JULY 2017 – If you’re a fan of local and seasonal eats, there’s really no better place to be than at Green City Market on July 20. Hailed as one of the country’s best farmers markets, Green City, which is open in the south end of Lincoln Park every Wednesday and Saturday, pulls together the best of the best in local farmers, vendors and purveyors. And on July 20, all of that is celebrated at the annual Green City Market Chef BBQ, the organization’s annual fundraiser.
More than 100 restaurants and drink vendors will be on hand for the event, which draws hundreds of loyal foodies to taste the bounty found through the GCM vendors. Whether you get a general admission or VIP pass (which allows you early entry and access to a special area with additional food and drink options and premium bathrooms), you’ll get to taste an array of food by chefs from the likes of Cindy’s, Bad Hunter, Ada Street, Girl & The Goat, Maple & Ash, Smoque BBQ, Publican, Ruxbin, Eataly, Momotaro, El Che Bar, Spiaggia, Big Jones and so many more. For drinks, plenty of local brewers and distillers will be on hand, including Candid Wines, Breakthru Beverage, Crafthouse Cocktails, Half Acre, Moody Tongue, Virtue Cider, Koval and more.
While we don’t know what everyone else will have at their stations, we can tell you that chef Keith Potter and his team from Cindy’s will be preparing sweet corn elote with whipped summer butter, fresh lime, mayo and chicharron. We can tell you from years past to expect plenty of gorgeous fruit and vegetables paired with responsibly raised pork, lamb, beef and chicken dishes — not to mention plenty of seafood offerings. For whatever reason, the weather tends to be extreme at the GCM BBQ — some years it’s blazingly hot, others there’s a major downpour. Hopefully we’ll get picture perfect weather this year and, even if not, your belly will be full!