Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet is one of my favorite foodie events of the entire year! It’s a chance to mingle with friends, celebrity chefs, and taste food from not only the hottest restaurants in Chicago but from several visiting global restaurants as well. I’ve been attending now for the past few years (see my post from 2014) and every year the weather turns out to be absolutely beautiful for this September affair. Amidst all the foodie fun I realized I had forgotten to take photos of most of what I ate during Chicago gourmet! I did manage to take photos of what really counted, my top 5 favorite bites of the day! Initially my day at Chicago gourmet began slowly as I was running solo without my number one taste tester in tow. I’m still adjusting to not having a partner by my side day in and day out! Luckily about an hour in, Seth of ChiCityFoodie arrived and I found another foodie friend, Allana of AllanaBytes and some of her coworkers. Writing this blog and attending these events is all about having fun and meeting new people and I’m lucky that the food blogger/Instagram community are a really nice and welcoming group.
The rest of my time at Chicago Gourmet was filled with lots of wine, outstanding food and friends! Below are some of my favorite things I ate that day. I’m a big sucker for anything seafood so three of my favorites were from the Supreme Lobster Tasting Pavilion, but almost everything I tried was creative and delicious. I’m always surprised how beautifully chefs can plate the food even while trying to satisfy the masses.
Old Town Pour House– Crab Fondue
Joe’s Stone Crab– Crab Roll
Signature Room– Salmon BLT
The Duck Inn– Duck Dog
La Storia– Butternut Squash Cappelletti
* I received a complimentary ticket in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.