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Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet http://chicagogourmet.org
Twitter & Instagram: @Chicago_Gourmet Produced by the Illinois Restaurant Association, Chicago Gourmet is a premier experience that celebrates Chicago’s world-class culinary community.

The three-day event offers attendees the chance to sample hundreds gourmet creations along with wine, spirits and beer tastings; attend seminars and demonstrations from internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers; and learn firsthand about epicurean trends from the experts. The weekend kicks off with the Hamburger Hop, a friendly showdown among top chefs vying for the best bu

The three-day event offers attendees the chance to sample hundreds gourmet creations along with wine, spirits and beer tastings; attend seminars and demonstrations from internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers; and learn firsthand about epicurean trends from the experts. The weekend kicks off with the Hamburger Hop, a friendly showdown among top chefs vying for the best bu

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NATIONAL DONUT DAY. 🍩 You know what to do. Tag your favorite Chicago donut shop below.
06/03/2022

NATIONAL DONUT DAY. 🍩 You know what to do. Tag your favorite Chicago donut shop below.

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! 🏳️‍🌈 Gaijin Chicago has brought back its adorable Pride kakigori (Japanese shaved ice dessert) that h...
06/01/2022

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! 🏳️‍🌈 Gaijin Chicago has brought back its adorable Pride kakigori (Japanese shaved ice dessert) that hits every super-sweet note. A portion of sales from the $16 dessert go to Brave Space Alliance.

NOW OPEN! 👏🏼 Tabu Chicago: bringing a fresh take on Latin cuisine and craft cocktails in a unique and eclectic West Loop...
05/30/2022

NOW OPEN! 👏🏼 Tabu Chicago: bringing a fresh take on Latin cuisine and craft cocktails in a unique and eclectic West Loop space.

05/28/2022

PRAISE FOR THE PATTY MELT. 🙏🏼 Little Goat, we love you very much. 📸 @hangry_chicago

BEST NEW PATIOS. ☀️ #SummertimeChi is just around the corner and Infatuation Chicago listed out the best new outdoor din...
05/26/2022

BEST NEW PATIOS. ☀️ #SummertimeChi is just around the corner and Infatuation Chicago listed out the best new outdoor dining spots for the season, including the patio at Jaleo. For the full list, visit: https://bit.ly/3GqbJSf.

TOFU? WE DO. 🥪 TriBecca's Sandwich Shop's Cubano features Phoenix Bean Tofu... and we're here 👏🏼 for  👏🏼 it. 👏🏼
05/24/2022

TOFU? WE DO. 🥪 TriBecca's Sandwich Shop's Cubano features Phoenix Bean Tofu... and we're here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it. 👏🏼

A SWEET ESCAPE. 🍋 Indulge in Bloom Plant Based Kitchen's yuzu lemon tarte this spring.
05/22/2022

A SWEET ESCAPE. 🍋 Indulge in Bloom Plant Based Kitchen's yuzu lemon tarte this spring.

05/20/2022

FROM PLATE TO PRESENTATION. 🍽 Chef Bill Kim lets every flavor shine in his Korean BBQ salmon served with a cucumber and carrot slaw and homemade kimchi, only at The Table at Crate.

ANOTHER BURGER MONTH BEAUTY. 😍 LG's Bar & Kitchen's Irish Whiskey Burger features a whiskey glaze, caramelized onions, a...
05/19/2022

ANOTHER BURGER MONTH BEAUTY. 😍 LG's Bar & Kitchen's Irish Whiskey Burger features a whiskey glaze, caramelized onions, aged cheddar and tomato on a brioche bun. Is your mouth watering yet? 🤤 #NationalBurgerMonth

CHARCUTERIE DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE. 💭 Raise your meat & cheese board bar at  Raised Bar Chicago  overlooking the Chica...
05/16/2022

CHARCUTERIE DREAMS ARE MADE OF THESE. 💭 Raise your meat & cheese board bar at Raised Bar Chicago overlooking the Chicago River this summer.

NATIONAL BURGER DAY. 🍔 Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 28, National Burger Day, and add a visit to Chicago Burger ...
05/13/2022

NATIONAL BURGER DAY. 🍔 Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 28, National Burger Day, and add a visit to Chicago Burger Company at Sheraton Grand Chicago to your itinerary!

