So, to start out with, we’ll be blogging about some of our real-time dates as well as a few from the archives. As we post, we’ll be sure to let you know which is which. This entry features a date from last fall…in case the greenery and lack of clothing layers weren’t a dead giveaway. 😉
Taste Talks, a national series of food festivals produced by Brooklyn-based media company Northside Media, took place on September 8-10. Each festival, which happened in four cities in 2017, brings amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures together with everyday food enthusiasts through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners, and parties. For Mandy, it triggers a bit of nostalgia, as she worked for the company during their Taste Talks Chicago debut in 2014 (hi, Nside fam!).
This was our second year attending together, and it was just as tasty as the first time around. The All Star Cookout, which historically takes place the last day of the festival, features 10+ booths that pair the hosting city’s top chefs, usually with another celebrity chef or restaurant, and create unique tastings for the event. A few of our favorites from this year’s event at Palmer Square Park include:
- Seoul Taco X The O’My’s: Mini Bulgogi Tacos
- Fat Rice X Serengeti: Kenny D’s Rib Sandwich and Chicken Wings (pictured below)
- Baptiste and Bottle: Beef Tongue with Caraway Chicharron
- Andrew Zimmern X Oriole: Grilled Beef Rolls with Nuoc Cham Sauce
Although half of us may be slightly bias because of the folks who put the festival on, we think it’s safe to say no one leaves the All Star Cookout with loose pants.