Taste Talks Returns with a Stellar Lineup of Chicago Chefs

Chicago is obsessed with great chefs who create tasty cuisine. Our culinary currency is the gold standard, and one of the richest events in the city is Taste Talks. Showcasing top chefs, and curated by one of the best, this event is a weekend-long celebration of delicious dining and drinking.

Jason Hammel is the curator for Taste Talks Chicago 2016, and he’s secured an impressive lineup of tastemakers. Stephanie Izard, Charlie McKenna, Abe Conlon, Sarah J. Gruenebert, Tony Mantuano, Iliana Regan, and Jason Vincent are all participating in the festivities.

“Taste Talks is all about bringing together the best names in food and culture, and this year we’re celebrating the Midwest’s vibrant culinary roots, music scene, artists and more at the festival…It’s going to be an amazing weekend,” noted Taste Talks Festival Director Will Levitt. 

The weekend begins with an exclusive party featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. Only available to chefs, speakers, and VIP guests, you can attend if you get the Kitchen Sink Pass. At $495, this gets you into every single event over the three days of the fest.

Saturday opens with a brunch at Morgan’s on Fulton, followed by the Taste Talks Conference. This is a full day of talks and tastings, including:

  • The Forgotten History of Chicago Restaurants
  • Adventures of Fat Rice: A Macanese Demo
  • Chefs and Consumer Products: How They Bring Their Kitchen Home
  • The Story and Emotion of Ingredients, with Paul Liebrandt

The day finishes with the Mother of Pearl dinner. The location for this oyster-themed dinner is yet to be announced, but RM Champagne Bar, David and Anna Posey (Elske), and Jason Vincent (GIANT) are cohosting. 

Sunday Palmer Square Park in Logan Square hosts the All-Star BBQ. Chicago’s most exciting chefs and restaurants will collaborate with entertainers and musicians on tasty BBQ creations, including Chris Pandel (Swift & Sons), Jason Hammel (Lula Café), Jared Van Camp (Leghorn Chicken), Charlie McKenna (Lillie Q’s, Dixie), and Rachel Dow (The Betty).

The weekend closes with another exclusive event, the Chef Party. Unless you’re a chef, the only way to get into this is with the Kitchen Sink Pass.

If you’re a foodie, this event weekend is not to be missed. You can find out more and get tickets here.

This post is sponsored by Taste Talks.






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