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What to Do at Chicago Gourmet This Weekend

This year’s Chicago Gourmet is looking to be bigger than ever. More chefs, demos, food than in the past plus a new system that will hopefully cut down on waiting in line to grab a tasty morsel. The Grand Cru is getting a new location and an extra 30 minutes this year. Check out the schedule below and the things in bold, we recommend for the education and entertainment factor.

You can also stay on top of what's going on throughout the weekend by downloading the Chicago Gourmet apps from the iTunes store.

The Hamburger Hop is the opening event and looks to be more competitive than last year.


  • 12:45pm Shaken and Stirred: Cocktail Basics Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appétit), Bridget Albert (Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois), Lynn House (Blackbird), Charles Joly (The Drawing Room), and Bobby Gleason (BEAM INC)
  • 1:00pm Beast Feast with Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat) with Jimmy Banos Jr. (The Purple Pig)

  • 1:00pm Fiesta at Rick’s and Mexican Everyday book signing with Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/Xoco)
  • 1:30pm Lettuce Discover, Taste & Explore with Alpana Singh MS (Lettuce Entertain You)
  • 2:30pm New Mexican Cuisine with Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Mario Santiago (May St. Café & Catering)
  • 3:00pm Wine Bar Food book signing with Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia)

  • 4:30pm How to cook like a Top Chef Master with Mary Sue Milliken (Top Chef Masters Season 3 & Border Grill Restaurants & truck)
  • 5:30pm Brunch Basics with Ted Allen (Robert Mondavi Food and Wine Ambassador) and Gale Gand (Tru)


  • 1:30pm Italian, Waxman’s Way with Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto)
  • 1:30pm Blend Classic and Modern: JUSTIN and Its World with Joe Spellman MS (Justin Vineyards and Winery)
  • 2:30pm Traditional Swedish Fare with Stefan Karlsson (Fond Restaurant)

  • 2:45pm Brewing with a Twist with John Legnard (MillerCoors)
  • 3:00pm Know your Food Farm to Plate with Niall Campbell (Firefly Grill)
  • 3:15pm Epic Oyster Shucking with Supreme Lobster and Seafood Co.
  • 3:30pm Market Fresh Meals with Kevin Hickey (Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel)
  • 4:00pm Fall Comfort Foods with Shelley Young (The Chopping Block)