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Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet: A Foodies Intro to Fall

10/7/2015, 12:36 p.m.
The unofficial kickoff of the Fall Foodie season is annual Chicago Gourmet presented by bon appetit at Chicago's Millennium Park, ...

The unofficial kickoff of the Fall Foodie season is annual Chicago Gourmet

presented by bon appetit at Chicago's Millennium Park, now in its eighth edition.

This year's event was a complete sellout with gourmet bites from the area's best

chefs and restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and seminars, book

signings and, new for 2015, a Big Green Egg Tasting Pavilion, Mexico Tasting

Pavilioon, and the Italian Invasion Tasting Pavilion. A big focal point is The Grand

Cru, presented by Elmer Stahl LLP, which features the Best Restaurants Collective by

Bion Appetit which features decadent bites from top chefs and elite wines from the

world's top vineyards and cellars. The Global BBQ Beer and Bourbon Pavilion

presented by COUNTRY Financial featured char-grilled specialties from Chicago's

finest, including ethnic spins on classic BBQ paired with craft beer and some good

ol' Country Music.

The ever-popular Hamburger Hop kicked off the weekend's festivities with a burger

showdown. Another first was Chicago City-wide edition of Punch Kinghs, Pigs n' Tiki,

presented by COCHON 555 and Chicago Gourmet, which saw 12 of Chicago's top

mmixologists go toe-to-toe competing for the best Tiki inspired punch bowl.

Another first, Chicago Gourmet introduced a morning of wellness with Rise and Shine

Gourmet, with the focus on families and health presented by United Healthcare. Held

Sunday morning in adjacent Maggie Daley Park, the event featured a sunriuse yoga

class, a family run/walk, followed by a tasting from the city's best brunch haunts.

If you missed this year's edition, be sure to put in on the calendar for next year.

Visit chicagogourmet.org for details on events throughout the year and support the

Chicago Gourmet Online Auction!