tour, a multi-course meal with drinks and parking.
Wednesday, September 7, 5 to 8p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Tickets, $200 per person, (847) 835-5440.
Their Hops are Tops.
Beer enthusiasts will want to sample the handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest’s finest brewers at the 5th Annual Festiv-Ale. On tap will be unlimited craft beer tastings, free signature dish samplings from local restaurants and live entertainment.
Carmichael’s Steakhouse Warehouse, 1052 W. Monroe, Tickets, $75 VIP, $50 regular, Friday, September 16, 7p.m. to 11p.m.; VIP reception (6p.m. to 7p.m. until 11p.m.).
Take the Green City Market Locavore Challenge.
Can you eat only local food for two weeks? Remember that means no bananas, no avacados, oranges, limes and a lot of other things you may take for granted. If you think you are up to the challenge you can sign-up at the Green City Market starting September 3, 2011. During the Locavore Challenge, Green City Market will support fearless locavores with variety of educational opportunities, social events and culinary inspirations. Those who sign the Locavore Pledge can pick up their “Locavore Kit” at the Market starting September 3rd. The “Locavore Kit” will include a schedule of events, locavore resources, and recipe ideas.
The challenge dates are September 7 through September 21. An information Fair will be held Saturday, September 10 from 8a.m. to noon. Green City Market, 1790 N. Clark Street.
Vote for Your Favorite Chef Creation at the Common Threads Cook-Off.
Some of Chicago’s top chefs will be on hand at this benefit cook-off that challenges chefs to create their favorite cookout themed dish either in a glass, on a bun, in a shell, or on a stick. Participation chefs/mixologists include: Chris Cavarra from Sable; Greg Elliott of Lockwood; Scott Halverson at prasino; Stephanie Izard, The Girl and the Goat; Sarah Kosikowski, Sixteen; Kyle McHugh, Lady Gregory; Nicole Pederson, C-House; Evan Percoco and Toni Roberts, Cibo Matto; Kevin Schulz, Fulton’s on the River; Todd Stein, Florentine; Dan Tucker, SUSHISAMBA and more.
Fulton’s on the River, 315 N. LaSalle Street, September 15, Tickets, general admission, $75, VIP, $150.
Get Your Dose of Artisan Food and more at this Market.
Dose is a year-round market featuring a fine selection of vendors under one roof in the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Vendors at the September market will showcase innovative fashion, artisan food and high design.
September 25th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois Street, Tickets are $10 tickets at the door the day of the event or $8 advance tickets online.
Celebrate the Red, White and Rosé at the Windy City Wine Festival.
Wine enthusiasts can view and sample from a selection of over 270 wines from around the world at the Windy City Wine Festival. The fest will also feature cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, where festival-goers can learn about new and exciting varieties straight from wine experts and sommeliers. Also some of the city’s top restaurants will be selling their signature dishes.
Buckingham Fountain , Grant Park at Columbus Drive and East Congress Pkwy , Friday, September 9 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 10 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets, Adult Tasting Ticket (21+) $27. Designated Driver Ticket (21+) $10 .
Get out of your shell.
Roscoe Village’s annual Guinness Oyster Fest offers a winning combo of oysters and beer plus two stages featuring live music entertainment and dozens of other food vendors (hot dogs, ribs,etc.) for the perfect “usher in the fall” (before the official fall) celebration
2000 W. Roscoe St. September 16 – 17 , Friday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Tickets, $7 donation .
Spend a Freaky White Night at Trump Tower.
Sixteen Restaurant sommelier Rachel Lowe and Domaine Select Representative Michael D’Amato have hand-selected natural white wines that have been uniquely created in accordance with celestial forces to complement a gourmet, seven-course tasting menu.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Trump Tower, Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash Avenue. Tickets, $150 plus tax and gratuity. 312 588 8000.
Catch a Lick and a Flick.
The Second Annual Chicago Food Film Festival features the best documentaries, shorts and full-length films about the world’s favorites foods. While festival-goers enjoy the movie, the organizers serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full-bodied experience.
The Chicago Food Film Festival, originally scheduled for September, will be rescheduled for later in the season. Check their website for dates after September 9 for the 3-day event.
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