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The Future of Taste

2015 Schedule + Tickets

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7-10PM | Mother of Pearl Exclusive Dinner

Oysters and bubbly are the perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend. Enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a delectable multi-course sit-down with wine pairings dinner.

Location: Local Foods, 1427 W. Willow Street




All Conference events are held at Morgan's on Fulton
950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607

9:00AM - 6:00PM |Special Conference Events

Intelligentsia Coffee
Goose Island Beer
® Cereal Bar
Lifeway Kefir

PQM's Toast Bar
- Chevre (Cypress Grove) and plums with urfa peppers and pine nuts; on Publican Quality Bread Multigrain 1979
- Pimento cheese; on Publican Quality Bread Sesame Semolina
- Chicken liver pate with jam and pickled shallots; on Publican Quality Bread Ciabatta



9:30AM | Fresh Milled Grains, Warm Baked Bread and Hand Pulled Pasta

In-house grain programs and specialized bakers makers share their tips.

Moderator: Louisa Chu (WBEZ)

Panelists: Megan and Dave Miller (Baker Miller), Ellen King (Hewn Bread), Cameron Grant (Osteria Langhe)

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



10:00AM | The Evolution of Food Media in Chicago

Between online publications, podcasts and social media, the ways to cover Chicago's food scene has changed and evolved from daily publications and reviews. We speak with some of the city's best to learn how their world has changed.

Moderator:  Ji Suk Yi (Windy City Live)

Panelists: Amy Cavanaugh (Time Out Chicago), Ari Bendersky (Crains), Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7/ The Feed Podcast)

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgan's Penthouse)


10:00AM | The Intersection of Food & Craft 

From craft triple cream cheese and craft meatball sandwiches to custom furniture and hand hewn aprons, local purveyors and designers are collaborating with chefs to elevate the restaurant food and design in innovative and inspiring ways.

Moderator: Max Wastler (Basil Haydens/Made Right Here),

Panelists: Martin Kastner (Alinea), Brendan Sodikoff (Hogsalt Hospitality), Melissa Muoio (Levy Restaurants), Tim Tierney (Stock Mfg. Co.)

Location: The Squarespace Stage (Morgans Lower Level)


11:00AM | Saving Time in a Bottle: Preservation | Presented by Glass Is Life

Especially in the Midwest, fresh food has a short life. Experts on preservation, fermenting and pickling discuss the process, benefits and outcomes of these amazing processes.

Moderator: Monica Eng- (WBEZ)

Panelists: Paul Virant (Perennial Virant), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl LA), Abra Berens (Local Foods), Julie Smolyansky (Lifeway Kefir)

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



11:30AM | Waste Not: Whole Animal Butchery


Join some of the world's finest butchers as they share how they use everything.  Whole animal butchery.

Moderators: Megan O'Connell & Kari Underly of Muscalo Meat Academy

Panelists: Fergus Henderson (St. John's),  Rob Levitt (Butcher + Larder), Cosmo Goss (PQM), Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb and Boccalone) 

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgans Penthouse)


12:00PM | How to Run a Restaurant

Christine and Josh of Honey Butter Fried chicken have flipped the script on running a restaurant and they have a loyal staff to prove it. Hear a master-class in new restaurant business from the owners of Sunday Supper Club + HBFC.

Panelists: Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp (Sunday Supper Cub + HBFC)

Location: The Squarespace Stage (Morgans Lower Level)


12:15PM | Kellogg's® Cereal Bar Throwdown at Taste Talks Chicago

Join Chef Jessica Koslow, of The Sqirl in LA, Pastry Chef Matt Rice, of The Publican, and Kristina Mack, of Broken Tart, at 12:15pm on Saturday  for a one-of-a-kind Kellogg’s®  Cereal Bar Throwdown where the chefs will compete live to create the best cereal creations using secret ingredients.

Location: Morgan's Main Level



1PM | The Best of Between Bites

Between Bites, the popular storytelling series, comes to Taste Talks with some of their best stories

Panelists: Chandra Ram (Plate Magazine), Ina Pinkey (author of Taste Memories), Kevin Boehm (Boka Group)

Moderator:  Molly Each (Between Bites Co-Founder, Rabbit Hole Magazine Editor)

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



1PM | Departures in Food: Second Restaurants and Building a Restaurant Group

Chicago restaurateurs talk about the exciting and challenging aspects of opening new establishments.

Moderator: David Manilow (Check, Please!)

Panelists: Edward Kim (Ruxbin, Mott St.), John Ross and Phillip Walters (B. Hospitality Co.), Andy Gould (Scofflaw Group)

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgans Penthouse)


2PM | The Intersection of Food + Music  

Two masters in their respective industries come together to share their creative process in composing a dish and writing a song. 

