Bon Appetit to Serve as Title Sponsor of Chicago Gourmet 2010

Posted on May 20th, 2010

*Press Release provided by the Illinois Restaurant Association



(CHICAGO; May 20, 2010) – Chicago Gourmet, one of the nation’s most anticipated culinary events celebrating the City of Chicago’s finest in food and wine, is pleased to announce Bon Appétit magazine as its title sponsor. Chicago Gourmet, presented by the Illinois Restaurant Association, will be held in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, showcasing over 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

“We are thrilled that Bon Appétit has chosen to join and support us in hosting this impressive culinary experience to further showcase Chicago’s top chefs and sommeliers to the world,” says Sheila O’Grady, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association.

“Chicago Gourmet presented by Bon Appétit enhances our reputation as one of the world’s greatest cities for fine cuisine and culture,” says Mayor Richard M. Daley. “It is a terrific event where residents can join culinary professionals in celebrating extraordinary food and wine.”

Barbara Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit, Andrew Knowlton, Restaurant Editor of Bon Appétit, and Cat Cora, Executive Chef of the Bon Appétit Culinary Studio, will attend and participate in Chicago Gourmet.

“We are just delighted to be part of Chicago Gourmet,” says Fairchild. “It’s a city of great restaurants with much diversity, talented and innovative chefs, and an enthusiastic foodie public that enjoys it all. I always love exploring the scene. And we’re looking forward to talking with everyone!”

Chicago Gourmet early-registration tickets are currently on sale. For more information about Chicago Gourmet or to purchase tickets, please visit:

About Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet is a premier culinary experience aimed to promote Chicago’s impressive food and wine community. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and the Anton Family Foundation to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers who are participating. It also aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent.

About Bon Appétit Magazine
Bon Appétit magazine celebrates the world of great food and the pleasure of sharing it with others. Every issue engages over 8 million readers in a hands-on experience regarding all aspects of the epicurean lifestyle-cooking, dining out, wine and spirits, travel, entertaining, shopping, and kitchen design. Both creative inspiration and practical guide, Bon Appétit delivers just the right mix of sophistication and accessibility, indulgence and simplicity and quality.

Bon Appétit is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, which operates in 25 countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation. Please visit:

About the Illinois Restaurant Association

Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois.



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