Monday, February 8, 2016

From the inbox: Valentine Dining at Lake Point Tower

My inbox is bursting with information on special menus, romantic settings and special deals for Valentine's Day. So, I'll share a few this week for those of you still mulling over how to spend the holiday. Here's one for those who want to go big and indulge in dinner at one of the classiest places with one of the nicest views in the city.

Cité Fine Dining, at the Top of Lake Point Tower, is the Ultimate Valentine’s Gift

Cité Fine Dining brings the best of the world to its guests by inviting them to indulge their valentine with a world-class Valentine’s Day dining occasion complete with the opportunity to dine among celebrity guests, unrivaled fine dining, renowned entertainment and romantic décor all encompassed in a luxuriously appointed dining room featuring the top city views from across the globe.

As an extraordinary delight, Cité’s owner and Former First Lady of New York State Evangeline will dine among the stars—both those in the sky as well as an array of admired personalities. Celebrities that have dined at Cité include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Gina Lollobrigida, Carolina Herrera, Tom Selleck, Dolly Parton, Zubin Mehta, Ted Kennedy and even royalty including German Princess Elisabeth of Ysenburg and Büdingen among other notables. Every table will be gracefully adorned with Evangeline’s signature rose petals and candlelight adding that je ne sais quoi to the evening.

Three-time James Beard nominee chef Martial Noguier, Culinary Director, and distinguished Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas of Cité will create a spectacular seasonal five-course Valentine’s Day dining experience. The fare and fine wines paired with the unsurpassed beauty from the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower with 360-degree panoramic views of Chicago and neighboring states will set the mood for a romance-inducing Valentine’s Day occasion.

Cité Fine Dining’s Valentine’s Menu is intended to enhance feelings of passion through aphrodisiac ingredients such as oysters, black pepper and chocolate. In the spirit of coupling, both the Chateaubriand and Belgium Chocolate Fondue are meant for sharing. The Mignardises are intended to enjoy at home as a remembrance of the enchanting evening spent floating and romancing in the sky while watching the magic of Chicago below your feet.

To further mark the special occasion, Cité will offer live music by coveted pianist Dean Rolando on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14. Dean has served as a regular in elite local venues and is the Associate Musical Director for The City Lights Orchestra, which is one of the most highly sought-after event orchestras known throughout the United States. He has had backed up and worked with Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Diane Schurr, The Manhattan Transfer along with the Cast of The Lion King and Beauty And The Beast.

During the entire month of February, Cité’s Valentine’s Menu will be available as it is one to truly be enjoyed. Vegetarian and vegan choices are always available to appeal to an array of guest preferences.


Guests may select one dish from each course


Kumamoto Oysters & Pearls

American Sturgeon Caviar | Cucumber Mignonette


Diver Sea Scallops

Jerusalem Artichoke Purée | Baby Cress Salad | White Truffle Aioli | Parmesan Shaving

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Amarena Cherries | Confit of Red Cabbage | Age Balsamic Reduction | Brioche

Prime Steak Tartare

Egg Yolk Custard | Capers Berry | Homemade Potato Chips

Millefeuille of Red & Yellow Beets (Vegetarian)

Mâche Salad | Tangerine Orange | Capriole Goat Cheese


Cauliflower Velouté (Vegetarian)

Lump Crab Meat | Brown Butter | Pomegranate Seeds

Belgium Endive & Radicchio Salad (Vegetarian)

Port Wine Poached Pear | Maytag Blue Cheese with Toasted Hazelnuts Cherry Vinaigrette


Chateaubriand for Two

Country Mustard Pomme Purée | Baby Rainbow Carrot | Béarnaise Sauce

Filet Mignon Au Poivre Vert

Bourgogne Black Truffle | Brussels Sprouts | Smoked Bacon | Cognac Sauce

Pan Seared Faroe Island Salmon

Leek Fondue | Porcini Mushrooms | Champagne Reduction

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Mushroom Duxelle | Winter Mushrooms | Tomme de Brebis Shaving

Arborio Risotto (Vegetarian)

Bourgogne Black Truffle | Parmesan Shaving | White Truffle oil


Belgium Chocolate Fondue for Two

Tangerine Supreme | Banana Bread | Marshmallow | Pineapple | Kiwi

Chocolate Macchiato

Chocolate Cake | Caramel Mousse | Espresso Ice Cream

Crème Brûlée

Tahitian Vanilla Bean | Clementine Grand Marnier Salad


Chocolate Truffle | Cacao Powder

To cap off a truly exquisite experience, guests may additionally opt for the Louis XIII Cognac served with imported Belgium chocolate on a silver plate. This traditionally Swiss custom is available at Cité. Also by request is the always eye-catching Tableside Flaming Bananas Foster that is sure to light a spark between you and your date!


