The CHILLest Food & Wine Event Around

November 25, 2013

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend one of the coolest culinary events in Chicago! LuxeHome's 7th annual CHILL event featured 150 excellent wines from around the world, paired with cuisine from 40 of the city's top chefs. Just having delicious food and wine may be enough to please, however, the event took place inside the boutiques for homebuilding and renovation in the Merchandise Mart. I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to browse the amazing showrooms inside the first floor of the Merchandise Mart but I've never had the opportunity or need to! Each showroom featured wineries and chefs offering samples among the displays of everything from brass-coated hot tubs to exquisite chandeliers and $25,000 digital showers.

My wine-loving friend Megan and I hopped from each LuxeHome showroom checking out all of the beautiful pieces and of course the fabulous wines and cuisines. Some of the highlights of the evening included our favorite bite which was the braised short rib and butternut squash from David Burke's Primehouse! The event also acts as a fundraiser for both the Respiratory Health Association and The Lynn Sage Foundation with silent auctions benefiting each. Some of the showrooms featured performances from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras as well. Check out some photos from the amazing evening below and be sure to attend next year's event!

Roasted beets with yogurt, rye and dill from WOOD
Performance by CYSO
The Shade Store
The Nanz Company & Remains Lighting
More beef & butternut squash from Mercat a la Planxa
The $25k Shower
Shrimp ceviche from Carnivale

Braised short rib from David Burke's Primehouse
Smoked sunchoke with roasted tomato aioli and sorrel from Nellcote

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