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Celebration of Food and Wine at Chicago Gourmet 2012

Chicago Gourmet 2012 is an annual  Celebration of Food and Wine sponsored by Bon Appetit. This highly-anticipated interactive culinary event is a weekend epicurean affair that showcases more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned wineries, spirit makers and premium breweries. It also features dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

WHEN: Chicago Gourmet 2012 will be hosted in Millennium Park, Sept 28-30, 2012

Tickets and More Information:  http://chicagogourmet.org/

Nomi chef
312 Chicago's Chef Luca Corazzina
312 Chicago’s Chef Luca Corazzina
Quartino Restaurant in Chicago
Quartino Restaurant’s Chef in Chicago

Chicago is an international culinary mecca for foodies. There are many rising stars like Jimmy Bannos Jr. , a third generation Chicago restaurant owner and Chef. Here’s a video of the 2011 Chicago Gourmet Festival http://youtu.be/LiB0O2Y_A_g

Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago

I love the Millennium Park venue that was dedicated by Mayor Richard Daley in July of 2004 as a gift to the people of Chicago. We take every opportunity to use this incredible facility!

Chicago Gourmet 2011
Chicago Gourmet 2011

The extraordinary event promotes Chicago’s impressive world-class food and wine community. Last year there was a Grand Cru Wine event at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

Chicago Gourmet 2011 Grand Cru Event
Chicago Gourmet 2011
Chicago Gourmet 2011

Forget about dieting during the weekend event or during the entire month of September. There will be 140 chefs participating in the three-day event with plenty of wine-tasting opportunities; as well as a “Dine Around” promotion.

Some of the restaurants in my “Rush Street” video  participate in “Chicago Gourmet“.

Gibson's Steakhouse on Rush Street
Gibson’s Steakhouse on Rush Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a short Video of some of my favorite restaurants on Rush Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

Some of the participating movers and shakers include Chicago’s culinary gurus, Chicago chefs, master sommeliers and extraordinary wine makers.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The Chicago Gourmet Event “aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent”.

Chicago Gourmet 2011
Chicago’s Michelin Chefs
Chicago Gourmet 2011

Dine around

The Bon Appétitand Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From Saturday, September 1, 2012 through Sunday, September 30, 2012, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012
Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Go get your special receipt folder and and start “Dining Around” today. Dine in 5 participating restaurants from the list below and save your receipts in the special folder. The folder has a list of all participating restaurants. Then redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet Ticket at the “Dine Around Redemption” Registration Booth on the day of the event.

This offer is not applicable to the Hamburger Hop. We started our Dine Around Journey at Gibson’s on Rush and ordered the Salmon and Filet. We love dining outside at this popular Rush Street Restaurant.

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson's on Rush in Chicago
Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson’s on Rush in Chicago
Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street
Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson’s on Rush Street

We also went to Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush and ordered the incredible antipasto platter with some linguini with clam and an order of ravioli with pesto sauce. I had a margarita that was out of this world. Then we had a bottle of Frog’s Leap wine. I am never disappointed at this restaurant!

Linguini at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Antipasto at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Ravioli at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Frog's Leap Cab at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Frog’s Leap Cab at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Excellent WIne List at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Excellent WIne List at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

2012 participating Dine Around restaurants:

Chicago Gourmet Map 2011

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Buon Appetito!

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...
English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Best Places to See The Chicago Air and Water Show 2012

English: Photograph looking North from the 94t...
English: Photograph looking North from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, IL. Photo taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Make plans to attend The Chicago Air & Water Show. There are some interesting places to watch the show at North Avenue Beach. Try the Castaways Bar and Grill or Sand Bar Beer Garden.

English: Chicago skyline at sunrise Deutsch: C...
 

1. Go to Belmont Harbor, Diversey Harbor, Oak Street beach or Navy Pier.

 

English: Navy Pier seen from the top of the Jo...
English: Navy Pier seen from the top of the John Hancock Building. Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Navy Pier as seen from the convergenc...
English: Navy Pier as seen from the convergence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Navy Pier Auditorium. Français : Le Navy Pier réalisé en 1914 sur les plans de Frost. 日本語: グランド・ボールルーム. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. You can get tickets for the Friends of Conservation Air & Water Show Yacht Party. VIP Tickets are $105 and includes express rooftop entry- BUY NOW! The Air & Water Show Yacht Party will benefit the Friends of Conservation Organization. Zonin Wine will be a hosting with plenty of tasty bites from PopChips and the Corner Bakery. Air & Water Show Yacht Party General Admission Tickets are $85.00 and includes a hosted bar and hors’ devours.

