Mayor Plans Gourmet Taste of Chicago Spinoff

By Jenny Berg May 13, 2008, 5:29 PM EDT

According to The Chicago Tribune, Mayor Richard M. Daley will hold a press conference in Millennium Park on May 20 to announce the details of Chicago Gourmet. The three-day event, which will take place from September 26 to 28 (also in Millennium Park), is intended to showcase the city's nationally acclaimed chefs. Though official details won't be revealed until next week's conference, the Tribune article cites chef Rick Bayless (of Topolobampo) and “pastry wizard” Gale Gand as two of the participating chefs.

Chicago Gourmet, which is slated to include food and wine tastings along with cooking demos and dining happenings, will be the upscale answer to the Taste of Chicago festival. The latter event, held in Grant Park, comprises 64 booths and has represented a fair share of lowbrow eateries—including Dunkin' Donuts—in the past.

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