Cité Fine Dining
Cité, meaning “city” in French, soars as the “Crown Jewel of Chicago” serving seasonal fine dining cuisine in a luxuriously appointed dining room on the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower with extraordinary 360-degree panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and neighboring states. Acclaimed chef Martial Noguier, Culinary Director, oversees the epicurean aspect of the internationally renowned restaurant working in partnership with notable Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas. The chefs’ artistically presented and lavish dishes shine among the distinguished 24-karat gold-gilded ceiling coves and rare African Tigerwood in the cocktail lounge bar.

With an owner as worldly and as stunning as the view, Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas, the real estate legend and corporate executive brings an air of sophistication and elegance all of her own as the Former First Lady of New York State, philanthropist, teacher and lecturer to ensure the cuisine and experience are unsurpassed.

Located just east of the Magnificent Mile, Cité is situated in the Streeterville neighborhood. The restaurant is open for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. Reservations are available through OpenTable. For more information about Cité, please call (312) 644-4050 or visit

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pulled pork sandwiches

One of the easiest meals I make for my family is pulled pork sandwiches. I know a lot of people use pork shoulder or a pork roast, but I prefer a lean pork tenderloin. I usually get a cracked pepper or garlic and herb flavor. 

1 black peppercorn pork tenderloin (about one pound)
1/2 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce
8 hamburger buns

Place the tenderloin in a crock pot and put a small amount of water on the bottom of the crock pot, just enough to cover the bottom. Cover the tenderloin with about half of a bottle of sauce. Put on "high" setting for about 4 hours. Because it's such a lean cut, it shouldn't need to be drained. You can shred it right in the crock pot for serving and keeping warm. If it doesn't shred easily after four hours, add another hour or so or move to slow for a couple additional hours. Serve on hamburger buns with additional barbecue sauce.

Great ways to spend Valentine's day in Chicagoland

Time is running out for making plans for Valentine's Day. It's just a week away! Still unsure about where to take that special someone? Here's a round-up of some unique spots in and around Chicago. Here's to a fun, romantic day spent with that special someone.

Medieval Times in Schaumburg has a Valentine's Couple Package for $110, which includes admission for two, four course dinner, cheering flags, photo in a souvenir frame, souvenir glasses of champagne. Use promo code VDAYWEB16 for this offer. Or you can get basic admission and dinner tickets for $36.95 and kids for $29.95 with the promo code JFWB16 through February 29.

Fogo de Chao has a new location in Naperville, in addition to the Chicago and Rosemont locations, and if you dine Valentine's Day weekend, you'll receive a dining card for a complimentary lunch or dinner on your next visit (dinner pricing applies all day on Sunday, Feb. 14.) Fogo de Chao offers a fun experience with an abundant meal of unlimited fire-roasted meats along accompanied by traditional Brazilian sides, a gourmet Market Table with fresh seasonal salads and decadent desserts. Visit for locations, pricing and more.

Just named one of the 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in the WORLD by The Culture TripGeja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, is planning the most romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in its 50 year history.  For nine days, from Sunday, February 7th through Monday, February 15th, the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature sparkling champagne, Celebration of Marriage Night, live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine. For information on the Valentine’s Day celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s online at       

At Devon Seafood Grill in Chicago, you can enjoy a special dinner during Valentine's weekend of 1 lb. lobster tail, 8 ox. filet oscar or 6oz. filet, 8 ox. lobster tail with two seasonal sides for $55.

