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  • Join us on March 3-4, 2023

    As you probably already know, Chicago has an amazing food scene…and we are thrilled to offer TWO different excursion experiences to give you a small insight into that, while enjoying good food and drinks, all while networking with friends.

    You can choose one or both options! It is not limited to one event, but both are additional costs to your ticket and spots are extremely limited, so get yours ASAP!

    These are an additional cost on top of your general admission Tastemaker Conference ticket.

  • Two different excursions!

    Option 1: Excursion Dinner in the City

    Enjoy a seasonal menu in the heart of Chicago!  A city with its own rich history, traditions, culture, AND FOOD. Mingle with new friends while you enjoy custom cocktails and mocktails, an elegant plated dinner, and a decadent dessert.

    Option 2: Excursion Farm to Fork Cooking Class! 

    Come join us at The Chopping Block to celebrate all things cooking! Treat yourself to a fun morning of cooking instruction where you’ll learn techniques to step up your brunch game. From perfectly prepared main dishes to the perfect side, you will learn new skills and for once – you don’t have to clean up! The class culminates in a delicious family-style meal with only the best, freshest seasonal ingredients.

  • Option 1: Excursion Dinner in the City

    Enjoy a seasonal menu in the heart of Chicago!  A city with its own rich history, traditions, culture, AND FOOD. Mingle with new friends while you enjoy custom cocktails and mocktails, an elegant plated dinner, and a decadent dessert. 

    This event is sponsored by:

    • Redmond Trading Company: Stay healthy while eating tastier meals with 100% natural, ancient salt from America. Redmond Life’s Real Salt is simple and clean for a healthier life and better food. Free Shipping Over $30. Healthier Salt. Taste the Difference! All Natural Real Salt.
    • Aunt Millie’s – What makes Aunt Millie’s unique? It’s many things. It’s the love of innovation that shows in all facets of our business. It’s the drive and passion to serve customers which has resulted in extraordinary performances. It culminates in a time-honored craftsmanship that is deliciously and uniquely Aunt Millie’s.
    • : From our home in the French Alps, Opinel has been making knives since 1890. Today, the Opinel line encompasses classic pocket knives, kitchen tools, table knives, and gardening tools. As you move from your garden to the table, from the great outdoors to great meals with friends, let Opinel join you for good food, good company, and the adventures that await.

    Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
    Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm CT
    Where: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

    ​All menu items are subject to change.
    Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
    Shuttles will not be provided this year. 

    *ALL EXCURSION TICKET SALES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE*

    Menu:

    1st Course
    Bread & Butter – Hawaiian rolls from Aunt Millie’s
    House Salad – Iceberg, Romaine, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumber, Carrots, Red Cabbage, House Vinaigrette and Redmond Seasoned Salt

    Entrées
    7oz. Filet Mignon with Redmond Real Salt Wasatch Steak Seasoning or
    8oz. Faroe Island Salmon – Lemon Vinaigrette with Redmond Organic Lemon Pepper or
    Cauliflower Steak
    arugula, spiced yogurt and coarse Redmond Real Salt

    Sides
    Double Baked Potato, Wisconsin Cheddar, Scallions
    Brussel Sprouts – Maple Chicory smoked Redmond Real Salt(ed) Butter & BaconButter, Bacon

    Dessert
    Chocolate Mousse Pie – Oreo Crust, White & Dark Chocolate Shavings
    Aunt Millie’s Bread Pudding – with a sprinkling of course Redmond Real Salt
    Vanilla Ice cream drizzle with Chocolate Sauce *sprinkling of coarse Redmond Real Salt eaten with Opinel teaspoons
    Vegan option TBD
    Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea

  • Option 2: Excursion Farm to Fork Cooking Class! 

    Come join us at The Chopping Block to celebrate all things cooking! Treat yourself to a fun morning of cooking instruction where you’ll learn techniques to step up your brunch game. From perfectly prepared main dishes to the perfect side, you will learn new skills and for once – you don’t have to clean up! The class culminates in a delicious family-style meal with only the best, freshest seasonal ingredients.

    This event is sponsored by:

    • ThermoWorks: ThermoWorks brings scientific precision and robust industrial design to professional temperature tools for food safety and culinary excellence.
    • 360 Cookware: Built to Last Cookware Sets Made and Crafted in the USA, locking in flavor and nutrients. Eliminating the need for added oils or fats.
    • FoodSaver: The best in vacuum sealers. Save money, reduce waste. with these food preservation systems.

    Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
    Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CT
    Where: The Chopping Block

    ​All menu items are subject to change.
    Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
    Shuttles will not be provided this year.

    *ALL EXCURSION TICKET SALES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE*

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*ALL EXCURSION TICKET SALES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE*

 

​All menu items are subject to change. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Shuttles will not be provided this year. 

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