NOW HIRING! 🚨 The Illinois Restaurant Association Special Events team is looking for a spring/summer intern to assist wi...
05/11/2022

NOW HIRING! 🚨 The Illinois Restaurant Association Special Events team is looking for a spring/summer intern to assist with coordination assistance for the organization's events, including the Annual Golf Outing, Chicago Gourmet and more. If you're passionate about the restaurant industry and looking to build your skillset in special events management, send your cover and resume to [email protected]. 📸 @neiljohnburger

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 💐 This one goes out to all of the moms and mom figures who have supported our Chicago chefs and rest...
05/08/2022

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 💐 This one goes out to all of the moms and mom figures who have supported our Chicago chefs and restaurant teams. ⠀

🧑🏽‍🍳 Chef Rodolfo Cuadros and his mother | Amaru Restaurant, Bloom Plant Based Kitchen and Lil Amaru at Time Out Market Chicago

LAST-MINUTE MOTHER'S DAY PLANS. 🗓 If you can't gift your mom a trip to Paris this Mother's Day, settle for an equally ex...
05/07/2022

LAST-MINUTE MOTHER'S DAY PLANS. 🗓 If you can't gift your mom a trip to Paris this Mother's Day, settle for an equally exciting visit to Bistronomic for brunch!

MOTHER'S DAY FEAST. 🍝 Double-down on appreciation for mom with RPM Italian's Mother's Day gift box, featuring a pound of...
05/04/2022

MOTHER'S DAY FEAST. 🍝 Double-down on appreciation for mom with RPM Italian's Mother's Day gift box, featuring a pound of fresh bucatini, 16 ounces of pomodoro sauce, bon bons, chocolate bark and a split of Giuliana Prosecco.

MOTHER'S DAY MOMENTS. 💐 Treat mom like the royalty she is with afternoon tea at The Bar at Hotel Zachary on Sunday, May ...
05/03/2022

MOTHER'S DAY MOMENTS. 💐 Treat mom like the royalty she is with afternoon tea at The Bar at Hotel Zachary on Sunday, May 8 from 1–3 PM. Tag her in the comments below!

"Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 8 and, unlike last year, restaurants can serve dine-in customers for th...
05/03/2022
Where to Eat for Mother’s Day in Chicago

"Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 8 and, unlike last year, restaurants can serve dine-in customers for the occasion. Not all moms are ready to venture out for meals, however, so many local establishments are offering both decadent dining room specials and luxurious feasts for takeout and delivery. The pandemic is stressful, so sit back and let the professionals handle the cooking this year." (via Naomi Waxman/Eater Chicago)

Celebrate mom at home or out on the town

CONGRATS! 👏🏼 We're thrilled to congratulate to the winners of the 2022 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.
05/02/2022

CONGRATS! 👏🏼 We're thrilled to congratulate to the winners of the 2022 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.

SAY "I DO" TO DONUTS. 💍 The "STANd By Me" donut is  Stan's Donuts and Coffee Chicago 's first-ever wedding donut, only a...
04/29/2022

SAY "I DO" TO DONUTS. 💍 The "STANd By Me" donut is Stan's Donuts and Coffee Chicago 's first-ever wedding donut, only available for catering. Who's hungry?!

CONGRATS! 🎉 We're thrilled to congratulate the 2022 Media Award Nominees for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, ...
04/27/2022
Here are the 2022 Media Award Nominees

CONGRATS! 🎉 We're thrilled to congratulate the 2022 Media Award Nominees for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, especially those representing Chicago:

"The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes"
Julia Momosé with Emma Janzen
(Penguin Random House)

“’Constant Evolution’”; “Restaurant Debuts as one of the Best in the Midwest”; “Pizzas Out of this World”
Louisa Chu
Chicago Tribune

We're also excited to welcome the return of the ceremonies to Chicago on Saturday, June 11. Check out the full list of nominees—Book, Broadcast Media and Journalists—and purchase tickets: jamesbeard.org/awards. #JBFA

Announcing our 2022 Media Award Nominees including Book, Broadcast Media, and Journalism.