Taste on Chestnut will be featuring a special Valentine's Day menu February 12th and 13th, offering guests the choice of 4-course ($60), 3-course ($50), and á la carte options. Among the options are Seed Crusted Ahi Tuna with Pickled Japanese Eggplant and Wasabi Soy; Braised Ox Tail Gnocchi with Truffle Cream, Shaved Pecorino and a Ciabatta Crisp; Baby Kale Caesar with Air Dried Tomato, Anchovies and Sea Salt Crouton; Market Salad with Organic Greens, Shaved Carrots, Edamame, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomato, Grilled Halloumi Cheese; Beet Tartare Salad with Blood Orange Essence Micro Salad, Fennel Vinaigrette and Spiced Walnuts; Lobster Bisque with Truffle Corn Mousse and Bacon Crisp; or Roasted Kabocha Squash Bisque with Apple Flan and Spiced Pipits, Lemon Herb Roasted Amish Chicken with Garlic Potato Wedges, Green Beans and Pan Jus; Pan Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Saffron Cauliflower Puree, Asparagus and Black Olive Oil; Holland Dover Sole with Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, Balsamic Wilted Spinach and Buerre Blanc; Achiote Rubbed Pork Chop with Chorizo Fork Mashed and Fire Roasted Vegetables in Chile Negro Jus; Fillet with Parmesan Risotto, Mushroom Fondue and Foie Gras Mousse; or Rosemary Lamb Chops with Butter Poached Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Merlot Roasted Shallot Reduction.

Finish off your romantic meal with a decadent Valentine’s Strawberry Heart for Two with Vanilla Genoise, Vanilla Bean Custard and Fresh Strawberries or Delicate Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Infusion and Dark Chocolate Mousse.

With its recent venue update, Taste on Chestnut offers guests the choice of dining in the vibrant Chestnut Room with its new community table and bar, the warm and intimate Fireplace Room, or the bright and open-air kitchen Savory Room. To reserve a table for February 12th or 13th, please call 847-441-0134 or go online to

Spend Valentine’s Day at Lincoln Park’s newest dining destination, slick, contemporary restaurant The Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria, 1419 W. Fullerton.  Featuring a 16 ft. overhead garage door that opens up the front of the space, the restaurant has an airy and inviting feel, imparting a sense of casual comfort and ease right away, perfect for a relaxed Valentine’s Day dinner. Upholstered booth seating and exposed brick walls give the space a dynamic feeling. The Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria presents a unique list of specialty 12 inch personal pizzas pies meant to dazzle even the most seasoned Chicago pizza aficionado, as well as salads, sandwiches and appetizers using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Guests may enjoy red pizzas, white pizzas, or even build their own. For more information, visit or call 773.661.6454.

Looking for something a little unusual? Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, located on Purdue University Calumet's Hammond campus is offering a "Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon" on February 13. As a pair, you'll work through a space simulation together and enjoy a laser light show. There will also be chocolate and a floral gift. Tickets are $50 per couple.

Chef Graham Elliot will offer a five-course, heart-themed menu for Valentine’s Day at Graham Elliot Bistro (841 W. Randolph St.) Dishes include Artichoke Heart, with pickled pear, black truffle and crème fraiche; Beef Heart, with barely risotto, shaved fennel and housemade ricotta; and Coconut Heart, with coconut caramel, toasted coquito and chocolate ganache. The cost of the menu is $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and will be offered Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Reservations are required and may be made by visiting

For pizza lovers, you can say "I love you" than with a delicious, heart-shaped pizza at Heart Shaped Pizza 300Bacino's in Lincoln Park as well as locations at 75 E. Wacker Dr. in Chicago and 36 South LaGrange Road in Downtown LaGrange.  

You can also ship one to that special someone! Bacino's renowned stuffed pizzas are available for shipping. Orders must be received no later than February 10 for arrival on February 12. Medium (serves 2-3) and Large (serves 3-4) sizes are available for shipping. Prices are based on the regular menu price plus shipping and handling. Pricing for medium stuffed pizzas begin at $19.95; large at $24.95. Call 312-263-2350 to order. $3.50 for local delivery; shipping costs vary.

If you're looking for a more gourmet experience, both Bella Bacinos locations are featuring a special Valentine's menu all weekend-Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 12, 13, and 14, including Sunday brunch. Paired with Bella Bacinos' extraordinary, award-winning wine list, it will set the stage for an unforgettable, romantic meal. The LaGrange location is featuring live music by guitarist Anselmo Marquez, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, February 12. 
End the evening on a sweet note with one of Bacinos' house-made desserts. Indulge in house made Tiramisu, an Italian classic, or the Flourless Chocolate Cake, featuring imported Valrhona dark chocolate, and pair it with a delicious sparkling dessert wine.

