I shared an Uber ride to Chicago Gourmet 2016. The rider I was matched with turned out to be a smartly dressed and well manicured woman in black sunglasses the size of saucers. As we sat together making small talk, she asked me where I was headed that Saturday morning. When I told her I was on my way to Chicago Gourmet 2016, she pulled off her shades. I could see her eyes well up with tears. Turned out Chicago Gourmet was her late husband's favorite event every year. In an ever shrinking world that is Chicago, it turned out I knew her husband, the owner of legendary Redhead Piano Bar, Art Bryan. Art passed away last April, she told me. Then she pulled out his picture. Would I mind taking him with me to the festival? Would that be crazy? Crazy, maybe, but I didn't mind. So, I tucked Art into my purse, and away we went.
Bon Appétit's Chicago Gourmet takes place every September in Millennium Park in the heart of Chicago.
The Local Tourist's press access courtesy of Isabelli Media Relations.
All photos by Gourmet Rambler.
In memory of Art Bryan (1960-2016).