Don’t expect to leave Chicago fitting into the same pants after these food events.
Build A Base
Not all pigs are the same. Heritage pigs are a breed of pigs that can be traced back to before industrial farming. Cochon 555 is not only a culinary competition but a delicious opportunity to learn all about heritage hogs while dining on them. Five chefs cook 1,500 pounds of pork leaving no piece behind. All dishes are paired with wine, craft beer, and cocktails. In addition to the mouthwatering pork, drinks, and notable judges, guests will enjoy pop-up experiences every 20 minutes featuring ramen and rib-eye bars, a rum cart, dessert stations, and more.
Luckily there is no such thing as too much pork, so make sure to also visit Baconfest Chicago. The cured meat madness is back with over a hundred chefs creating delicious bacon concoctions that will include dishes like Iberico bacon and foie gras parfait, barbecue bacon meatballs, bourbon-glazed smoked pork shoulder tacos, and bacon churros.
Take a break from the pork and head to Green City Market. Yes, visiting farmer’s markets helps the struggling farmer but once you try a crepe, smoothie, fresh blueberries, and pasta at Green City Market you’ll realize the farmers are helping your struggling palate. The food sold here is so good that many of Chicago’s greatest chefs and restaurants get ingredients from the market. You might even catch one giving a cooking demonstration.
Take a Sip or Two
Take advantage of the warmer weather with a fresh brew at the Chicago Beer Classic. Held on Soldier Field, over 90 breweries will offer their craft brews while attendees enjoy live music, food, and more. Experience some of Chicago’s local breweries like Vice District Brewing Co., Half Acre Beer Company, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
If you’re more into cocktails then head to the Chicago Cocktail Social. Get a taste of some of the best drinks from Chicago’s best bartenders from The Violet Hour, Beacon Tavern, Punch House, The Vig, and much more.
To celebrate all the great food and drink make sure to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony where the country’s best chefs and restaurateurs will gather to see who will win the coveted medals. Medals and awards are fun for the recipients, but what we all want is delicious food. Nearly 100 restaurants will be taking part in James Beard Eats Week where they will have special menus or dishes inspired by James Beard, the iconic American chef that the awards are named after. Stay tuned to conciergepreferred.com for a list of participating restaurants.