LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design

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  • November 13, 2017

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!

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design logo

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. 
LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design mariachisNow, 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, Wine and Kitchen Design joes seafood chefs

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food and Wine

I know you are so curious about what was served at this year’s LuxeHome Chill, so here’s a small window of the deliciousness:LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design mollys cupcakes

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.LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design the florentine risotto

The Hampton Social, Chef Ivy Stark

Lobster rollsLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design the hampton social lobster roll

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chef Justin Diglia

Ahi tuna tartare cones: Ahi tuna, avocado puree, togarashi, sesame dressingLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design joes seafood tuna

Latincity Food Hall & Lounge, Chef Marcos Flores

Coctel e Camarones: poached shrimp, housemade cocktail sauce, cucumber, tomato and red onionLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design latincity shrimp

Marshall’s Landing, Chef Chef Michael Kornick

Blue crab Mac & CheeseLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design marshalls landing blue crab mac and cheese

Tavern on Rush, Chef John Gatsos

Jumbo gulf shrimp with fresh tomato, feta cheese, dill, extra virgin olive oil and sautéed and served on a croutonLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design tavern on rush shrimp

Hubbard Inn, Chef Matt Wilde

Lobster rolls: Maine lobster salad, red onion, celery, lettuce, aioli, New England hot dog bunLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design hubbard inn lobster roll

Howell’s & Hood, Chef Brett Faldstein

Tongue Twister: pressed watermelon, whipped burrata, spiced orange, sour apple and matcha. Pretty and delicious.LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design howells and hood watermelon

Maple & Ash, Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai

Coconut cream pie: coconut custard and rum ChantillyLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design maple and ash coconut pie

Beatrix, Chef Yasmin Gutierrez

Oh My! Caramel Pie: shortbread cookie crust with caramel filling and a vanilla bean whipped creamLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design beatrix caramel pie

Firecakes Donuts, Chef Jonathon Fox

Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Sprinkle Donut and Chocolate Buttermilk Old FashionedLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design firecakes donuts

Flight Club, Chef Rick Gresh

Cotton Candy: not the cotton candy from your childhood. Key Lime; LemongrassLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design flight cotton candyWines:

Grgich Hills Estate ChardonnayLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design grgich hills wine

Josh Cellars Sauvignon BlancLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design josh cellars sauvignon blanc

Josh Cellars ChardonnayLuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design josh cellars chardonnay

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! 

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