A Taste of the Taste of Chicago

 

The room was buzzing with anticipation of announcements about who will be appearing at the 2015 Taste of Chicago. Chefs and restaurants, bands and food trucks, tasty tidbits from the city’s ever-growing culinary scene were the subject of questions that got answered today.

Taste of Chicago 2015 Media Announcement
Taste of Chicago 2015 Media Announcement

 

Alpana Singh, master sommelier and proprietor of The Boarding House, where today’s announcements were made, gave a wonderful introduction to the Taste Celebrity Chef du Jour program and why the “Taste” as it is affectionately called ranks unique among the many culinary and cultural events offered in our food-loving nation.

Alpana Singh Master Sommelier and Proprietor of The Boarding House
Alpana Singh Master Sommelier and Proprietor of The Boarding House

 

Here is what she said:

Commissioner of the Chicago Department Cultural Affairs & Special Events Michelle Boone provided additional insights about the event and Mayor Rahm Emanual proudly proclaimed Chicago the new culinary capital of the U.S.

Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Michelle Boone and Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Michelle Boone and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

 

As for the announcements, there will be 60 culinary participants, including 19 newcomers. There will be five new food trucks and 8 new pop-ups participating as well. Some of the newbies sparked our excitement like Bruges Brothers, Burger Bar Chicago, The Crave Bar, DönerMen, Luke’s Lobster and Miller’s Pub.

We also had the opportunity for some tasty previews.

Preparing Burrata Watermelon Speck Salad
Tanya Baker, Executive Chef of the Boarding House, Preparing Burrata Watermelon Speck Salad

 

Tanya Baker, Chef of our host The Boarding House provided a delicious salad fresh for summertime featuring basil-infused watermelon, La Quercia Speck and, of course, DiStefano burrata cheese with a sprinkling of pistachio.

Tanya Baker of The Boarding House
Tanya Baker of The Boarding House

 

We also got to taste a sampling from new Taste participant Dia De Los Tamales, who featured delicious slow roasted pork with Cuban fricassee tamales or roasted pepper and goat cheese tamales with red pepper creme.

Dia De Los Tamales
Dia De Los Tamales

 

For the dessert lovers among us, and we know we are plentiful, a taste from new participant Puffs of Doom is one that you will undoubtedly have to wait in a long line for – but its worth it! These creamy puffs with lots of stuff are ridiculously rich and delicious. We were told that the samples we got were the minis!

Puffs of Doom
Puffs of Doom

 

We sampled the salted caramel chocolate and chocolate covered bacon puffs. Don’t miss this one when you head to the Taste!

Salted Caramel and Bacon Chocolate Puffs of Doom
Salted Caramel and Bacon Chocolate Puffs of Doom

 

Mayor Emanuel was enthusiastic as we talked with him about the progress made by Chicago in attracting the best and the brightest to the culinary scene and he generously told us his belief that the efforts of everyone in the community led to bringing the James Beard Awards to the city for a three-year stay.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel having a taste
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel having a taste

 

Hear his brief thoughts here:

There are plenty of exciting culinary experiences at the Taste, from the “Food For Thought” area, featuring lively discussions by culinary podcasts around the country to In the Kitchen with Mariano’s cooking demonstrations and the Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour. The variety of offerings spans the globe from Classic Chicago to Epicurean and World Tour tastes. We know we’ll be there to experience the world’s largest food festival and hope to see you there too!

THE QUICK BITE: 

What: The 35th Annual Taste of Chicago Food Festival
When: July 8-12, 2015
Where: Grant Park,  downtown Chicago
Why: Showcasing Chicago’s diverse culinary scene through food tastes, pop-up restaurants, food trucks and celebrity guests
How much: Admission is FREE, tickets for food & beverages an be purchased in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50. All vendors will offer signature items as well as popular “Taste Of” portions price at $2.50 or less, allowing guests to sample a variety of options.

For more information visit tasteofchicago.us

 

 

8 thoughts on “A Taste of the Taste of Chicago

  1. I forbid you to write another article until you send me a dozen Puffs of Doom.

    They look SO good.

    1. That seems reasonable Vanessa. P.S. They were! 😀

  2. That photo of the Salted Caramel and Bacon Chocolate Puffs of Doom did me in. I’m going to have to find something like that here today. Delicious!

  3. I want some of that watermelon speck salad! I agree, looks like a great event!

  4. I was just in Chicago in April. Loved the culinary culture of the city. As a matter of fact, we didn’t even sight see, we just ate! This looks like a great event!

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