WHO'S IN THE MOOD FOR MEXICAN FOOD?! 🌮 Dive into Chef Diana Dávila's dazzling display of small Mexican dishes in Logan S...
04/25/2022

WHO'S IN THE MOOD FOR MEXICAN FOOD?! 🌮 Dive into Chef Diana Dávila's dazzling display of small Mexican dishes in Logan Square at Mi Tocaya Antojería . 📸 @afterthequake

HELLO, PATIO SEASON. ☀️ Soak up the sun on  Rose Mary 's Croatian-Italian oasis in the center of Fulton Market. Where ar...
04/23/2022

HELLO, PATIO SEASON. ☀️ Soak up the sun on Rose Mary 's Croatian-Italian oasis in the center of Fulton Market. Where are you celebrating the season today?

CHICAGO CHEFS COOK FOR UKRAINE. 🇺🇦 Thank you to Chefs Tony Priolo, Paul Kahan and Giuseppe Tentori for joining a team of...
04/20/2022

CHICAGO CHEFS COOK FOR UKRAINE. 🇺🇦 Thank you to Chefs Tony Priolo, Paul Kahan and Giuseppe Tentori for joining a team of volunteers to feed refugees in Poland near the border of Ukraine in partnership with World Central Kitchen. We appreciate your service and for proudly representing Chicago. #CookForUkraine

NOW OPEN! 👏🏼 Discover Gold Coast's latest treasure: Café Sophie, a European-inspired café and market from the team behin...
04/19/2022

NOW OPEN! 👏🏼 Discover Gold Coast's latest treasure: Café Sophie, a European-inspired café and market from the team behind Maple & Ash offering baked goods, wood-fired plates, drinks and wine—all the time.

EARTH MONTH EATS. 🌎 #EarthMonth calls for Capay Hills Orchard green almonds with coconut sorbet from Wherewithall.
04/15/2022

EARTH MONTH EATS. 🌎 #EarthMonth calls for Capay Hills Orchard green almonds with coconut sorbet from Wherewithall.

TIME FOR PIZZA PIE! 🍕 From virtual pizzeria to a permanent spot in Uptown,  Milly's Pizza In The Pan  continues to wow c...
04/11/2022

TIME FOR PIZZA PIE! 🍕 From virtual pizzeria to a permanent spot in Uptown, Milly's Pizza In The Pan continues to wow crowds with their popular deep-dish pies with caramelized cheese baked into the crust.

Get ready to stir it up with the return of Chicago Gourmet from September 22–25! 🥄🌀 We’re dedicating this year’s festiva...
04/07/2022

Get ready to stir it up with the return of Chicago Gourmet from September 22–25! 🥄🌀 We’re dedicating this year’s festival to the dreamers and doers in our community. Join the founding sponsor, Illinois Restaurant Association , and presenting sponsor, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits , in celebrating all those who are “Creating a Stir!” This year’s ingredients? Check it out:

🌮🍹 Tacos & Tequila: hosted by Chef Rick Bayless and presented by US Foods on Thursday, September 22.

🍔🔥 Hamburger Hop: hosted by Chef Stephanie Izard and presented by Buckhead Meat and Blue Moon Brewing Company on Friday, September 23.

🏙✨ Late Night Gourmet: presented by TAO Chicago on Friday, September 23.

🍷🌆 Grand Cru: presented by UnitedHealthcare on Saturday, September 24.

🍻🥨 Prost! In the Park: a Sünday Fünday with a gourmet twist, this new Oktoberfest-style beer and spirits festival takes place on Sunday, September 25.

With post-pandemic economic recovery of the hospitality industry at the forefront, our programming will benefit the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF), a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to building and promoting the health and prosperity of the restaurant industry.

2022’s full event lineup, details and tickets will be announced in July at chicagogourmet.org! 📸 James A. Vitullo Photography

GOLD COAST GOODIES. 🦀 Discover the delicacies of the neighborhood, like  Nico Osteria , with  Infatuation Chicago 's gui...
04/01/2022

GOLD COAST GOODIES. 🦀 Discover the delicacies of the neighborhood, like Nico Osteria , with Infatuation Chicago 's guide to "The Best Restaurants in The Gold Coast:" https://bit.ly/3qXEH5E.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE. 👏🏼 Congrats to the seven new Chicago additions to the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list: Apolonia Ch...
03/30/2022

ROUND OF APPLAUSE. 👏🏼 Congrats to the seven new Chicago additions to the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list: Apolonia Chicago, Bloom Plant Based Kitchen, Dear Margaret, Lardon, Sochi Saigonese Kitchen, Superkhana International and Tortello. Next week, the Guide will announce its starred restaurants on Tuesday, April 5, along with the other 48 spots on the Bib Gourmand list.