When: August 18, 2012 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Kanan Cruises Navy Pier 600 E Grand, Chicago, IL 60611

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

3. Or get tickets for one of the other Spectacular Chicago-area Boat Tours ASAP including:

http://www.seadogcruises.com/Chicago/home

http://www.cruisechicago.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com/Chicago/air-water-cruises-navypier

http://www.odysseycruises.com/Chicago/chicago-air-show-cruises

http://www.odysseycruises.com

http://www.spiritofchicago.com/Chicago/air-water-show-cruises

http://www.wendellaboats.com 4. Watch the action from the 94th floor of the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave. from the comfort of the John Hancock Observatory while enjoying a drink at the Lavazza Espression Café.

John Hancock Center Observatory
John Hancock Center Observatory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The John Hancock Observatory provides a 360° view of the city, up to four states and over 80 miles.

English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willi...
English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willis Tower in Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite Vino con Vista Spots is on the 95th floor at the Signature Room. When the building was completed in 1968 it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. “It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the sixth-tallest in the United States, after the Willis Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, the Trump Tower Chicago and the Aon Center.”

5. Check out the rooftop terrace at the J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln or the WET Deck at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel.

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Buildi...
The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building can be clearly seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your best bet is to hound one of your Chicago high-rise dwelling buddies with a Lake Michigan view to invite you over. Promise to bring plenty of champagne, wine and appetizers. That always works for me.

English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago -...
English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chicago from across Lake Michigan.
Chicago from across Lake Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Saturday, August 18th & Sunday, August 19th 10 am – 3 pm each

Flights come as close as 18 inches
Flights come as close as 18 inches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Chicago Air And Water Show is one of the largest free air shows in the United States. “The Chicago Air And Water Show is an annual event that began in 1959 and attracts over 2 Million aviation spectators every year. The annual event takes place over Chicago’s Lake Michigan and features various aviation acts raging from military aircraftto corporate sponsored aerobatic teams.

A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U...
A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton, Ohio (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flights and  supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - MAY 29:  U.S. Navy Blue Angels...
ANNAPOLIS, MD – MAY 29: U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy May 29, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta is the commencement speaker for the 1099 graduates of the class of 2012. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

My favorite part of the Chicago Air Show is the jets flying in formation.

The 54th annual show will take place above the and waterfront August 18-19, 2012 from 10am-3pm each day, with North Avenue Beach as the center point.  The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will “jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to the beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph before making a perfect landing.”

The weekend’s headliners include: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. “Daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts include Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle in the Oracle Challenger, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in their WWII North American Advanced Trainer, Lima Lima Flight Team in the BeechT-34 Mentor, The Firebirds in their Walter Extra 300 S and Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter.”

English: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aeria...
English: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team is the Air Force’s premier demonstration team. The Thunderbirds operate the Lockheed/Martin F-16 C model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a water-skiing and boat-jumping element to the annual event. You don’t have to be an aviation guru to enjoy the show. The Chicago lakefront offers plenty of fun events during this annual beach-front extravaganza.

United States Air Force ThunderBirds
United States Air Force ThunderBirds (Photo credit: AdolfGalland)

WHEN: August 18-19, 2012 in Chicago.

Chicago Air Show.com is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Armed Forces.
You can watch the show from the beach or attend a Yacht Party.
English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) - The U...
English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) – The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the “Blue Angels,” delta formation performs the loop break crossover maneuver over Lake Michigan during the Chicago Air and Water Show. The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
Air Show...
Air Show… (Photo credit: naathas)
View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears ...
View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears Tower. The tall, black building in the center of the image is the John Hancock Center, and Lake Michigan is in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago’s 8th Annual Windy City Wine Festival 2012

Chicago’s 8th annual Windy City Wine Festival 2012 is coming to Grant Park!
Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user...
Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2012  from 4-10 PM
Saturday, September 8, 2012 from  3-9 PM
WHERE: Buckingham Fountainin Grant Park

English: Buckingham Fountain
English: Buckingham Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Adult Wine Tasting Ticket $28 in advance or $35 at the door. “This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.”Designated Driver Ticket $10 in advance or at the door. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain At Night

Gaze at Chicago’s incredible horizontal evening cityscape and watch the light-show at Buckingham Fountain for an incredible “Vino con Vista” experience.

Watch this YouTube video of the Windy City Wine Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qiWMpieX8M

What could possibly be better than going to Grant Park in September at dusk and sipping wine from all over the world while listening to live music?

Chicago Skyline at night from Grant Park

Chicago’s 8th Annual Windy City Wine Festival is the place to be. The Windy City Wine Festival is held at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago.

Chicago WIndy City Wine Festival 2011
Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Chicago Restaurants

Taste some of the delightful wines including the Cabernet Reserva from Cass Winery and the Spanish Rioja.

