Chicago Gourmet 2013

The Bon Appetit Magazine's Chicago Gourmet 2013 was bigger and better than ever. Over 12,000 attendees during the foodie weekend marked the largest crowd since it began in 2008.  Chicago has come to be known as a fine culinary destination for many travelers so it's no surprise that this year's Chicago Gourmet was a huge success. 

Chef Hubert Keller 
Chef Hubert Keller with the Poshports Chief Ambassadors Diana Laskaris & Sue Reddel. 

One of the most important things to do when is attending a food fest of this magnitude is to pace yourself. There  is so much gorgeous food to tempt your taste buds that you will want to try everything. But that would be a difficult task indeed. There's also lots of wine and fancy cocktails enough to make your head swim if you're not careful. The Chicago Gourmet has also become a premier star-studded event,  a place to see and be seen. In attendance are famous chefs, television chefs, wanna-be chefs, luminaries from show business, sports, politics and everyone in between. Even the mayor of Chicago made appearances over the weekend. 

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Corn was a popular item this year at Chicago Gourmet. 

3 Michelin Star Chef Matsuo from Osaka Japan and Chef Takashi prepare smoked salmon.

Chicago Gourmet was also blessed with an unseasonably warm fall weekend this year to make the outdoor event in Millennium Park pleasant and easy to enjoy. Over 175 of Chicago's top chefs were on hand to dish out their unique culinary creations. With11 tasting pavilions, an increase from previous years, the lines were shorter and moved along pretty quickly, enabling attendees to sample even more of the goodies that were laid out before them.

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Just a sampling of the tastes at Chicago Gourmet. 

The tony Grand Cru event featured some of the finest wines in the world paired with outstanding bites from some of the world's best chefs. Global culinary stars were paired with some of Chicago best chefs to create delicious tastes to go along with the featured wines.

Graham Elliott 
Chef Graham Elliott preparing his mini foie gras and fig Grahamwich during the Grand Cru event. 

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Plenty of wines to taste and fantastic food pairings kept the crowd buzzing at the Grand Cru event.

Rahm Emmanuel
His Honor Mayor Rahm Emmanuel even stopped by for a sip.

The new Global Market provided a space for local producers to display and sell their offerings. The widely popular Chef Smackdowns, which took place onstage in the Global Market were a huge success. Fans could watch favorite chefs compete to make the best tacos, fried chicken, meatballs and more. Chicago Gourmet is a wonderful way to taste many of the great restaurants you may not have a chance to get to throughout the year. You also get to enjoy being outside, rubbing elbows with food celebs and Chicago foodies while attending some of the culinary and wine seminars taught by local chefs and sommeliers. Of course, there's no shortage of parties and other events to kick-off Chicago Gourmet. Whatever your culinary interest, there's plenty to take in and enjoy. 

If you're looking for a good time to visit Chicago, add the weekend of Chicago Gourmet to your schedule. Fall in Chicago is beautiful. While you're here be sure to make reservations at some of the world's finest restaurants, visit our world-class museums, do some shopping and take a stroll along the lake front. You'll have a great time in Chicago, mile after magnificent mile.