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The Official 2015 Chicago Food + Wine Fest Recap

Photo by Shea Flynn 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! #cfwfest Tweets Feast Under The Stars The weekend kicked off with […]
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Drink Wine Like A Master Sommelier: 4 Tips From Larry O’Brien, M.S.

As a Master Sommelier at Jackson Family Wines, Larry O’Brien knows how to elevate your wine experience to the next level. O’Brien will be leading one of 20 sessions at Chicago Food + Wine that focus on growing attendees’ food and wine knowledge. We talked to the veteran wine professional to get a few tips […]
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Toast the God of Wine at the Art Institute

Wine was everywhere in ancient Mediterranean cultures. In fact, before modern purification techniques, it was often safer to drink fermented beverages like wine than it was to drink water. (Yes, you read that correctly.) So it’s no surprise that the ancient Greeks knew how to drink wine. Groups of Greek men would gather daily to […]
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Top Tips for the 2015 Chicago Food + Wine Festival

The first annual Chicago Food + Wine Festival is almost here. Take a look at our list of Top Tips and truly conquer this weekend! EVENT LOCATIONS The Grand Tasting and Feast Under the Stars events are located at Lincoln Park Grove 2 and 3, east of North Stockton Drive and north of West La […]
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Chef Tim Love’s “Love The Heat” Cocktail Recipe

Our friends at Wirtz are sharing this fantastic new cocktail, compliments of Chef Tim Love. Recipe Credit: Eric Hay Experience Chef Tim Love’s amazing culinary creations at Toast & Taste, and catch him at his “The Art of Burning Food” demo on Saturday at 2:15pm! Buy Tickets
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Introducing Kendall College Trust!

Did you know that when you’re enjoying gourmet treats at Chicago Food + Wine, you’re also helping young people pursue higher education? A portion of Chicago Food + Wine proceeds will benefit the Kendall College Trust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides need-based financial assistance to Kendall College students pursuing a degree in hospitality and/or the […]
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Toast & Taste Details Announced!

Some of the most electrifying moments that take place during Food & Wine festivals happen during the music-fueled evening events. When the sun goes down and the amps fire up, so do our appetites– for drinks with friends over bites from some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs. Saturday night’s signature event, Toast & Taste, […]
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Ginger Beer is the Perfect Storm Of Trend and Taste

Riding the perfect storm of the classic cocktail movement and the popularity of bold, spicy flavors, ginger beer has become the new darling of both mixologists and amateur home bartenders alike. Ginger beer originally emerged on the cocktail scene as one of only two ingredients in the popular Dark ‘n’ Stormy, the other ingredient being […]
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WHAT’S NEXT FOR WINE? Q&A WITH SOMMELIERS MATT SCHNEIDER AND SASA SINANAGIC

The changing face of the American wine consumer is turning the traditional industry on its head. We caught up with Wirtz Beverage Illinois Fine Wine Specialists Matt Schneider and Saša Sinanagic to discuss where the wine industry is headed. Matt Schneider Saša Sinanagic Wirtz: What are your predictions for the wine industry? Saša: People are […]
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