Avli Estiatorio (566 Chestnut St.), Winnetka and Chicagoland’s premier Greek dining destination, will offer a romantic, four-course prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day. Love birds will choose an appetizer of either the signature Aginares Skaras, grilled artichokes with capers, lemon zest and olive oil or the Avli Flatbread with Greek cheeses, onions, olives, tomatoes and basil. The salad course offers the option of the classic Greek Salad, with tomatoes, Greek feta, cucumbers, red onions, green peppers, Kalamata olives, Greek oregano and housemade dressing or Diane’s Salad, with arugula, manouri cheese, pear, walnuts, balsamic vinegar and Greek honey dressing. Entrée options include the Salmon, baked in parchment paper with fennel, leeks and ouzo or the Beef Kabob with chargrilled beef tenderloin, herbs, spices and lemon-oregano rice. Guests will then be able to nibble on a sampling of signature desserts. The dinner menu will be offered from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February, 14. Cost per person is $37 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes a glass of Champagne or select wine. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 847.446.9300.

Located directly on the Magnificent Mile and inside of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 N Michigan Ave.), Harvest Restaurant boasts a contemporary spin on classic American fare. On Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Myk Banas will offer a reasonably priced, three-course prix fixe menu for two. Options include the Endive Caesar, with anchovy-caper dressing, Grana cheese, egg yolk and garlic breadcrumbs; Crispy Grit Cakes, with aioli, prosciutto and pickled jalapeno; Pan Roasted Wisconsin Char, with vegetable ragout, smoked shrimp broth and roe; and the Chocolate Raspberry Bomb, with chocolate mousse, chocolate cake and berries. Cost per couple is just $80, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Patrons have the option of adding a bottle of select wine for $19. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.836.6334.

The Chocolate Sanctuary, is offering some Valentine's Day treats that include a Surf and Turf ($42) - 6 oz filet and lobster tail served with creamed spinach, garlic roasted Yukon Gold potatoes; crab and lobster ravioli amuse, a baked spicy crab mac & cheese and a dessert for Valentine's made for two. Guests will also receive a complimentary truffles box! Chocolate Sanctuary is located at 5101 Washington St in Gurnee, 224.944.0808.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stephano's burgers

At this neighborhood pizzeria, they've added a lot of things to their menu. Besides traditional pizza pies, Stephano's in Lansing has everything from pastas to chicken wings to rib tips to chicken pitas, patty melts, beef sandwiches and more.

One of my boys stops there often for a burger and I thought it was time I tried one out. The Mushroom Swiss burger was really good. I love that the bun is toasted - that makes a world of difference. I ordered with everything and it was one of those deliciously messy burgers that leave you with juice running down your arms.

Kudos to Stephano's on a great burger.

Follow them on Facebook for specials.

Stephano's Pizzeria
3155 191st Street
Lansing, IL
(708) 895-6611

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Godiva offers delicious line of Valentine's products's the time of year when it's customary to treat your sweetie to a little something special - or your mom or friend of sis or co-worker. Chocolate is almost always a winning way to a woman's heart. And among the most delicious chocolates out there  to show your adoration are Godiva Chocolates. 

With some chic and adorable packaging, they have a nice variety of items to let the special person know they're loved - month them the keepsake heart tin, Valentine's Day Mini Chocolate Heart Box, Milk and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Sweet Hearts Gift Tower, Cherry Cordials,  and 2016 Limited Edition Bear by GUND.

Find the list of Valentine’s Day Offerings online HERE!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Lunch at Applebee's

Although it's a chain, Applebee's kinda has that neighborhood pub kind of feel. I love the local artwork that adorns the walls and I love that whether I want an appetizer and a cocktail, a light salad or a hearty meal of comfort food, I know I can get it here and it will be good and I'll get it pretty quickly, making it a nice spot for lunch. You can even order online or by phone and pull into a designated "Curbside to Go" pick-up spot for an even speedier meal. For more info, menu and locations, visit

Thursday, January 28, 2016

From the inbox: 2016 Baconfest restaurant roster

Here's a share from the inbox this week. Baconfest is one Chicago foodie event that I have not yet attended, but hope to get to this year. I love me some BACON! Who doesn't? Take a peek at who will be participating this year!

Baconfest Chicago Releases 2016 Roster 
150+ Restaurants Headlining
Tickets On Sale Monday, Feb 22, 2016 @Noon -- Expected to Sellout
January 26, 2016 (Chicago, IL) - Baconfest Chicago (the first, the original, the nationally renowned festival dedicated to bacon) announces ticket on sale date, their restaurant roster featuring over 150 restaurants as well as additional schedule details for the eighth annual edition of the fest.  This year the roster includes nearly 40 first-time participants, from Food Network stars to veteran Chicago chefs. 