📸 Apolonia, Lori Sapio, Neil Burger, Clayton Hauck, Soo Park, Belen Aquino + Kenny Kim

MONDAY MOOD FOOD. 😊 Skip dinner preparation tonight and dine out—discover your options with  The Infatuation 's list of ...
03/28/2022

MONDAY MOOD FOOD. 😊 Skip dinner preparation tonight and dine out—discover your options with The Infatuation 's list of "19 Great Restaurants That Are Open on Mondays," including Aba Restaurant in the West Loop: https://bit.ly/3qIskKu.

NEW DISCOVERIES. 🔎  Michelin Guide   just rated 23 Chicago restaurants, including  Andros Taverna , as "New Discoveries,...
03/24/2022

NEW DISCOVERIES. 🔎 Michelin Guide just rated 23 Chicago restaurants, including Andros Taverna , as "New Discoveries," an effort to help food lovers identify new spots prior to the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars. Check out the full list from Eater Chicago : https://bit.ly/3uxVsFA.

75 YEARS! 👏🏼 On Thursday, March 24,  Home Run Inn Pizza  will celebrate its 75th birthday with a year-long pizza giveawa...
03/22/2022

75 YEARS! 👏🏼 On Thursday, March 24, Home Run Inn Pizza will celebrate its 75th birthday with a year-long pizza giveaway, planning to distribute 10,000 pizzas through 2022 to houseless Chicagoans, seniors and low-income families in partnership with the city's Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS).

LABOR OF LOVE! ❤️ "Cooking is a labor of love and guests can taste that and feel that energy.  Smyth  is built around th...
03/20/2022

LABOR OF LOVE! ❤️ "Cooking is a labor of love and guests can taste that and feel that energy. Smyth is built around the love and inspiration we found during our time in Smyth County. That's where we discovered that we have to cook for ourselves. We have to experience the love when we're doing it in order for our guests to have that same feeling." 💬 Chef Karen Urie Shields

