Meet, mingle, sip and eat with over 100 of Chicago's top chefs and mixologists at this year's Taste of the Nation Chicago at Navy Pier on Wed., August 13 from 7PM-10PM. This five star culinary event is produced by the non-profit Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry. 100% of ticket sales support NO KID HUNGRY's efforts to end childhood hunger in our country. For the evening, guests will also enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction. A few of the top-shelf restaurant participants include Acadia, Bar Pastoral, bellyQ, Big Jones, Cicchetti, City Winery, Fat Rice, Girl & the Goat, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Nellcote, Osteria Via Stato, Perennial Virant, Trenchermen, Tru, Urban Belly and Vie. Expert Mixologists include Bridget Albert (Southern Wine & Spirits), Adam Seger (The Art Institute of Chicago), Chris Cavarra (Sable Kitchen & Bar) and Christiana DeLucca (Bangers & Lace) and many more participants. Full list is located on their website.General admission tickets are still available: $125.00. VIP tickets at $200.00 which inlcudes a preview hour and VIP-access only areas with open bar. Tickets are tax deductable.The event chair is R.J Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. The event itself will be held at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom which lends to a spectacular view and fireworks over Lake Michigan.Don't miss out on one of Chicago's best culinary events of the season for a great cause - ending childhood hunger. You can buy tickets online.
Local wine aficionados will have a unique opportunity to sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and taste locally-produced artisan foods at Downtown Oak Park's annual Uncork Illinois. Event is scheduled from Saturday, May 31: 1PM-9PM.
Admission is $20 at the gate (cash only) or $15 advance tickets. A glass and 7 tastings is included with the ticket. Additional tastings are $1.00. In addition to the tastings, vineyards will sell wines by the glass or bottle. To purchase online: http://www.downtownoakpark.net/special_pages/uncork.html
Participating wineries from Illinois include: Alto Vineyards, August Hill Winery, City Winery, Cooper's Hawk, Glunz, Illinois River Winery, Illinois Sparkling Company, Sleepy Creek, Spirit Knob Winery, Village Vintner, Waterman Winery, Wild Blossom Meadery. Wyldewood Cellars.
Some of the participating local food vendors include: Autumn Berry Jams, Butter Bella Cookies, Cave Chick Cookies, Katherine Anne Confections and Well St. Popcorn.
Live jazz will also be part of the event. Transportation is encouraged: Metra and CTA Green Line are kicated at Marion and North Boulevard. Limited street parking available in Downtown Oak Park.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit http://www.prevailon.org
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is sponsoring a "Michigan Wine Showcase" on MONDAY, MAY 12 at CITY WINERY CHICAGO. Twenty five producers will be on hand to share some of Michigan's finest award winning wines. It's the ideal opportunity to taste a diverse array of wines from a state with a unique soil and climate. The quality and variety of wines produced is a reason why Michigan is dubbed the "NAPA Valley of the Midwest." It's ranked #13 in wine production in the country, home to over 100 wineries with 50 different grape varieties, and is the 4th largest grape growing state.
Winemakers and vineyard owners will be showcasing their wines at City Winery from 6PM-9PM and connoisseurs can taste over 100 wines with locally sourced, seasonal food pairings. Vineyards include family operations like the Simpson family of Good Harbor Winery ,third generation wine makers who have been growing and harvesting grapes for 300 years. Good Harbor Vineyard, located on the Leelanau Penninsula, is one of the largest Pinot Grigio plantings in the state. Another showcase vineyard from the Penninsula is L Mawby. This winery exclusively produces some of the finest tasting and most affordable sparkling wines in the Midwest.
City Winery, a wine, restaurant and music venue is located in the West Loop/Fulton Market neghborhood. They also produce their own wines sourcing a variety of grapes from all over the world -- and also regionally. Chief Winemaker Robert Kowal chose a Midwest crop this season for his wines, "About two tons of Michigan Riesling yielding 300 gallons of juice." City Winery is able to lower their carbon footprint by using Michigan grapes. Kowal hopes to source even more regional grapes next season.
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Phone: 312-733-9463
CAULIFLOWER FLATBREAD PIZZA APPETIZER/LUNCH
Original recipe by Debbie Donato/Photo courtesy of Debbie Donato
2 pieces of flatbread
4 slices of provolone cheese (Vegan option: Daiya provolone)
1 ½ cups cauliflower
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp of marinated artichoke hearts
2 tbsp of grated Pecorino Romano cheese (Vegan option: Parma)
½ tsp of flat leaf parsley
½ tsp of fresh or dried oregano
Serving for 2
Place 2 pieces of flatbread on lightly greased baking sheet
Cut up provolone cheese slices and place on flatbread
Wash and cut up cauliflower in small pieces, mince up garlic, and place in small bowl
Add olive oil, pepper, and salt to mixture in bowl and mix
Place mixture from bowl on top of provolone cheese
Then place marinated artichoke hearts evenly on top of cauliflower mixture
Then sprinkle the Pecorino Romano cheese on top
Place in preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes
Chop up parsley and oregano and mix together
Then sprinkle on top
1st replace marinated artichoke hearts with scallions
2nd add crushed red pepper to spice it up
Sunday, April 27 at 4PM at Growing Power's Iron Street Farm. Join the good folks of BROOKLYN BREWERY beer and enjoy local delicacies by featured artisans that include CHICAGO HONEY CO-OP, WEST LOOP SALAMI and CRUMB BREAD.
Get to know your Growing Power farmer and learn how your food is grown on a private tour. Savor a delicious family style meal prepared by CHEF NICOLE PEDERSON of FOUND RESTAURANT and CHEF JARED WENTWORTH of LONGMAN & EAGLE and BROOKLYN BREWERY CHEF ANDREW GERSON. Live music performed by The Golden Horse Ranch Band. Children are welcome to this event.
Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farms, chefs, breweries, and food entrepreneurs dedicated to good, sustainable food. Through their roaming culinary events, they work to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live.... and EAT!
Growing Power, Inc., now celebrating 20 years, is a non profit organization and land trust that supports people from diverse backgrounds by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Lead by Farmer, Founder and CEO Will Allen, Growing Power has multiple farm sites located in Milwaukee and Madison and in Chicago: Growing Power.
And the NEW Edible Chicago spring issues on hand for each guest! We hope you can join us all for this very special event. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event and organizers go to: Dinner on the Farm. And Brooklynbrewerymash.com. Part of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food Chicago.
Photo courtesy of Dinner on the Farm.