Taste Talks Chicago has announced a lineup of culinary innovators and cultural tastemakers to be featured at
its third annual festival and symposium, taking place in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct. 2. Headlined by curator Jason Hammel, the festival will celebrate the future of taste with an action-packed weekend including an opening party at the Virgin Hotel, featuring drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco; the Mother of Pearl dinner, an elegant evening of oysters and bubbly with a multi-course chef collaboration; an All-Star BBQ featuring collaborations between top culinary and cultural talent; plus cooking demonstrations, tastings, enlightening panel discussions, and more.
"Taste Talks is all about bringing together the best names in food and culture, and this year we're celebrating the Midwest's vibrant culinary roots, music scene, artists and more at the festival. And we're bringing in some of the nation's food luminaries - like Andy Ricker and Paul Liebrandt - to join the conversation. It's going to be an amazing weekend," noted Taste Talks Festival Director Will Levitt.
The weekend kicks off Friday night with Hammel and Glenn Kotche of Wilco collaborating on flavors and sounds at Virgin Hotel (203 N Wabash Street). Presented by OpenTable, the Chicago chef and rock musician will curate several courses throughout the evening that play on different senses, tastes, tonal frequencies and even color palettes. This multi-sensory party will also feature an open bar of Don Julio and Aberlour cocktails, Jackson Family Wines, Goose Island Beer and water from S. Pellegrino.