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Taste Talks Comes to Chicago

September 19 2014 - 9:00 AM


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Taste Talks, a three-day food symposium lands in Chicago October 3rd-5th for the first time. The food festival, which also runs in Brooklyn in September, is presented by restaurateur and media personality Mario Batali, and curated by Chicago’s own Chef Paul Kahan. The foodie fests brings “some of the world’s top luminaries in food-from writers to critics and chefs- to discuss analyze, and theorize about the future of taste”.

Highlights of the festival include the All-Star BBQ at Palmer Square where chefs from around the country will be working together to create unique BBQ dishes. The theme of the All-Star BBQ is “Grilling Big Things,” which chefs have the freedom to interpret however they’d like. Some of the world-renowned chefs participating in the BBQ include Toronto’s Matty Matheson, New York’s Amanda Cohen, and Chicago’s own Rick Bayless, Lee Wolen, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, and more. Guests can purchase tickets at one of two separate tasting sessions, 1-4pm or 5-8pm on Sunday, October 5th.

Other food-filled events include the “Mother of Pearl” dinner hosted at Kinmont Restaurant. The dinner features a perfect pairing, oysters and champagne, as well as a multi-course dinner paired with wines. Leading food startup Dinner Lab will also present a one-night-only pop-up dinner at an undisclosed location with Trencherman‘s Pat Sheerin.

In addition to food-filled events, Taste Talks Chicago will also present panels on the future of food, drink, and restaurants including, “Businesses that Last, Restaurants 10 Years Later,” a panel on restaurants with staying power moderated by Wailin Wong, editor of The Distance; “American Cider in the Midwest” moderated by Kate Bernot from RedEye Chicago; and “The Wildest Beers in Town” moderated by Michael Kiser from Good Beer Hunting.

Check out the full Taste Talks schedule and get your tickets before they’re sold out!