Lights, Camera, Napkin! Chicago Gourmet returns to Millennium Park in September

9/11/2019, noon | Updated on 9/11/2019, noon

Lights, Camera, Napkin! Chicago Gourmet returns to Millennium Park in September

Live from the red carpet! Title sponsor Bon Appétit, presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and founding sponsor Illinois Restaurant Association have announced the complete starring lineup for the 12th annual Chicago Gourmet, taking place in Millennium Park September 27-29, 2019. With a theme of Lights, Camera, Napkin!, this year’s larger-than-life festival shines a spotlight on the exciting connections between the culinary and entertainment worlds.

Since its 2008 inception, Chicago Gourmet has celebrated the city as a world-class epicurean destination, and this year is no exception. The A-list cast of celebrity chefs includes greats like Rick Bayless, Andrew Zimmern, Stephanie Izard, Joe Flamm, Tony Mantuano, Lorena Garcia, Art Smith, Jeff Mauro, Sarah Grueneberg, Jose Garces, Jamie Bissonnette, Diana Dávila, Jonathon Sawyer, Carrie Nahabedian, Kwame Onwuache, Masaharu Moritmoto and more – plus an impressive list of master sommeliers and leading spirits and beer experts.

In a program brimming with celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, interactive cooking demos, educational seminars, beverage tastings, book signings and food for miles, festival-goers should come hungry and ready to rub elbows with the stars they so often read about and see on the silver screen.

A sneak preview:

Food Sets the Stage

Chicago Gourmet provides an all-access pass to an array of culinary delights found in 14 tasting pavilions. From Hollywood to Bollywood – and everywhere in between – attendees can surrender their senses to global flavors beginning with Tasting Pavilions presented by Japan Information Center & Japan Airlines, Thai SELECT and U.S. Foods. Then, they’ll continue the feast with Chairman’s Reserve, Gordon Food Service, Mariano’s, S. Rosen’s, a division of Alpha Baking Co., Inc. and Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread Pavilions, with tasty dishes at every turn. The Big Green Egg, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co. and the Gardens of the Galaxy Veggie Pavilions add to the A-list credits. Not to be outdone, Sam Adams “Brewing the American Dream” Pavilion promises refreshing bites and sips, and the sweets at the Keeping up with the Konfections Dessert Pavilion will earn a standing O.

A Walk in the (Wine) Clouds

Wine seminars at Chicago Gourmet are among attendees’ most favorite attractions. This year, Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits) has imagined engaging wine seminars led by renowned experts including Hollywood & Wine: A Story in Every Glass, California! The King of Cabernet!, Ethnic Cuisines and the Wines they Love, Rosé: A Harmonious Affair and more. With this lineup, it’s no wonder Chicago Gourmet has landed on USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Annual Awards for Best Wine Festival!

Co-Starring Seminars

Head to the East Lawn for seminars and cocktail demos by star mixologists, including Daniel de Oliveira (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits) who, along with Stephen Halpin (Patrón Spirits Company) will present Saturday seminar, Crafted by You, Perfected by Patrón. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the versatility of tequila as it anchors a range of craft cocktails.