Panelists: Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality Group) and John Stiratt (Wilco)

Location: The Squarespace Stage (Morgans Lower Level) 



2:30PM | Expediting a Cookbook 

Two of the country's most celebrated chefs share the process - from inception to publication - of bringing a cookbook to life.

Panelists: April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin) and Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat) 

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



 3PM  |The New Generation of Hotel Hospitality

Chicago's hotel scene is booming this year. Innovative hotel concepts are partnering with top-grade hospitality to create new spaces that defy "Hotel Restaurant" reputations.

Moderator: Amanda Puck (Mariano's)

Panelists: Elana Green (Land + Sea Department), Rick Gresh (Virgin Hotels)

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgans Penthouse)



3:30PM | In Defense of Sugar: The Future of Pastry in Chicago

Chicago's very finest pastry chefs share what they're working on and what sweets things to expect on dessert menus in the coming year.  

Panelists: Dana Cree (Blackbird), Leigh Omilinsky (Nico Osteria), Mindy Segal (Mindy's Hot Chocolate), Sandra Holl (Floriole)

Moderator: Tim Mazurek (Lottie + Doof) 

Location: The Squarespace Stage (Morgans Lower Level)



4PM | Cocktail Photography

Building a drink, styling the shot + capturing images of gorgeous drinks.

Moderator: Ellen Malloy (Morsel)

Panelists: Johanna Lowe (Food Stylist), Eden Laurin (Violet Hour), Paul Strabbing (Photographer) 

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



4:30PM | Unlocking the Secrets of Chicago's Specialty Bars

Chicago is seeing a surge of niche bars opening.  Listen to how these new establishments are changing Chicago's nightlife.

Panelists: Will Duncan (Punch House), Julia Momose (GreenRiver) Alex Bachman (Billy Sunday), Mike Miller (Delilah's and Bottom Lounge)

Moderator: Paul McGee (Lost Lake)

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgans Penthouse)


5PM | Foraging, Growing + Using Unique Techniques

The next step after the farm to table movement is restaurants to forage and grow their own food. These stellar panelists are spearheading this next wave. 

Panelists: Sara Gasbarra (Verdura), Illana Reagan (Elizabeth), Rodrick Markus (Rare Tea Cellar)

Moderator: Johnny Auer (Woodland Foods) 

Location: The Squarespace Stage (Morgans Lower Level)



5:30PM | Taste Like a Pro

Pedro Rusk is a  wine educator with Jackson Family Wines. His passion for storytelling and love of wine come out every time he pulls a cork. In this session, he'll be guiding attendees on how to taste and describe the following wines:

Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Gris
Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir
Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Hawkeye Cabernet Sauvignon

Location: The S. Pellegrino Stage (Morgans Penthouse)



5:30PM | Wines You Haven't Tasted 

Are you drinking Orange Wine, Rancio Wines, Fortified Wines? Maybe you should be. Learn and sample these wines and more.  

Panelists: Trevor Gulliver (St. John),  Steve Morgan (Formentos), Ryan Arnold (RPM)

Moderator: Belinda Chang (Maple & Ash)

Location: The Future of Taste Stage (2nd Floor)



6:15PM | Jackson Family Wines Happy Hour

Enjoy the end of the conference by having a glass of wine on the penthouse.  

Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc | La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris | Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir | Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

 Location: Morgans Penthouse


7PM | April Bloomfield's Pop Up Gastropub at Virgin Hotels Chicago

The chance to enjoy an intimate party among Taste Talks special guests - those just as smart, engaged and interested in food + drink exploration as you. Expect multiple hors d'oeuvre stations and drink pairings!

Location: Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601




12 NOON - 5PM | All-Star BBQ |Presented by Lifeway Foods

Celebrate a day of discovery and indulgence at Taste Talk's All-Star BBQ, a sampling feast that brings together world-renowned chefs making signature dishes at the beautiful Palmer Square. Expect to mix & mingle with Paul Kahan, Jessica Koslow, Fergus Henderson, Sarah Grueneberg, and Matthias Merges and many more cult-status chefs at 12 different grilling stations, while dining on their unique, delicious BBQ creations.

Location: Palmer Square



7PM-10PM | Closing Night Chef's Party

Join the all-star bbq chefs at the after party and closing party for Taste Talks 2015. More specialty drinks, more bites and off-duty chefs. Hello, fun. (Note: only available with a Kitchen Sink All-Access Pass)

Location: Morgan's on Fulton