Tuesday, September 8

Chicago Food + Wine Festival Recap

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
The first annual Chicago Food +Wine Festival took place last week and was a HUGE success. Chicago Food + Wine Festival is a partnership between Charlie Jones, founding partner of C3 Presents (whose festival production credentials include Lollapalooza and Austin Food + Wine Festival), chef Tim Love and Christina Grdovic, SVP/Publisher of FOOD & WINE.  The festival brought world-class chefs, sommeliers, cocktail experts, culinary personalities, and musicians to Chicago.

The weekend kicked off with a party Friday night at the newly-renovated Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel hosted by Food & Wine and Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern! The event featured delicious food and beverages from Chicago's best including Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Do-Rite Donuts, The Violet Hour and more. I had a blast and even had the chance to snap a selfie with Zimmern himself!

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Nachos from Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Do-Rite Donuts
Pistachio Meyer Lemon Do-Rite Donuts
Chicago Food & Wine
Andrew Zimmern & Me
Tasting sessions on Saturday and Sunday provided interactive presentations and samplings of wine and spirits, chef demos, food tastings, book signings and more. I stuffed my face and found several new favorite wines during the Saturday tasting session!

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
VieVite Rose
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Wine Tasting
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
BellaVista Cuvee Brut
Pork Rillette From River Roast
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Filet Mignon Sliders from Gibson's
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Zucchini From MK Restaurant
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Elotes from The Florentine
I also enjoyed Chef Stephanie Izard's live demo which featured a preview of her upcoming restaurant, Duck Duck Goat. Chef Izard prepared slap noodles, spring rolls, and an ice cream spring roll dessert with sesame Black Dog Gelato! Other demos on Saturday included sessions from Jose Garces, Tim Love, Mark Oldman, and Rick Bayless.

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Chef Stephanie Izard's Cooking Demo
Some of my favorite bites included a sweet and savory profiterole from Nico Osteria's Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky, a tuna tostada from the soon-to-open Earl's Kitchen + Bar, and a DIY (DI-Pie) pie from Hoosier Mama Pie Company. Attendees chose their pie crust, filling, and toppings to create the mini pie of their choice!

Profiterole From Nico Osteria
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
Tuna Tostada From Earl's Kitchen + Bar
Chicago Food + Wine Festival
DI-Pie from Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Overall, the first annual Chicago Food + Wine Festival was a great weekend! For more information, please visit www.chicagofoodandwinefestival.com. Stay tuned for more info about Chicago Food + Wine 2016!

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