Taste of Chicago Releases Pop-Up Menu of 20 Restaurants for 2013

Taste of Chicago Releases Pop-Up Menu of 20 Restaurants for 2013
Sure to be a popular treat at Taste...Elotes from Taco Joint.

Chicago is a city of many tastes. That is why last summer’s Pop-Up restaurants, added for the first time to Taste menu, were such a win-win proposition for both the eaters and the servers.

The good news, the Pop-Ups are back for the 33rd Annual Taste of Chicago, July 10-14 in Grant Park, with even more popping up.  Last year 15 restaurants participated as one day Pop-Up vendors.  This year the roster has expanded to 20 restaurants with some setting up shop for two days.  In  addition, there will be a daily Pop-Up booth offering even more dining options.

“The Pop-Up Restaurant feature was introduced at Taste of Chicago last year as a new way to showcase unique neighborhood restaurants and emerging culinary gems,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The program was successful last year and we’re thrilled to welcome Pop-Ups back along with some new additions, giving residents and visitors a great way to enjoy some of our newer culinary and neighborhood choices during this year’s festival.”

New restaurants participating in the Pop-Up program this year are: Hearty Restaurant, Punky’s Pizza & Pasta, Pecking Order, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina, Terzo Piano and Kilwin’s Chocolates. They will be located on Columbus Drive.

This year’s line-up of Pop-Ups offers a virtual cornucopia of tastes and cuisines.  Some of the new menu items Taste-goers may want to experience include: the Cilantro Garlic Pulled Pork Sandwich from Hearty Restaurant; Panades from Garifuna Flava; Elotes from Taco Joint; Mini-Lamb Burgers from Terzo Piano and the Garlic Fried Rice Chicken Bowl from Pecking Order.

Taste of Chicago has once again teamed up with WTTW11’s Check, Please! and creator and Executive Producer David Manilow, who worked to promote participation and to curate the Pop-Ups.

Tickets.

Pop-Ups accept the same food tickets as five-day restaurants which are sold on site at six ticket booths in strips of 12 for only $8. Attendees may purchase the tickets in Dominick’s locations for only $7 beginning July 1-9; remaining ticket strips sell for $8 when the event opens.

Line-up:

Wednesday, July 10

Jin Ju
5203 N. Clark St.

Hearty Restaurant
3819 N. Broadway

Inspiration Kitchen
3504 W. Lake St.

Riva
700 E. Grand Ave.

Thursday, July 11

Pecking Order
4416 N. Clark St.

Hearty Restaurant
3819 N. Broadway

Inspiration Kitchen
3504 W. Lake St.

Punky’s Pizza & Pasta
2600 S. Wallace St.

Friday, July 12

Heartland Café
7000 N. Glenwood Ave.

Pecking Order
4416 N. Clark St.

Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina
158 W. Ontario
1969 N. Halsted

Punky’s Pizza & Pasta
2600 S. Wallace St.

Saturday, July 13

Garifuna Flava
2516-18 W. 63rd St.

Terzo Piano
159 E. Monroe St.

Café Vienna and Catering
2523 N. Clark St.

Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina
158 W. Ontario
1969 N. Halsted

Sunday, July 14

Terzo Piano
159 E. Monroe St.

Garifuna Flava
2516-18 W. 63rd St.

Café Vienna and Catering
2523 N. Clark St.

Kilwin’s Chocolates
5226 S. Harper

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