If you’re one of the fortunate folks with tickets to Chicago Gourmet, congratulations, because it’s all sold out now. If not, no worries, because the gourmet goodies go way beyond Millennium Park this weekend.
Satisfy your sweet tooth during the inaugural weekend in The Langham‘s Parlour at the Pavilion. That’s the London-focused hotel‘s sophisticated–and very adult-oriented–ice-cream sundae lounge. Choose from a number of spirit-infused creations such as The Aviator (made with gin, crème de violette, Luxardo Maraschino) or The Manhattan (bourbon, bourbon caramel ice cream). But the real, over-the-top treat is reserved for those who indulge in The Victoria. That’s a spectacular sundae of house-made Tahitian vanilla ice cream topped with–get ready for this–decadent chocolate ice cream, 24-carat gold leaf, caramelized golden peanuts, 24-carat gold dust, dark chocolate croquant, a hand-crafted chocolate crown, Hennessy VSOP, hot fudge, salted caramel, butterscotch, and whipped cream. It’s $1,000 (you read that correctly), served in a Wedgewood crystal bowl, and accompanied by a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon. You get to keep the bowl, which makes it a bargain on some level, or so you can tell yourself.
You’ll find yet another gourmet gem on the fall menu at The Dawson. Those not attending Chicago Gourmet‘s annual Hamburger Hop chef burger competition will have an opportunity to sample it on their own at the slick, neighborhood gastropub. The chef won’t reveal its ingredients, but we can tell you that for an extra $2 you can top it with a nice thick slice of house-made bacon.
Taco lovers will get one more chance to check out the pop-up taco bar at Kitsch’n on Roscoe. It’s been going on every Friday for the past couple of months at the Roscoe Village restaurant with different offerings each week. Diners will get to choose from such selections as pork belly; spinach, black bean and goat cheese; as well as “drunken” churros topped with tequila icing.
The creative force behind the wildly successful Bang Bang Pie Co. has moved on to open Baker Miller in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The owners’ bragging rights are that they’re “Chicago’s first-ever grain-centric sweet & savory bake-house.” We already know they make great pies, so we’re excited to see what else they will do well. They’re definitely doing something right because the shop has sold out every day in its first week.
OK. So if you still cannot get over that you’re missing out on Chicago Gourmet, all is not lost–if you can wait until next weekend. That’s when you can join in on all the festivities for the inaugural Taste Talks Chicago, taking place at a number of venues around town. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded food and drink enthusiasts and immerse yourself in a day of discussions, demos, secret dinners and an all-star BBQ (bring the kids). Headliners include the likes of Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) and Jeni Britton Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams).