Congratulations to Chicago Gourmets, one of Chicago's original fine dining clubs as they marked a milestone recently: 20 years celebrating good food, wine and friendships through their members-only dining club. A special anniversary dinner was held on Sunday, August 28 at Chef Robert Burcenski's acclaimed Tallgrass restaurant in suburban Lockport.
Founder Donald Newcomb hosts about 50 dinners per year, and has held nearly 1,000 events throughout Chicagoland in the past two decades. What makes the events so desirable is their diversity in venues; chef-driven fresh, seasonal menus that showcase ethnic, trendy, as well as the neighborhood gems. "Dinner events I've attended in the past were special, authentic and had a spirit of conviviality that made the evening a lot of fun," shares dining guest Jeannie Boutelle.
Dining events are held in private group settings and members have a chance to mingle with frequently invited cook book authors, wine experts, and culinary professionals. Lively discussions around the table include the latest in fine dining and drink trends, and common interests for local eating to culinary experiences from around the globe.
Members and guests have enjoyed dining together at Shaw's Crab House, MK's, Monteverde, Shokran, Benny's Chop House, Macello's, Slurping Turtle, Chicago Q, and Froggy's French Cuisine. A detailed list of past venues is located at Chicago Gourmets.
Two upcoming events are on the docket with tickets still available: a Brazilian cuisine brunch paired with wines at Chef Jorgina Pereira's Sinha on Sunday, October 23 and a Puglia-themed Italian infused dinner at Macello's on Thursday, November 17.
New members can join online. An annual membership is $45 per household, which includes weekly newsletters, frequent discounts on events and regular invitations to dinners. A complimentary copy of Edible Chicago magazine is available for members at dining events, when available.