The Official 2015 Chicago Food + Wine Fest Recap

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The 2015 Chicago Food + Wine Festival spanned three days and featured chefs, artisans, and restaurants from Chicago and around the country. Festival goers were treated to chef demos, feasts, book signings, tastings and more as they indulged and learned!

Feast Under The Stars

The weekend kicked off with the uniquely beautiful dining experience Feast Under The Stars.

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@cheftimlove & @grahamelliot are ready for #CFWFest's Feast Under the Stars, are you?

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The Chicago skyline provided an amazing backdrop for the feasting.

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Saturday At The Fest

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Saturday kicked off with chef demos in the park. From learning the Art of Burning Food with Tim Love to Drinking Like a Pro with Mark Oldman, there were a range of fun experiences for foodie fans. And the chefs weren’t the only ones on stage!

.@cheftramonto enlisted help from the crowd during his "For Goodness Steak" demo. photo by @sheaflynn

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And of course, the Grand Tasting tent was in full swing all day!

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Toast and Taste

The fest kept going on Saturday night with the Toast and Taste event, featuring music by Tameca Jones!

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Things got a little firey, and the food was delectable!

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Last Call

But the night was not yet over – what’s dinner without a little dessert? Or, in the case of Last Call, a lot of dessert. The event at Block 37 hosted the sweetest selection of treats.


NoMI'S Pastry Chef Greg Mosko is serving a delectable array of truffles, bonbons & macaroons at our Last Call event.

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Sunday At The Fest

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The demos, tastings, and book signings continued on Sunday. Eden Laurin provided a crash course in hangover cures and restorative eye openers. Art Smith showed us how to indulge in a healthy way, we let the good times roll with Jimmy Bannos, Sr, and Jonathan Waxman gave us an education in seafood!

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We were reluctant to leave the Grand Tasting tent – but we’ll never forget the fun and creative new dishes!

The gates are officially open for the final day of #CFWFest and we're already eating pizza soup from @longmanandeagle's Jared Wentworth.

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It was a wonderful weekend of eating, drinking, and being merry!

Thanks Chicago!