Taste of Chicago 2012: One-day Pop-Up Restaurants Add Zest to Taste Menu.

Taste of Chicago 2012: One-day Pop-Up Restaurants Add Zest to Taste Menu.

Chicago, Tuesday, May 29, 2011. Something new is coming to the 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago from July 11-15, in Grant Park. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced that 15 new-to-Taste restaurants will be popping-up on the east side of Columbus, just south of Jackson during this years’ food fest.

East side, west side, all around the town.

The line-up of Taste Pop-Ups offers an exciting representation of Chicago’s vast arena of neighborhood restaurants…giving visitors an even more authentic “Taste of Chicago”. The Pop-ups will offer three new restaurant choices each day with the line-up of restaurants changing daily.

New Tastes.

Highlights of the new tastes include Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich from the Austrian Bakery; Vegetarian Crab Sliders from Karyn’s On Green; Mussaman Beef with Rice (Thai) from Arun’s; Beet & Endive Salad, Roasted Almonds, Raspberry Vinaigrette at the Inspiration Kitchen and Daeji Kalbi (Korean Pork BBQ) from Jin Ju.

The Complete Line-up of Pop-Ups for Taste of Chicago 2012.

Wednesday, July 11.
Beat Kitchen.
2100 W. Belmont.

Jin Ju.
5203 N. Clark St.

Marie’s Pizza.
4127-4129 W. Lawrence Ave.

Thursday, July 12.
Inspiration Kitchen.
4715 N. Sheridan Rd.

700 E. Grand Ave. (Navy Pier).

Tre Kronor.
3258 W. Foster Ave.

Friday, July 13.
Café Trinidad.
557 E.75th Street.

Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant.
2516-18 W. 63rd St.

LM Restaurant.
4539 N. Lincoln Ave.

Saturday, July 14.
4156 N. Kedzie Ave.

Austrian Bakery.
2523 N. Clark St.

The Nile Restaurant.
1611 E. 55th St.

Sunday, July 15.
Caffe Gelato.
2034 W. Division St.

Karyn’s On Green.
130 S. Green St.

West Town Tavern.
1329 W. Chicago Ave.

Tickets and Information.

The new, one day Pop-Up program was designed to provide restaurants with an opportunity to participate in the festival, without the cost and time commitment of staffing a booth for five days.

“Our hopes were to create an opportunity for Chicago’s vast array of neighborhood restaurants and we couldn’t be more pleased with the response,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).  “The participating Pop-Ups will offer dining options available all over the city while never leaving the lakefront experience of Taste.”

DCASE teamed up with Check, Please! and its Creator and Executive Producer, David Manilow, to seek out neighborhood gems and curate the new area. “In this new era of Taste of Chicago, the Pop-Ups will be a fantastic attraction, and a great way for attendees to get to know some restaurants that haven’t participated before,” says Manilow.

The 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily in Grant Park. All menu items may be purchased with the same food and beverage tickets as all other booths.  Ticket booths, located throughout the event, will sell strips of 12 tickets for $8.  Beginning July 5 through July 10, strips of tickets may also be purchased at participating Dominick’s for $7 per strip, limit of four.

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