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Last night, the IRA team had the honor of accepting two prestigious awards. First, our very own Executive Vice President Mary Kay Bonoma was inducted into the Chicago Culinary Museum & Chefs Hall of Fame. This year, the annual ceremony honored women leaders who have shown unparalleled dedication to their craft and advanced the hospitality industry through their efforts. Those of you who know Mary Kay can attest to her tireless commitment to our restaurant community. Her depth of insight, creativity, and strategy in all realms of advocacy, philanthropy, Chicago Gourmet and more are just a few attributes that make her invaluable to our team and to restaurants everywhere. Congratulations, Mary Kay! There is no one who deserves the recognition more than you! Meanwhile, over at at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism, Chicago Gourmet was awarded not one, but TWO awards for Excellence in Tourism: Best Event/Festival AND Best of Show! Chicago Gourmet Executive Director Ashley Brandon attended and accepted the awards on our behalf. For the past 14 years, we have put all of our passion into sharing Chicago’s unparalleled culinary community with residents and visitors from around the globe. As Chicago Gourmet celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2022, we are proud to be recognized by the State of Illinois for these efforts. These awards would be impossible without the support of our generous sponsors and the amazing chefs and restaurants who give so generously of their time and talent year after year. Our extended production and marketing partners, too! And most importantly, it would be impossible without our loyal #chigourmet fans. We are honored! As 2021 draws to a close on a high note, we want to express our admiration for and support of restaurants throughout Illinois. We do what we do because of you! Here's to a New Year of continued recovery, growth and success for all.
**GIVEAWAY TIME!!** Enter to win two (2) tickets to the hottest event in town! A FIVE RESTAURANT FEAST at @vermilionchicago this Friday December 3rd at 6pm! This night will include feasting on five cuisines from five different Chicagoland female restauranteurs, meeting, and hearing from the chefs and restaurateurs during a live panel discussion! If you win, you’ll have your choice of either dine in or takeout. Omnivore or vegetarian. To enter 1. Tag a friend 2. You MUST be following: NaKorn Saigon Sisters Hewn Found Wednesday December 1st at noon we’ll DM the winner! Good luck and enter today! You truly don’t want to miss this! Tickets are available online opentable.com/vermilion-chicago Chicago Gourmet Choose Chicago
Estamos a solo unos días de un mes entero de comida en Chicago Gourmet 🍴 En lugar del clásico evento Grand Tasting en Millennium Park, el evento de este año celebrará la diversa escena culinaria de la ciudad con una variedad de deliciosos eventos. Cenas íntimas con reconocidos chefs locales, el regreso de la popular degustación Grand Cru, un Hamburger Hop más grande y mejor, y mucho más. Toque el enlace en nuestra biografía para obtener entradas e información. #ChicagoGourmet https://bit.ly/2RPg5dj
Part V of my Chicago Gourmet event coverage. The Main Event…#GrandCru Illinois Restaurant Association Choose Chicago Chicago Bucket List UnitedHealthcare Gibsons Italia Stephanie Izard Chef Sarah Jayne Grueneberg evian Licor 43 Whitley Neill Gin South Africa JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Lyre's Spirit Co Hard Truth Distilling Co. Aviation Gin Champagne Pommery Frankly Organic Vodka Patrón Tequila Mariano's This Little Goat The Finnish Long Drink #photography #photographer #eventphotography #chicagogourmet #chicago #lovewhatido
Part IV of my Chicago Gourmet event coverage. If you weren’t at the Tacos + Tequila event, let’s just say you should’ve been there. Truly a night to remember. #tacosandtequila Illinois Restaurant Association Chef Rick Bayless Isabelli Lifestyle Patrón Tequila Frontera Foods Topolobampo Lori Lightfoot Hornitos Tequila Tecate Mezcal Convite Tres Agaves Montelobos Mezcal #chicago #chicagogourmet #rickbayless #patron #tacos #tequila #lorilightfoot #mezcal #eventphotography #eventphotographer #chicagophotographer #photographer #photography #lovewhatido US Foods Choose Chicago Lobos 1707 1800 Tequila Abasolo Whisky evian
VIDEO: What is your favorite burger in Chicago? Chicago Gourmet's Hamburger Hop 2021 crowns champion. Full Story: https://bit.ly/3ieCZIr
Win a VIP EXPERIENCE at the 2022 Chicago Gourmet plus weekend stay at Hyatt Regency Chicago, a 7-night getaway at a luxury North Carolina mountain cabin, an autographed Anthony Rizzo jersey, plus dozens of other prizes in the Laugh Your Face Off Silent Auction. Bidding is now open and available to ANYONE! All proceeds benefit The Facial Pain Research Foundation. Either scan the QR code on your phone or visit https://one.bidpal.net/lyfo2021/browse/featured
Our own Chef Kevin Hickey was one of the celebrity judges last night at Chicago Gourmet Hamburger hop…such a fun event!
What is your favorite burger in Chicago? Chicago Gourmet's Hamburger Hop gives you a chance to taste your way through Chicago while helping the restaurant community
Together, we made it a September to remember. Chicago Gourmet returned in-person as a monthlong celebration, and we are grateful to every chef, restaurant, sponsor and partner that brought the 14th annual celebration to life! The best part: We were together again – sharing a meal, raising our glasses, laughing, dancing, creating memories, and supporting the very restaurants that have always welcomed everyone with open arms and generously given back to their communities. THANK YOU. A special shout-out to Chicago Gourmet’s presenting sponsor and our longtime friends, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. And (drumroll please…) 🗓SAVE THE DATE! Chicago Gourmet 15th Anniversary! September 23-25, 2022 📷: Neil John Burger Photography
Being celebrated amongst my peers makes this journey in the food industry all worth it for me. For several years I worked Chicago Gourmet as an employee. This year was my debut as "Talent"! Such a gratifying full circle moment for me. Thank you Mariano's & Murray's Cheese for the collaboration! #Spiaggia #ParamountEvents #BlackGirlChefs #ChicagoChef #TheGoatGlowUp ❤ Lexington Betty Smoke House #1
Chicago Gourmet’s 2021 Hamburger Hop returned with a splash on Friday, September 24. Held at the Harris Theater rooftop and emceed by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, the event's panel of celeb judges awarded TWO Chicago chefs with the coveted Hamburger Hop Award!