Some of the other wineries include: Chicago based Cooper’s Hawk and  Lynfred Winery, Wollersheim Winery, Reggae Wines and Fess Parker.

Here’s a link to the full list of wineries for 2012:

http://www.windycitywinefestival.com/windycity_wine.html

Lynfred Winery at the Windy City Wine Festival

 

Reggae Wines at the Chicago Wine Festival 2011

Chicago Windy City Wine Festival 2011
French Wines at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011

Try the Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir. The festival features more than 270 wines from around the world with wine tasting seminars.

Foodies can flock to the food booths where local restaurants will offer their signature dishes. Last year I liked the Markethouse Restaurant’s very tasty pulled pork sandwich and cornbread. I also liked the steak sandwich at Sullivan’s Steakhouse and The Melting Pot’s fondue.

Sullivan’s Steak Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll-YUM!
Sullivan’s Steakhouse at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011
Kendall College at the WIndy City WIne Festival in Chicago 2011

Here’s the food line-up from the website:

Caoba Mexican   Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL   60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.com Fire it Up A premier mobile catering service, brings the restaurant to you! 630-984-5240           http://fireituptruck.com/
Markethouse   Restaurant 300 E. Ohio Street Chicago, IL   60611-3308 312-224-2200 www.markethousechicago.com Sullivan’s   Steakhouse 415 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-527-3510 www.sullivansteakhouse.com
The Melting   Pot 609 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-573-0011 www.meltingpot.com Weber Grill Restaurant 539 N. State Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-467-9696 www.webergrillrestaurant.com

Last year, Kendall College sent some of their future chefs to the event. There will be cooking demonstrations by top chefs and samples from gourmet food companies. Take time to stroll through the lovely gardens at Grant Park. Our city planners attempted to make Grant Park a “Paris on the Prarie”. This is a great “Vino con Vista” Venue!

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, September 7       4:00-10:00 pm

6:15-6:45 pm Eric Swanson,      Tenzing Sake Specialist

6:55-7:25 pm            Michelle Gerber, Banfi Vintners

7:45-9:45 pm LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT

Saturday, September 8 3:00-9:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT

5:15-5:50 pm “Barefoot  Sweet Wine Sangria Competition – Who Can Cool Down the Fall with the Best  Sangria?” JAMES BEGLEY, E & J GALLO
6:00-6:30 pm Eric Swanson, Tenzing Sake Specialist

6:45-8:45  pm LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT

Grant Park Garden in Chicago
Fountains in Grant Park in Chicago
Live Entertainment at Chicago’s Windy City WIne Festival 2011

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino.con.vista.com

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Chefs on the Grill Championship 2012 in Chicago at Millennium Park

For a great Vino con Vista opportunity, Foodies can watch 14 amazing Chicago Chefs compete on Wednesday, June 20th at Millennium Park. This 5th annual event will determine the “Chefs on the Grill Champion.” The event is hosted by The Plaza at Park Grill and the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Chicago.

Chefs on the Grill in Chicago 2012

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

WHERE: Park Grill in Millennium Park in Chicago

Tickets: ($75 in advance, $90 at the door)

The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square in M...
The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kickoff summer with the ultimate grill festival with live music from The Walk-ins. Vote for your favorite dish and drink to crown this year’s Chefs on the Grill Champion.

Chefs on the Grill in Chicago
Chefs on the Grill in Chicago

Before or after the Food Festival, stroll over and gaze at the Peristyle in Wrigley Square or visit the beautiful Lurie Garden in the Park. Lurie Garden is located at the southern end of Millennium Park. It was designed by Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf,and Robert Israel with plenty of beautiful perennials and ornamental grasses. It was named after Ann Lurie who donated a $10 million endowment. Then take a picture with your friends in front of the bean; “Cloudgate.”

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28:  People walk past the ...
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: People walk past the Cloud Gate sculpture aka 'The Bean' as One Prudential Plaza towers is seen over the north end of Millennium Park on March 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The building will house President Obamas campaign headquarters for the 2012 presidential race. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.lvino-con-vista.com

 

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illi...
Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (with Randolph Street skyscrapers in background) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour 2012

Wine Spectator Grand Tour

Wine Spectator will be hosting three Grand Tour events this spring in the following cities:

Wine Spectator
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1. Washington, D.C. on April 37, 2012 at the Ronald Regan Building located at 1300 Pennsylvannia Ave. from 7-10 p.m.

2. New York City on May 1, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis located at 1535 Broadway from 7-10 p.m.

Follies @ Marquis Theatre on Broadway

3. Las Vegas on May 5, 2012 at The Mirage Hotel located at 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard from 7-10 p.m.

The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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