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Chicago Gourmet Gathers the City's Best

Bon Appetit pours wine, spirits and beer during its annual posh Chicago Gourmet event
 Chicago Gourmet Gathers the City’s Best

In INFUSED, a weekly column, Elizabeth J. Musgrave connects spirits, wine, and beer with culinary and creative arts


Chicago Gourmet, Chicago’s premier annual cuisine and adult beverage event is quickly approaching for the weekend of Sept. 28-30 with its official kickoff Friday, Sept. 28. The Hamburger Hop launching gala takes place atop Harris Theater’s rooftop from 6 - 9 p.m. Located in Millennium Park, the burger competition has become one of the highlights of the yearly affair (and always sells out early) with favored area chefs battling it out in front of celebrity judges and food lovers alike. The gourmet burgers are served with quality beers, wines and spirits while overlooking a panoramic view of the city.

The weekend schedule continues at Millennium Park Saturday from noon – 6PM and Sunday from noon – 5PM. At the coveted Grand Cru wine tastings event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 2 - 4PM, Chicago’s top sommeliers and Master sommeliers from across the nation will present and discuss the wine selections. Master sommeliers for the separately purchased event, which proves more popular every year, will include: Serafin Alvarado, Frederick Dame, Jay Fletcher, and Reggie Narito.

More than 150 of Chicago’s top chefs will demonstrate their culinary prowess at tastings, demonstrations and seminars. Wines, spirits and beer from the following renowned vintners, distillers and brewers will be poured at the 2012 event with more participants added daily:

  • Absolut Vodka
  • Arel Group Wine & Spirits, Inc.
  • Argyle Winery/MacRostie Winery
  • Atlas Imports
  • Aveniu Brands
  • Beam, Inc.
  • Belvedere Vodka
  • Bernardus Winery
  • Bianchi Winery - Paso Robles
  • Campari America
  • Casa Dragones
  • Castle Brands, Inc.
  • Champagne Lanson
  • Chopin Imports
  • Cline Cellars
  • Cognac Ferrand USA
  • Cooper Spirits
  • Cruzan Rum
  • Cuvaison Estate Wines
  • Doube Cross Vodka
  • Estates & Wines - Moët Hennessy
  • Far Niente Winery
  • Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards
  • Four Roses Distillery & Square One Organic Spirits
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Frederick Wildman & Sons
  • Freixenet USA
  • Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky/ Ardbeg Scotch Whisky
  • Gnarly Head Wines & HandCraft Artisan Collection
  • Graham's, Dow's & Cockburn's Port
  • Graham's, Dow's & Cockburn's Port
  • Grand Marnier
  • Grgich Hills Estate
  • Groth Vineyards & Winery
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • Hennessy Cognac
  • Henriot Inc.
  • Huneeus Vintners
  • Jellybean Wines
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards
  • Knob Creek
  • Laurent-Perrier
  • Layer Cake
  • Maison Louis Latour
  • Marchese Antinori
  • Miller Squared Inc
  • Mionetto USA
  • Old Bridge Cellars
  • Oyster Bay Wines
  • Palm Bay International
  • Parducci and Paul Dolan Wines
  • Passport to Wine
  • Pasternak Wine
  • Pernod Ricard USA Wines and Champagnes
  • Pisco Porton LLC
  • Prestige Wine Importers
  • Purity Vodka
  • Roederer Estate
  • Russian Standard Vodka
  • Saint Joseph
  • Serralles USA
  • Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.
  • Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars
  • Skinnygirl Cocktails, Courvoisier, Pucker Vodka
  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
  • Svedka
  • TGIC Importers
  • The Patrón Spirits Company
  • The Wine Group
  • Thorny Rose Wines
  • Toad Hollow Vineyards - Steelhead Vineyards
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Valentine Distilling Co.
  • Van Gogh Imports
  • VeeV Açaí Spirits
  • Vin Divino
  • Vranken Pommery America
  • W.J. Deutsch & Sons
  • Whiskies of the World
  • Wine Sisterhood/ Canopy Management
  • Wines Unlimited Inc.
  • WJ Deutsch & Sons
  • Zignum
  • Zing Zang


A partial list of food and specialty exhibitors includes, Blue Moon, Bombay Spice, Bon Appétit, Filini Bar and Restaurant, KIND Healthy Snacks, Labriola Baking Company, Lockwood at the Pamer House Hilton, Maple Leaf Farms, Market Bar, Midtown Kitchen & Bar, One North Kitchen & Bar, Stella Artois Best of Belgium, Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co., The Grill on the Alley, The Grillroom Chophouse & Wine Bar, The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, The Parrot Cage, Tourisme Québec, Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar and Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

Tickets are available and expected to sell out again this year, with Grand Cru and Hamburger Hop events selling out first. Complete details, tickets and updates are available by visiting


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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is the editor for, writing the fine-living syndicated column and syndicated blog, Gotta Go. Published both in print and online at,, and, Gotta Go offers reviews and recommendations on food and drink, the performing arts, and travel destinations.

Elizabeth is also a freelance writer, photographer, public speaker, and a leading Indianapolis performing arts and restaurant critic. She can be heard on 93 WIBC's Saturday Morning News Show as Indy’s entertainment adviser, and can also be found on Twitter,LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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