Can't Get a Rez at Girl & the Goat? Try Chicago Gourmet!

If you’re looking for a food-and-wine event that promises to be worth both the time and money, look no further than Chicago Gourmet scheduled to take place September 24-26 in Millennium Park. Sponsored by Bon Appétit, Chicago Gourmet brings some of Chicago’s best chefs, sommeliers, brewers, and mixologists together in one place for all Chicagoans to enjoy.

Local favorites such as Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and XOCO), Graham Elliot Bowles (graham elliot), Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat), and Bill Kim (Belly Shack) will serve small samplings of their food. To see the complete list of AMAZING chefs, click here.

The way I see it, if you’ve been dying to try one of these places, can’t get a reservation, and/or can’t afford it, the Chicago Gourmet event is the perfect way to experience them all–and feel like a real foodie at the same time. Tell your friends you ate at Blackbird, even if it’s open-aired instead of in the slick, white ambiance of the restaurant itself. Don’t we all like to dine al fresco anyway?!

If this sounds as awesome to you, as it does to us, you can buy tickets here. Prices:

$250 plus taxes and fees for both Saturday and Sunday

$150 plus taxes and fees for either Saturday or Sunday

and if you LOVE wine, as much as we do, you can pay $175 to attend the Grand Cru event, an exclusive wine tasting with master sommeliers including Chicago-favorite Alpana Singh.

I was lucky enough to attend a Chicago Gourmet Preview event recently, which was held at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. Tony Priolo, of Piccolo Sogno, demostrated how to make Panzanella (bread salad) and risotto, and Serafin Alvarado, master sommelier of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, paired the mini meal with wine.

Check out the photo gallery for pictures of the August preview event–and stay tuned for a September blog post that will feature Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate and Debbi Peek, head mixologist of The Bristol.

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