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Meet Goose Island’s Greg Hall At Chicago Gourmet-A Celeration Of Food & Wine (A Little Beer, Too!)

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 20, 2008

Chicago Gourmet, September 26-28, 2008

I’ve been invited to attend the Chicago Gourmet Event at Millenium Park next weekend, September 26-28, 2008 and I’m passing along a link and some more info about what looks to be a great celebration of food and drink in Chicago. Despite what a lot of people envision (read: the West and East Coasts food critics and press), the Chicagoland area food and drink scenes are more than slices of Velveeta and Wonder Bread with quarts of Miller Lite poured into Mason Jars. The Chicago Gourmet event will be ready to prove this misconception wrong.

Just A Smattering Of Highlights

* Opening Friday Night Reception, held on the rooftop of the Harris Theater and featuring luxurious wines from Terlato Wines International and signature dishes from acclaimed international chefs from nine of Chicago’s sister cities

* Numerous tastings and seminars on Saturday, including a Grand Cru 50 of the finest wines in the world as selected by Master Sommeliers Frederick Dame, Chicago’s Alpana Singh, Joseph Spellman and Serafin Alvarado. During these exclusive 90-minute events on the Rooftop Terrace of the Harris Theater, the Master Sommeliers will be on hand to present and discuss their selections.

Another Saturday seminar will include Goose Island’s Greg Hall leading an hour devoted to Pairing Fine Cheese With Craft Beer (I can’t miss this) and numerous Wine Seminars.

* More Sunday seminars consisting of cooking demonstrations and more wine info, inluding WTTW’s Master Sommelier Alpana Singh working her way through New Zealand Pinot Noirs and much, much more.

If you’re a Chicagoland food groupie, chefs such as Rick Bayless from Frontra Grill/Topolobampo, Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuana, Paul Batolotta from BARTOLOTTA Ristornate di Mare and at least a dozen more celeb chefs and sommeliers will be there. Don’t forget to meet Bridget Albert, “Master Mixologist” for Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois and find out how you can add that illustrious title to your name too!

Event tickets and discounted packages can be purchased online at or call 866.840.8822.

A special online promotion of 10% off is available with the promotional code: CG2008TEN.  If you or your readers are interested in the latest in gourmet cooking and dining, this is the event to be at.

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