If you want to be in the know and experience the best, most creative summer bites and hand crafted libations from chefs in the local food scene, this is the premiere summer event to attend. Imagine a giant upscale picnic in the heart of scenic Lincoln Park, featuring 130 rock star chefs, award-winning restaurants, local food artisans and more than 32 of the Midwest’s premiere beverage purveyors.
The fundraiser started out 17 years ago with 10 chefs on the market’s parking lot, and today it’s grown to over 130 chefs. And the local farmers provide the chefs with all of the bounty which include heirloom produce, heritage meats, cheeses and much more.
Local wines, craft beers and artisanal spirits are also an integral part of the evening: A lot of the cocktails are inspired with what’s offered by Green City market like in-season berries, fruit and fresh herbs.
Every chef is paired up with a farmer, and then they purchase everything from that farmer. “It’s the heart of what we all do. It’s feed people and connect with the farms,” shares Chef Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Café.
Where else can you find some of the city and surrounding area’s top chefs, artisans and beverage providers that support local, seasonal ingredients and farmers all in one place? It’s a perfect opportunity to mingle with friends, sip and taste some of the best summer food in Chicago.
The event not only helps with the farmers’ economy; funds raised by the Chef BBQ go directly to support the Green City Market’s many educational programs, including The Edible Gardens, chef demos, children’s Sprout programs, composting programs and the city’s LINK initiatives.
The Green City Market’s Chef BBQ Fundraiser will be held rain or shine on Thursday, July 20 at the South End of Lincoln Park and runs from 5:30PM to 8:00PM. VIP attendees receive early admission privileges and other perks. Purchase tickets online and soon, as this event often sells out in advance: greencitymarket.org. General Admission is $125.00 and VIP Admission is priced at $275.