OCTOBER 2017 – If you’ve heard one really positive thing about Chicago in the last five years is that our culinary scene has blown up in the best way possible (and let’s be honest, there’s so much more to celebrate in Chicago but that’s not what this post is about). In fact, earlier this year, Bon Appetit named Chicago the Restaurant City of the Year and gave nods to a number of restaurants. Chicago Gourmet just celebrated its 10th anniversary in a big way and food festivals and events happen all the time. Fulton Market continues its dominance as the hot dining destination with Logan Square nipping at its ankles. And don’t get us started on all the great independent spots and ethnic restaurants in neighborhoods all over the city. While we could go on and on about how much we love food in the city, wouldn’t it be better for you to get out and experience it? There are a number of food and beverage events and experiences happening in October. Here are some we think you need to check out.
What: This three-day event, now in its fourth year after being imported from Brooklyn, brings together chefs like Andrew Zimmern, Mindy Segal and Next’s Jenner Tomaska and other food-world luminaries for panel talks, demonstrations, cocktail parties, dinner parties and the final All-Star Cookout.
Where: Mainly at Revival Food Hall but satellite events take place at Fulton Market Kitchen, Palmer Square and elsewhere.
When: Oct. 6-8
Cost: Tickets range from $49 for some individual events to $299 for an all access
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What: Celebrate pizza and pasta as eight chefs — four American, four Italian — present their best carby-filled dishes, showcasing just how delicious these two food groups truly are. Masterclasses to teach pizza- and pasta-making will take place each day with a dine-around event on Saturday
Where: Eataly (43 E. Ohio)
When: Oct. 7-8
What: Whiskey enthusiasts get the chance to taste through some of the world’s best whiskies and can also opt to take an hour-long Masterclass before the three-hour general session.
Where: Union League Club (65 W. Jackson)
When: Oct. 12
Cost: $150 gets unlimited whiskey tastes and access to Masterclass pre-registration
What: Split into a trio of three-hour sessions, Wine Riot aims to help educate — through tastings, talks and more — the Millennial market (but honestly, anyone can attend) about all facets of wine including different regions, grape varietals, food pairing and more.
Where: Revel Fulton Market (1215 W. Fulton)
When: Oct. 13-14
Cost: Tickets cost $65 per session.