Taste of Chicago gets it right with food lineup for 2019

Taste of Chicago gets it right with food lineup for 2019
Press preview at Seoul Taco. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Taste of Chicago welcomes 37 new Chicago-based
restaurants, food trucks and shared kitchens

Taste of Chicago, the 39th edition, according to Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Mark Kelly, “Is not your grandma’s Taste.”

And he’s right.

You may remember back in 2010, Taste was on shaky legs, losing money, losing visitors. Even Show Me Chicago was calling for its head.

Then in 2011, along came Mayor Emanuel, who put it back in the hands of to DCASE and revamped it to include the many new options that we take for granted today including food trucks, pop-ups, internationally-renowned chefs, music from chart-topping acts and more.

It 2013, Taste of Chicago once again, turned a profit (which it hadn’t done since 2007) and has been going strong ever since.

What I like about this year’s Taste is that it reflects the cultural makeup of Chicago with cuisines from the neighborhoods and 50% of the vendors represented by women and minorities.

At yesterday’s press conference, the media got to sample some of the exciting menu items for 2019 Taste of Chicago–the free-admission festival this July 10–14 in Grant Park.

Here’s a look:

Spicy Pork Taco from Seoul Taco (738 N. Clark)

Taco from Seoul Taco. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Taco from Seoul Taco. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Gospel Wings from Luella’s Gospel Bird (2009 N. Damen)

Luella's Gospel Wings. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Luella’s Gospel Wings. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Gordos Homemade Ice Cream Bars (1120 W. Grandview)

Gordos Homemade ice cream bars. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Gordos Homemade ice cream bars. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

82 eateries will participate in the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago presented by DoorDash. The festival will showcase Chicago’s diverse culinary scene with 41 five-day participants, 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks.

Here’s a video from yesterday’s press conference.

Taste of Chicago will present a wide range of offerings with 37 newcomers to the event in 2019, a 48% increase from 25 in 2018. The new food eateries include 11 five-day participants, 17 pop-ups serving for one or two days and 9 food trucks. Additionally, the festival received a 12% increase in the number of applications from food businesses located across the city and representing a wide variety of cuisines.

New Eateries at the 2019 Taste of Chicago include:

90 Miles Cuban Café
A Place by Damao
Bar Takito
Barangaroos Aussie Pies
Ben’s Bar-Be-Cue
Big Wang’s Chinese Street Food
Black Dog Gelato
Brazilian Bowl Inc.
Buscia’s Bacon Buns
Coastline Catering
Da Pizza Dude
Dmen Tap
Dog Haus
Egg Rolls Etc.
Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars
Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls
Jason’s Deli
Jeannie’s Flan Inc.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Josephine’s Cooking
Jus Sandwiches
Kitchen 17
Lao Sze Chuan
Luella’s Gospel Bird
Madame VanderKloot’s Weiner Emporium
Mr. Quiles Mexican Food
Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes
Nourish Catering
Pink Flamingo (Flamingo Rum Club)
Pink Taco
Seoul Taco
The Cookie Crate
The Slab Bar-B-Que
Three Legged Tacos
Whadda Jerk
Yvolina’s Tamales

All culinary participants will offer signature menu items, including additional selections of the popular “Taste of” portions priced at $3.00 or less, allowing guests the opportunity to sample an even greater variety of items. Admission to the Taste of Chicago is FREE, and tickets for food and beverages can be purchased in strips of 14 tickets for $10.

Visit Taste of Chicago for festival details, including a complete list of restaurants, food trucks and culinary businesses.

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