Baconfest is a cut above, highlighting award-winning restaurants Slurping Turtle, Table Donkey Stick, Spaccanapoli, Untitled, nana, Duck Inn, and The Dawson from the 2016 Bib Gourmand List, along with Michelin-Star recipients Carlos Gaytan and Takashi Hagihashi, James Beard nominee Paul Virant, and Sandra Holl from Floriole, winner of the Banchet Award Pastry Chef of the Year.


General Admission Tickets will go on sale at Noon on Monday, February 22, 2016 and are expected to sell out quickly.  Bacon-lovers can choose from three exhibition sessions: Lunch and Dinner on Saturday April 30 as well as Sunday Brunch on May 1.  General Admission tickets cost $100; VIP tickets are $200 allowing ticketholders access to the Cooking Channel VIP Hour and general admission period for the session selected.  

All tickets will be available online at Ticket-holders receive unlimited dishes from the chefs,  seven drink tickets (redeemable for beer, wine and cocktails from Baconfest's beverage partners), a Baconfest tote bag and a souvenir program guide. 


2016 Baconfest Chicago Restaurant Roster featuring Baconfest vets, Golden Rasher Award Winners (the Oscars of the bacon world), and new restaurants. 17178735166_55f7ffa0c0_m.jpg

"I think we get just as excited as our fans do to see which restaurants sign up every year.  As foodies, we love the diversity. As bacon geeks we love the creativity.  As the founders of Baconfest, we're so humbled that so many great chefs and restaurants want to celebrate the undying virtues of America's most delicious food," said Baconfest co-founder Seth Zurer.

