LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design – a delicious recap of my experience at the International wine and food festival led by 50 Chicago Chefs.
What could be more fun than attending an event with the top 50 chefs in Chicago, access to more than 150 premium international wines and located in the most beautiful interior design showrooms around with the goal of raising money for three important Chicago charities? Not much, if you ask me!
The 10-year celebration of LuxeHome Chill, in partnership with LuxeHome and Wine Spectator Magazine took place this past week with an estimated 2,500 guests. Funds raised through the event went to The Lynn Sage Foundation, Saturday Pace and Respiratory Health Association. Since the event’s origination in 2007, nearly $1 million has been raised to support these organizations.
Throughout the 30 luxury home building and renovation boutiques that showcased gorgeous tiles, flooring, lighting, premium appliances, cabinetry, kitchen design and plumbing were Chicago’s most talked about restaurants and chefs. I have shared my experiences working with the LuxeHome boutiques as you can see here.
As you wandered the first floor of The Merchandise Mart, you encountered musicians strolling the vast building, “beertenders” riding a bicycle stopping to hand you a pilsner, mariachis energizing the crowd, and then you step in to the showrooms to learn about the collaboration between the wineries and menus each chef has prepared.
Now, while we were all excited to taste the dishes being shared with us, there was an added bonus which comes with attending this culinary and wine feast: the opportunity to mingle with the Chefs themselves!
LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food and Wine
The Florentine, Chef Zachery Walrath
Butternut squash risotto, honey crisp apple, sage. Note: this was offered with pork belly. As a non-meat eater, this chef has accommodated me every time I have had the opportunity to try one of his dishes. And EVERY dish has been outstanding without the meat. To me, this means that he has prepared a dish that stands alone. I love that! Thank you, Chef! The risotto was delicious with the bonus of the apples.
The Hampton Social, Chef Ivy Stark
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chef Justin Diglia
Latincity Food Hall & Lounge, Chef Marcos Flores
Marshall’s Landing, Chef Chef Michael Kornick
Tavern on Rush, Chef John Gatsos
Hubbard Inn, Chef Matt Wilde
Howell’s & Hood, Chef Brett Faldstein
Maple & Ash, Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai
Beatrix, Chef Yasmin Gutierrez
Firecakes Donuts, Chef Jonathon Fox
Flight Club, Chef Rick Gresh
There are 150 wines and spirits to try! Come to the 2018 LuxeHome Chill and try them for yourself along with the wealth of talented chefs preparing specialties in collaboration. Cheers to a successful evening introducing me to new restaurants, wines and supporting three important charities in Chicago. Until next year, LuxeHome Chill!