We started our day walking around the Greatest Hits food and wine tasting with more than 50 chefs and 100 wineries. It was truly an indulgent experience and I loved how we could interact directly with the chefs in such a relaxed atmosphere.
|Greatest Hits Tasting|
|Shrimp Bruschetta from GT Fish & Oyster|
|Bruschetta from Enolo Wine Bar|
|Steph Callahan of Steph Eats Chicago & Me|
|Farm to Turntable Menu|
|From L to R: Michael Kornick, Paul Virant, Joe Frillman, Jeff Mahin|
|Hiramasu Crudo: |
roasted Nichol's Farm sweet corn, corn shoots, Thai chili scented olive oil, mint, watermelon radish, lemon cucumber
burrata, purple cress, pickled & smoked peppers, capers, pickled garlic
|Foie Gras Torchon:|
pickled peaches, pecans, and purslane
|Grilled Pork Loin:|
fresh tomato relish, mushroom conserva, arugula
ash baked mission figs, vincotto, ricotta dolce, tea infused cream, vanilla, candied lemon
After the dinner, Steph and I had the chance to meet Geoffrey Zakarian who could not have been nicer.
|Steph, Geoffrey Zakarian, and me|
To end our night, we grabbed a seat in the pavilion to watch American Idol season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips perform, as well as John Mayer. It was such a fun way to end a day of eating, drinking, and music and I was impressed with John Mayer's guitar skills. John ended up playing for two hours! It was pretty incredible.
|A Blurry John Mayer at Ravinia|
|Wine & Cheese Anyone?|
Note: my tickets to Food Network in Concert at Ravinia were complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.