Twenty-One New Restaurants Featured at Green City Market’s 15th Annual Chef BBQ Benefit July 16
CHICAGO, IL, June, 2015 — Twenty-one new restaurants will join Green City Market’s 15th annual Chef BBQ Benefit 5:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 16 in Lincoln Park. The BBQ will showcase the
who’s who of Chicago’s culinary scene, including this year’s new
comers: Acanto, Arbor, Bar Takikto, Bohemian
House, Bottlefork, Fork, Formento's, Frontier, HaiSous, Japonais by
Mormioto, Lillie’s Q, Maddy’s Dumpling House, River Roast, Salero, Seven
Lions, Taus Authentic Food, The Duck Inn, The Gage, The Kitchen, The
Nomad Food Company and Villains Chicago. The list of new restaurants
continues to grow, so be sure check the Green City Market website often to see what restaurants have been added.
dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the
market with over 100 chefs and restaurants creating culinary magic. In
addition to food, more than 30 of the Midwest’s best brewers,
distilleries, wineries, and mixologists will feature locally made craft
beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
For the 5th consecutive year, the Green City Market BBQ lead sponsor is Wirtz Beverage Group. Their featured brands this year are:
Craft Beer/Cider: BuckleDown Brewery, Une Annee, 4 Hands Brewing, and Citizen Cider
Craft Spirits: Death’s Door Spirits, Suerte Tequila, Templeton Rye Whiskey
tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the Green City
Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check the Green City Market website
at http://gcmchefbbq.brownpapertickets.com/.General admission tickets are $125; individual VIP tickets are $250.
the first time this year, VIP tickets may be purchased in various
quantities, making it easy for companies and families to enjoy the
special treatment in groups of whatever table configuration they want.
VIP experience will feature elegant décor, with optional seating styles
for tables of 2, 4, 6 or more. Large corporate cabanas seat 16 for
$10,000 and include a dedicated server for food and beverage service.
is available at the gold level as well as placement on cabana, step
& repeat, and program. Private lounge grouping seats 10 guests for
$5,000, including a small cabana, a dedicated server for food and
beverage service and logo recognition at the silver level in program and
on cabana. VIP ticket holders are treated to a special early VIP
reception from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to purchase
tickets early, as this event has sold out in past years.
“The Chef BBQ is one of the most anticipated events of the summer and a great time to celebrate all of the amazing food and talent
this city has to offer,” said Sarah Stegner, co-president of the Green
City Market board and chef/partner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook.
“The Chef BBQ is very important to the operations of the market. It
raises much needed money to support our operations. The
market is funded by such donations and grants. We are thankful that it
has grown to be one of Chicago’s most popular summer events. Our guests
get to experience what truly ‘local farm to table’ is while helping to
make it all possible.”
Green City Market BBQ is one of the best events of the summer and a
great time for all involved. The market is like a seasonal candy store
for chefs, so it’s awesome to be able to support our farm community,”
said Tony Quartaro, chef and co-owner of Formento’s and Nonna’s.
See below for a full list of Chicago’s top restaurants and breweries that will have a presence at the BBQ:
Remove the husks and use a dry towel to remove excess corn silk.
Cut the corn into 2" round segments.
Blanch in salted water for 1 minute, do not shock.
Strain water, and transfer corn to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool.
Prepare a charcoal grill, allowing coals to ignite, then burn off.
We want to grill these over hot glowing coals with little to no flame.
Lightly oil the corn segments in a mixing bowl, toss with kosher salt to taste.
Place on grill, allowing to blister and char the corn.
Take directly from the grill and toss in a mixing bowl with Calabrian Chile Jam.
Serve with grated ricotta salata, torn basil and mint.
Place a small plate in a freezer. Combine chile paste, lemon juice, honey and water in a stainless steel saucepan.
Bring up to a simmer and reduce by 1/5 of the original volume.
a separate container, mix together pectin and sugar. Using a whisk,
slowly distribute pectin into the chile and honey mixture, whisking
Turn heat up to high, and allowing to boil and thicken rapidly.
The chile jam should reduce by another 1/5.
Turn the heat off, and test a small spoonful of the jam on your very cold plate.
If the jam sticks to the plate and does not run, it has reached a proper setting point. If
it is still runny, you may have to reduce it a bit further and test it
again. Cool the jam in individual mason jars or plastic deli containers
for future use.
About Green City Market
City Market is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization celebrating its
17th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a
marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate,
promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs,
restaurateurs, and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market
values education about quality food and its source. Green City Market
values farmers who take care of the land; the preservation of
sustainably farmed land; a vibrant thriving community of local farms;
and consumption of locally grown foods.
City Market’s incredible momentum comes from its broad base of support
including conscientious and caring farmers and producers, consumers,
chefs, restaurateurs, and other culinary professionals. It also reflects
Chicagoans' increasing concern for a more sustainable food system by
improving the quality of food on the table, produced by local farmers
using organic and sustainable practices that preserve the environment
for future generations. GCM's support of these local artisan farmers and
producers increases the density of fresh, high-quality, locally
produced food in Chicago, and provides the basis for a regional cuisine.
City Market has been a destination for locals and visitors to Chicago
since its inception in 1998. It has consistently been named in the top
10 of the nation’s best farmers markets by national publications such as
USA Today, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, Shape, CNN,
Huffington Post and US News, among others.
Wirtz Beverage Illinois is a statewide leader in the
distribution of fine wine, spirits and beer brands. The company combines its
time-honored tradition of execution excellence with a reputation for
best-in-class service and brand building throughout Illinois. The company
is a member of Wirtz Beverage Group, a leading wholesaler and broker with
interests in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and throughout Canada. To learn
more, visit www.WirtzBev.com or engage
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City Market Chef BBQ photos: Cindy Kurman, Kurman Communications, Inc.;
Chef Tony Quartaro photo: Anjali Pinto, Photography by Anjali Pinto;
Wirtz Beverage logo courtesy of Wirtz Beverage; Green City Market Chef
BBQ 2015 invitation courtesy of Green City Market.