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Highlights from Chicago’s Premier Food and Wine Festival – Chicago Gourmet

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Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

Highlights from Chicago’s Premier Food and Wine Festival – Chicago Gourmet – We ate, we drank and we #RockedTheFork at this year’s culinary event.

 

Chicago’s Millennium Park was the place to be as we celebrated the 11th year of Chicago Gourmet. The theme of #RockTheFork had hundreds of chefs, master sommeliers, wine and spirit makers and others sharing their specialties.

Chicago Gourmet Opening Ceremony

Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

Music played a big role in entertaining the more than 14,000 attendees with sounds ranging from guitar to the Blues to Mariachi’s to rock (of course!). 

Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

This world class culinary festival started off with an opening ceremony led by Illinois Restaurant Association President and CEO, Sam Toia, Bon Appetit’s Editor In Chief Adam Rapoport, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Mike House, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with celebrity chefs Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Lorena Garcia, Bravo’s Top Chef, Joe Flamm and others. … Read more

Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition

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Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition – Eleven chefs from Hyatt hotels compete Iron Chef style for winner to attend global competition.

If you are a fan of Food Network shows Iron Chef or Chopped or Bravo’s Top Chef, you can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be for the chefs competing to win that coveted title. Their culinary knowledge and creativity are all tested in a fast paced environment. To say the kitchen is “hot” is an understatement!

In the spirit of these shows, I was invited for the second time to judge a chef competition for the Hyatt Corporation. In… Read more

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

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Grab your cowboy boots and hat and make your way to the Windy City Smokeout happening this weekend in Chicago. Gates just opened for the 5th year of this food and music fest with two stages filled with artists from around the country entertaining fans all weekend long. 

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

With over 25 country music bands playing throughout the three day festival

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

and 20 of the world’s best pitmasters sharing their BBQ creations, this is an event you just can’t miss. … Read more

2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends

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2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends – Summary of the unique finds from the trade show including vegetable chips and puffs, dark and white chocolate additions, protein packed snacks, spicy and sour treats and so much more.

When you go to a trade show where the name is the Sweets and Snacks Expo, how excited would you be? The opportunity to sample a vast assortment of candy and salty snacks from well-known and new brands is bound to make anyone happy. The catch is only those who work in the channels that support this industry are able to attend.… Read more

2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds

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2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds – Sharing trends found at the show in coffee, baking, design, kitchen gadgets, cookware and creative ideas.

The 2018 International Home and Housewares Show lived up to its annual extravaganza with more exhibitors and trends than ever. So many creative concepts from colors to innovations to technology infused to eco friendly! A big focus on coffee this year as well which couldn’t have excited this coffee lover more.  

Latte art from Nespresso. My self-portrait! See how it was done

2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds

Note the spatula wall from Tovolo which is what I wrote about in the About section on how Inspiring Kitchen came to be:

Coffee/Espresso

Espro makes the French press with two sets of filters to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your coffee. … Read more

6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience

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6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience – What to know when planning to attend the International Home and Housewares Show including where to stay for an easy commute and other valuable suggestions.

For housewares brands and fans, it’s all about those 4 days in March that we look forward to each year. The International Home and Housewares Show puts on a spectacular four-day extravaganza in Chicago with more than 2,200 vendors and 60,000 attendees. Held at McCormick Place, it is a vast assortment of new to global housewares brands, manufacturers, retailers, designers and media all looking to get the word out on the latest trends and perennial favorites.… Read more

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago

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James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago – A multi-course dinner prepared by JBF Award winning and local chefs hosted by the Four Seasons Chicago.

If you consider yourself a “foodie”, love dining out at restaurants with chefs that take their culinary talent to the next level with innovative dishes and an artistic or “eat with your eyes” presentation, then you will want to attend the next stop for the JBF Celebrity Chef Tour.James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago

Just what is JBF? The James Beard Foundation is an organization with the mission to “celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.”… Read more

Friends of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell

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Friends of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell – An evening of good food and wine and lots of laughter as Food Network Chef, Anne Burrell, entertains the Wine Club.

If you want to know what it means for a restaurant to have a very loyal customer base, ask Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. This restaurant, based in suburban Chicago, has 35 locations across the country. Cooper’s Hawk understands who it’s customers are, what they expect and then exceeds those expectations. 

Friends of Cooper's Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell

Started in 2005 by Tim McEnery with a mission to pair good food and wine in a comfortable and inviting environment, he has successfully built a business that welcomes all no matter your wine knowledge.… Read more