Oh boy! So excited! I love Chicago Gourmet. It’s not until fall… Sept 29th & 30th… but it’s never too early to start getting excited! Here’s the info I got:
Pre-sale tickets for the fifth annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2012 will be available beginning Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at http://www.chicagogourmet.org. For a limited time, and while supplies last, tickets will cost $99 per person, per day, or $185 per person for a weekend pass. With tickets regularly priced at $159 per day or $265 for a weekend pass, this offer reflects 38 percent savings on single day tickets and 30 percent savings on a weekend pass – the lowest at which guests will be able to purchase tickets to this year’s event.
Additionally, tickets to the hugely popular Grand Cru Tasting – which takes place from 2-4 p.m. each day of Chicago Gourmet and features the world’s finest wines and presentations with the nation’s top Master Sommeliers – will be available for purchase during early registration. Tickets are $175 per person, plus the cost of general admission.
The Hamburger Hop – a burger showdown between the city and nation’s top chefs – will take place on Friday, September 28 at the Harris Theater Rooftop. Tickets for that event are $89 per person and will go on sale at a later date.
The Hamburger Hop was one of my fave events last year… I highly recommend it, too!
In case you didn’t attend last year, here are a few pics to recap:
And the actual event:
Yup… It’s that kinda party.
New this year… pre-event dinners! All summer long… check out the first:
Newly added this year, the Chicago Gourmet Wine & Spirits Dinner Series showcases wine and spirits products and talent from Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois at Chicago Gourmet-participating restaurants in the months leading up to the event. The first event, Les Amis du Chef, is scheduled at Café des Architectes at the Sofitel Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut; Chicago, Ill.) on Thursday, June 7. The event will include a multi-course menu by Executive Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy, as well as special guests Dirk Flanigan (Henri/The Gage) and Justin White (Small Bar)- with wines paired by Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado (Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $90, all-inclusive. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.lesamisduchef.eventbrite.
This special wine dinner is the first of many to celebrate Chicago Gourmet season. Future event dates to be announced soon.