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Taste of Chicago brings worldwide cuisine to thousands

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced an assorted lineup of 66 restaurants which will participate throughout the highly anticipated, five-day food and entertainment festival Taste of Chicago, July 9-13 in Grant Park. Showcasing Chicago’s diverse culinary scene, Taste goers are guaranteed an endless variety of dining options to suit every palate from five-day restaurants to the popular one- and two-day Pop-Ups, as well as food trucks.

“As our culinary reputation has grown on the national stage, the Taste of Chicago continues to reflect the vibrant and diverse restaurant community of Chicago with and new, exciting culinary experiences and long- time favorites, ” said Emanuel

Alongside the classic favorites, Taste of Chicago is will welcome 22 newcomers to the event in 2014. In all there are seven new five-day restaurants, eight new Pop-Ups and seven new food trucks.

New this year, Taste is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mariano’s to bring their culinary expertise to the popular cooking demonstration area, In the Kitchen with Mariano’s, and as a five-day restaurant. As Mariano’s continues its expansion in the Chicago market delivering the highest distinctive products, unequaled service and hospitality, this must-visit Taste destination is sure to leave customers embracing the Mariano’s philosophy of shop well, eat well, live well.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mariano’s as part of the Taste of Chicago this year,” said Michelle T. Boone, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This partnership is an ideal complement to our goal of presenting an array of high quality Chicago vendors. The Mariano’s brand has established a reputation of freshness, and shopping amenities like no other. We know our event guests will enjoy experiencing In the Kitchen with Mariano’s.”

Other new restaurants and food trucks are: The Big Cheese Poutinerie, Brasserie by LM, Brazilian Bowl Grill, Bridgeport Pasty, Chicago’s Dog House, Chicago Lunchbox, Gino’s Steak, Harold’s Chicken, Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes, Kamehachi, Lawrence’s Fisheries, M Burger, Mama Mia, Mariano’s, Mayan Sol Latin Grill, Restaurant Veneno de Nayarit, The Savoy, Sol de Mexico, SpritzBurger, Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Starfruit Cafè and Windy City Patty Wagon.

All vendors will offer signature items, as well as the popular Taste of Chicago portions priced at $2.50 or less, allowing guests the opportunity to sample an even greater variety of items. Many will also include Humana Healthier Choice selections for those seeking lighter options. Admission to the Taste of Chicago is free, and tickets for food and beverages can be purchased in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50.

“The Illinois Restaurant Association, celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2014, has been involved in the Taste of Chicago since its inception,” said Sam Toia, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “It has continued to be an amazing opportunity for restaurants to showcase our robust culinary scene and has been a significant part of our organization’s history. Each year, the festival honors tradition while also evolving to reflect Chicago’s rich and ever-expanding dining culture. We’re pleased to offer attendees not only tried and true favorites, but also a taste of new vendors and a variety of diverse pop-up restaurants sure to become staples on the annual Taste tour.”

Whether craving the robust flavors found in African, American, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Thai or Vietnamese cuisine – and more – Chicagoans and visitors won’t want to miss this year’s Taste!

Taste of Chicago is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages the food and beverage operation.

Taste of Chicago is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by Aquafina, Blue Bunny® Ice Cream, Bud Light, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Fleet Feet Sports, Gallo Family Vineyards, Humana, Hyundai, Illinois Lottery, LaGrou Distribution System, Lipton Pure Leaf, Mariano’s, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Olive Oils from Spain, Pepsi, Radio Disney AM 1300, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines, Ventra, WGN-Television, WTTW 11’s Check, Please, 93XRT, 101 WKQX and 103.5 KISS FM.

The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 9-13 in Grant Park. Taste of Chicago hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the free admission festival, call 312-744-3316, TTY: 312-744-2964 or visit tasteofchicago.us. Join the Taste conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow on Twitter @TasteofChi2014.

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