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).
New five-day restaurants are Dia de Los Tomales, Emerald Isle, Farmer’s Fridge, La Bomba Restaurant, La Mexicana and Miller’s Pub. New Pop-Up restaurants are Burger Bar Chicago, Dinky Donuts, DonerMen, Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, Luke’s Lobster, Old Crow Smokehouse, Puffs of Doom and Sono Wood Fired.
New food trucks are Bruges Brothers, Jack’s Fork in a Road, La Cocinita, The Crave Bar and Yum Dum.
Familiar names returning to Taste embody Billy Goat Tavern Grill, BJ’s Market Bakery, Bobak Sausage Co., Connie’s Pizza, Eli’s Cheesecake, Franco’s Ristorante, Iyanze, Lawrence’s Fish Shrimp, Lou Malnati’s, Mariano’s, Oak Street Beach Cafe, O’Brien’s Restaurant, Ricobene’s, Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, Tuscany and Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant.
Conspicuous by their deficiency are longtime Taste participants Bacino’s and Original Rainbow Cone, that has been during Taste for 29 true years.
“We’re holding a pass this year,” pronounced Original Rainbow Cone owners Lynn Sapp. “We adore Taste; it’s a good event, though we’re looking to do some other things, some expansion, so we only motionless to take a year off.”
Taste of Chicago’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For some-more information, call 312-744-3316 or revisit tasteofchicago.us.