Need even further proof that Taste Talks Chicago is going to be a can’t-miss event? How about all of the heavyweight industry insiders, who are travelling from far outside of the city, just so they can participate? Here’s the skinny on the six terrific chefs who’ll be making the pilgrimage to Chicago this weekend!
Marc Vetri (Vetri Family): The pride and joy of Philly’s restaurant scene, the prolific Vetri (Osteria, Alla Spina, Vetri Ristorante), will examine the Evolution of the Farm Dinner in City Dining during Taste Talks, and accompany curator Paul Kahan during the All-Star BBQ, to prepare smoked short ribs with spicy pickles.
Matty Matheson (Parts & Labor): Born in New Brunswick and raised in Ontario, this ragin’ Canadian went on to open the Toronto hotspot, Parts & Labor, and co-found the roving pop-up dinner party, called Group of 7 Chefs. Join him at Taste Talks for a screening of Keep It Canada presented by Munchies, where he dons cowboy duds and chows down on junk food at the rodeo, and during the All-Star BBQ, when he’ll dish up grilled goat with burnt cabbage kimchi.
Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy): New York City’s queen of green cuisine is pulling double duty at Taste Talks Chicago, participating in the panel The Greener Path: Food and Drink for a Plant Based Diet, and manning a grill alongside Mindy Segal and Theresa Suratt at the All-Star BBQ, for a tasty, inventive take on that campfire favorite, s’mores.
Jeni Britton Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams): Who better to headline the workshop, Free-Styling with Ice Cream Desserts than the reliably creative Bauer, founder of Ohio favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams? Her best-selling flavors extend way beyond vanilla, including saison with sunflower seeds and golden flax, Yazoo Sue with rosemary bar nuts, and sweet cream biscuits and peach jam.
John Jackson and Connie DeSousa (Charcut): Oh Canada! The team behind Calgary’s awesome Charcut Roast House will also be in attendance, strutting their stuff at the exciting All-Star BBQ. And don’t expect anything as pedestrian as burgers or chicken; instead, the talented pair will plate up juicy bison heart with hunks of Alberta pork kielbasa.
Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.