Edible Chicago is revamping its events program with a schedule of tasting dinners, festivals and other exciting food-focused events. The new events program is committed to creating unique food and drink events that highlight the local, seasonal flavor with some of Chicago’s top culinary talent.
The Garden Dinner Series, the first of many events this summer, will launch on Thursday, June 18th at 6PM with a private one hour tour of the magnificent Rick Bayless’ three lot organic garden hosted by his master gardener, Bill Shores. The tour of the garden, located in the Bucktown neighborhood, will be followed by a cocktail hour, live acoustic guitar music and an interactive dinner event at Goddess & Grocer, within walking distance from the garden.
The dinner segment will start with a Margarita Hour, with spicy margaritas featuring Ancho Reyes, and Milagro tequila cocktails, made with fresh seasonal fruit. Hors d’oeuvres, including a Rock Shrimp & Blood Orange Ceviche and a Cactus & Avocado Gazpacho Shooter, will be served on the patio. Event sponsor Christy Webber Landscapes will provide examples of ideas for urban plant containers. Edible landscapes manager Annamarie Leon, will be on hand to answer inquires about designing and planting an edible garden in your back yard.
Dinner stations will feature servings inspired by masterpiece Rick Bayless dishes, including the classic Carne Asada dish served at Frontera Grill. There will also be a demonstration of Oaxacan string cheese, which will be used in quesadillas made from handmade tortillas and fresh, local vegetables. Guests will also enjoy a “build-your-own” guacamole
During dinner, there will be a Mezcal bar, featuring Montelobos, a wood-fired agave product, whose distillery Chef Bayless has visited in Mexico. Each guest will go home with a VIP swag bag and a print copy of the current Edible Chicago magazine.
Tickets are limited and on sale now for $110 for dinner and tour, $85 dinner only until June 1, and $125/$95 after that. www.tinyurl.com/baylessgardentour.