Taste of Chicago lineup has new names, special celebrity-chef dinners

Taste of Chicago will have a bit of James Beard season this year.

The Celebrity Chef Du Jour Pavilion — any day featuring a guest cook scheming a three-course, $45 cooking served in an air-conditioned tent on a Taste site — will underline chefs who are James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists, nominees or past winners: Tanya Baker of Boarding House (2015 hopeful for Rising Star Chef), Thomas Lents of Sixteen (Best Chef: Great Lakes semifinalist), Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish Oyster (a mixed Best Chef: Great Lakes semifinalist), Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Purple Pig (2014 leader for Rising Star Chef) and Phillip Foss of EL Ideas (multiple Best Chef: Great Lakes semifinalist).

Tickets for a Chef du Jour dinners go on sale Friday during tasteofchicago.us.

The full lineup for a 35th annual Taste of Chicago, that will take place Jul 8-12 in Grant Park, was announced Wednesday morning. The largest food festival in city will underline 60 restaurants, 19 of them newcomers. Of those newcomers, 5 are food trucks and 8 are pop-ups (one- and two-day participants).

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