Worth a Drive: Green City Market Chefs' BBQ Benefit

Biggest names in Chicago cuisine gather in Lincoln Park to support Chicago's premier farmers' market

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By David Hammond

On a Saturday morning in Lincoln Park, it’s not uncommon to see Rick Bayless (Tompolobampo, Frontera Grill, Xoco) picking through the carrots or Bruce Sherman (North Pond) scrutinizing the celery at the Green City Market.

On July 21st, from 5:30-8PM, you can see these two chefs and about 98 others standing over grills, crafting salads and serving drinks to those who attend the 2011 Green City Market Chefs’ BBQ Benefit.

Held in Lincoln Park, across the street from the Chicago History Museum, every dish served at this annual event utilizes meat, produce and other products from the Green City Market itself.

$100 buys you a ticket for all the local food and beverages (wine, beer, liquor) you can consume in 2.5 hours. It is not cheap, but it’s a tremendous value.

I’ve gone to this event for the past three years, and it is a remarkable opportunity to sample foods from some of Chicago’s great restaurants…and meet some of the men and women who work in the kitchens that have spearheaded Chicago’s rise to become a center of international food tourist destination.

It’s (way) worth a drive.

More information at the GCM site: http://www.greencitymarket.org/calendar/event.asp?id=466

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