312 CHICAGO -  Luca Corazzina
676 RESTAURANT AND BAR  - Anthony Herve    (2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
694 WINE & SPIRITS  - Chris Dunstatter
ATWOOD  - Brian Millman ( 6th year participating in Baconfest)
BACARO  - Drew Starkey
BACON HILL KITCHEN + PUB  - Zachary Lucchese (1st year participating in Baconfest)
BAKIN' & EGGS  - Bob and Gina Hartwig
BALLARO  - Mark Newman (1st year participating in Baconfest)
BANG BANG PIE SHOP  - Patrick Cloud (2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
BANG CHOP  - Matt Riordan
BARN & COMPANY  - Gary Wiviott
BITE CAFE  - Todd Decker
BLACK DOG GELATO  - Jessica Oloroso
BourBonQue  - Kevin Whittier
BUSY BURGER  - Joe Devito
CANTINA LAREDO  - Hector Rivera
CARNITAS URUAPAN  - Marcos Carbajal
CARNIVALE  - Rodolfo Cuadros
CEMITAS PUEBLA  - Antonio Anteliz (1st year participating in Baconfest)
CHICAGO q  - Ian Thompson
Creative CONEcepts  - Turon Cummings (1st year participating in Baconfest)
DAVANTI ENOTECA  - Daniel Harris
DAVID BURKE'S PRIMEHOUSE  - Amanda Warren  (8th year participating in Baconfest)
E+O FOOD AND DRINK  - Rodelio Aglibot
EL MARIACHI TEQUILA BAR & GRILL  - Eduardo Hermenegildo
FARMHOUSE -  Eric Mansavage ( 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
FIRECAKES  - Jonathan Fox
FIREFLY GRILL  - Niall D. Campbell II
FLO AND SANTOS  - Mark Rimkus
FLO CAFE & BAR  - Leonard Sanchez
FLORIOLE  - Sandra Holl and Emily Spurlin  (1st year participating in Baconfest)
FORK  - Timothy Cottini
FREESTYLE FOOD + DRINK  - Javier Mora and Geordan Stenson
FRONTIER   - Brian Jupiter
HEARTH RESTAURANT  - John "Woody" Linton
HOMESTEAD  - Rob Shaner
HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN  - Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski
HOWELLS & HOOD  - Brett Neubauer
HUBBARD INN  - Matt Wilde
IMPERIAL LA MIAN  - Christianna Klangides (1st year participating in Baconfest)
JELLYFISH  - Hector Marcial
KAISER TIGER  - Pat Berger
KITTY O'SHEA'S  - Mario Garcia
KNIFE  - Tim Cottini
KNIFE & TINE  - Paul Caravelli
KUMA'S CORNER  - Dan Grynevich
LE BOUCHON & LA SARDINE  - Oliver Poilevey & Scott Jambrosek
LINKS TAPROOM  - Grover Betts
LOCKWOOD RESTAURANT at the Palmer House  - Mathew Wiltzius (*2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
LOKaL  - Artur Wnorowski
MAY ST. CAFE  - Mario Santiago
MEXIQUE  - Carlos Gaytan
MISS RICKY'S  - Rick Gresh (1st year participating in Baconfest)
MITY NICE BAR & GRILL  - John Chiakulas (2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
MONTI'S  - James Gottwald
MORE  - Patty Rothman
NaanSense  - Hiran Patel & Sahil Singh
NANA  - Jeremy Kiens
OLD TOWN SOCIAL  - Blake Saavedra
OSTERIA LA MADIA  - Jonathan Fox
OSTERIA LANGHE  - Cameron Grant
PADDY LONG'S  - Patrick Berger & Chris Latchford (7th year participating in BaconFest)
PARAMOUNT ROOM  - Stephen Dunne
PECKISH PIG  - Debbie Evans
PERENNIAL VIRANT  - Paul Virant & Ed Sura
PI GALLERY BAR  - Alyssa Torres
PIECE  - Bill Jacobs & Charlie Springer
PINSTRIPES  - Cesar Gutierrez
PIZZA BARRA  - Chris Macchia
PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY  - Art and Chelsea Jackson
PORK & MINDY'S  - Jeff Mauro (1st year participating in Baconfest)
PORKCHOP  - Kenneth Robinson
PROSECCO  - Mark Sparacino
PUBLIC HOUSE  - Jeremy Tannehill
RED BUTTER  - Monica Sehgal Sharma ( 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
RED DOOR  - Troy Graves ( 2009 Golden Rasher Award Winner and 8th year participating in Baconfest)
RURAL SOCIETY at Lowes Chicago Hotel  - Cory Morris (1st year participating in Baconfest)
SALERO  - Ashlee Aubin (1st year participating in Baconfest)
SHEEKAR DELIGHTS  - Diane Khouri Joseph
SIGNATURE ROOM  - Cardel Reid ( 2010 Golden Rasher Award Winner and 8th year participating in Baconfest)
SLURPING TURTLE  - Takashi Yagihashi (2015 Award for Most Creative Use of Bacon)
SPACCA NAPOLI  - Jonathan Goldsmith
SPARROW COFFEE  - Chris Chacko
STAN'S DONUTS  - Rich Labriola
SUNDA  - Jess De Guzman
TABLE, DONKEY & STICK  - Scott Manley
TACO IN A BAG  - Alice Chiu (1st year participating in Baconfest)
TACO JOINT  - Edgar Torres
TÊTE CHARCUTERIE  - Thomas Rice & Kurt Guzowski
THE BAD APPLE  - Craig Fass
THE BRIXTON  - Alex (Jethro) Gialanella
THE CHOP SHOP  - Nick Moretti
THE COTTON DUCK  - Dominic Zumpano
THE DAWSON  - Shaun King
THE DEARBORN  - Aaron Cuschieri (1st year participating in Baconfest)
THE DUCK INN  - Kevin Hickey
THE MONKEY'S PAW  - Rahjan Shabazz
THE RADLER  - Nathan Sears (2011 Golden Rasher Award Winner and 8th year participating in Baconfest)
THREE ACES - Matt Troost  (2012 & 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
TRAVELLE  - Tim Graham
UNCLE BUB'S BBQ  - Kyle VerVynck
VIE  - Brian Motyka (2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner and 8th year participating in Baconfest)
VINCENT  - Adam Grandt
WEST TOWN BAKERY & DINER  - Chris Teixeira
WHISK  - Ricardo Rodriguez
WOLLENSKY'S GRILL  - Victor Newgren
WYLER ROAD  - Forster Sorensen (1st year participating in Baconfest)
ZED451  - Andrea Williams  (2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)


This year's event will take place during three sessions including a new Sunday Brunch Session.  "This is when America fell in love with bacon after all, so it's going to be pretty special -- we're not saying more than that just yet," said Zurer.  Additionally each session will have a distinct theme as a way to continue to engage the creativity of the 170+ chefs in-attendance.

Saturday Lunch - April 30
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP hour
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Theme: Sweet / Featured Cocktail: Tiki

Saturday Dinner - April 30
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP Hour
7:00 PM -10:00 PM General Admission Period
Theme: Smoke / Featured Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Sunday Brunch - May 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cooking Channel VIP hour
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM General Admission Period
Theme: Heat / Featured Cocktail: Bloody Mary