Taste of Chicago: A Report
This past weekend I was in one of my favorite places on Earth, Chicago. And I swear I didn't time it this way, but I was there for one of the city's biggest events, Taste of Chicago, going on through July 6. If you've ever been to a Taste around here (Bethesda, Arlington), you know the drill: buy tickets for samples of food from various restaurants around town. Sometimes there's some entertainment, too. Well, Taste of Chicago is just like that, except it's bigger, more crowded and features well-known performers, like Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder, Fantasia and Bonnie Raitt.
The festival runs for two weeks and features booths from more than 60 restaurants, with some surprising selections: vegetarian gyros from Soul Vegetarian East, coconut rice and sauteed goat from Bolat African Cuisine, grilled corn dipped in butter at lots of places and oodles of snacks on sticks, including a heavenly frozen, chocolate-dipped cheesecake from Eli's Cheesecake.
I've heard that Taste of Chicago is America's -- if not the world's -- largest food festival, and though there are detractors, I still think it's pretty fun. Has anyone else been? What do you think? Do you want to challenge my assertion that T.O.C. is the place to be in the summertime?
By Christina Talcott |
July 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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