Giada De Laurentiis Headlines Dozens of Chefs Featured at Dominick's Cooking Corner
Emmy-award winning television personality, author and celebrated chef, Giada De Laurentiis headlines the Dominick’s Cooking Corner at this year’s Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. Presented by Bella Sera Wines of Italy, De Laurentiis will grace the kitchen stage Friday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m. to prepare some of her famous recipes.
Other cooking demonstrations will be performed by notable chefs, including The Hearty Boys, Chef Tony Priolo, Chef Keli Fayard, Jimmy Bannos, and Jimmy Bannos, Jr.
The 2011 Taste of Chicago Dominick’s Cooking Corner schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 24
11:30 a.m. Chef Gloria D. Hafer, Afterschoolmatters/Advanced Culinary
12:30 p.m. Chef Shelley Young, The Chopping Block
1:30 p.m.Paul LoDuca, Chef/Owner, Adobo Grill
2:30 p.m.Chef Alex Lopez, The Food Diva
3:30 p.m.Chef Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno
4:30 p.m.Chef Marlene Benitez, La Cocina de Frida
5:30 p.m.Chef Alfredo Perez
Saturday, June 25
11:30 a.m. Chef Laurel Boger, Eli's Cheesecake Company
12:30 p.m. Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh, Hearty Restaurant/The Hearty Boys
1:30 p.m.Chef Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
2:30 p.m.Ying Stoller, Asian Cooking Instructor & Cookbook Author, Ying's Kitchen,
3:30 p.m.George Reisch, Brewmaster & Chef Jared Rouben, Goose Island Brew
4:30 p.m.Chef Generoso ""Geno"" Bahena, Danzon Restaurante
5:30 p.m.Chef Jimmy Madla, Coobah
Sunday, June 26
11:30 a.m. Kocoa Scott-Winbush, Kocoa's Kitchen
12:30 p.m. John Meyer, B.J.'s Market & Bakery
1:30 p.m.Wilbert Jones, The Wilbert Jones Company
2:30 p.m.David Mirassou, presented by Mirassou Winery
3:30 p.m.Chef Keli Fayard, Vanille Patisserie
4:30 p.m.Mary D. Madison, Lagniappe
5:30 p.m.Will Brown, Will's Way Cooking Show
Monday, June 27
11:30 a.m. Chef David Rosenthall, Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park
12:30 p.m. Chef John Fuente, Prix Fixe
1:30 p.m.Humana & Patsy Bentivegna, VP & Executive Chef of Cooking Skills
2:30 p.m.Melissa Graham, Purple Asparagus
3:30 p.m.Chef John Gatsos, Tavern on Rush
4:30 p.m.Chef Chris Spear, Uncommon Ground
5:30 p.m.Alekka Sweeney, Give Me Some Sugar
Tuesday, June 28
11:30 a.m. Ranjana Bhargava, Ranjana's Indian Cooking Class
12:30 p.m. Cleetus Friedman, City Provisions
1:30 p.m.Chef Mustafa Guler, Turquoise Restaurant
2:30 p.m.Elena Marre, the Kids' Table
3:30 p.m.Chef Jeff Lawler, Geja’s Café
4:30 p.m.Chef Ryan Hutmacher, ""The Centered Chef"", ""FIT City Chicago""
5:30 p.m.Chef Sarah Haas, FIT City Chicago
Wednesday, June 29
11:30 a.m. Franklyn Taylor, Chef, Central Plaza Home
12:30 p.m. Orchid Paulmeier, Restaurant Owner, Finalist on Food Network Star,
1:30 p.m.Chef Mario Palaggi, Sean's Rhino Bar & Grill
2:30 p.m.Chef Joe Doppes, Executive Chef, Bistro Margot
3:30 p.m.Dave Samber, Chef/Owner, Polo Café & Catering Bridgeport U.S.A.
4:30 p.m.Karl Thomalla, Chef, Kanella Breakfast Club
5:30 p.m.Victor De Leon, Executive Chef, O'Donovan's Pub & Restaurant
Thursday, June 30
11:30 a.m. Patsy Bentivegna, VP & Executive Chef of Cooking Skills Academy
12:30 p.m. Chef Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
1:30 p.m.Chef Chris O'Shea-Hernandez, Chief O'Neill's Restaurant
2:30 p.m.Chef Dwight E. Evans, II & Davonte' E. Evans, Covenant Village of Northbrook/Sodexo
3:30 p.m.Pick Chow Demo, ""Zisboombah.com""
4:30 p.m.Julius Russell, Executive Chef/Owner, A Tale of Two Chefs
5:30 p.m.Gallo Family Vineyards and Taste of Home present Culinary Specialist,
Friday, July 1
11:30 a.m. Gallo Family Vineyards and Taste of Home present Culinary Specialist,
12:30 p.m. Charlie McKenna, Chef/Owner, Lillie's Q
1:30 p.m.Jimmy Bannos & Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Heaven on Seven, Purple Pig
2:30 p.m.Giada De Laurentiis, presented by Bella Sera Wines of Italy
4:30 p.m.Chef Anthony Bosko, Smokey Joes BBQ
5:30 p.m.Chef Jared Leonard, Rub BBQ Company
Saturday, July 2
11:30 a.m. Chef Vicente Duran, Vivo Restaurant
12:30 p.m. Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, National Food & Nutrition Expert, Author ""The Flexitarian Diet""
1:30 p.m.Pick Chow Cook Off, ""Zisboombah.com""
2:30 p.m.Philip Potempa, food & entertainment columnist, The Times Newspaper
of Indiana and Illinois
3:30 p.m.To be announced
4:30 p.m.Chefs Erin Joseph & Henny Maciaszek, Tu Chez Events & Heller Catering
Pick Chow Demo, ""Zisboombah.com""
5:30 p.m. Chef Pierre Daval, Harvest & RUSH Bar, Marriott Downtown Chicago
Sunday, July 3
11:30 a.m. Ryan Hutmacher, The Centered Chef
12:30 p.m. Chef Armando Vasquez, LaScarola Restaurant
1:30 p.m.Jennifer Stoker, At First Bite, LLC, Personal Chef Services
2:30 p.m.Linda Szarkowski, Green Spirit
3:30 p.m.Chef Cesar Pineda, Ciao Amore
The Taste of Chicago runs June 24 - July 3 in Grant Park and offers a total of 59 vendors this year, an increase of seven from last year. Each vendor will serve six items, two of which are special “Taste Of” portions priced at $2 or less. The “Taste Of” portion gives attendees the opportunity to sample a wide variety of items.
Patrons should keep their eyes peeled for the Humana Healthier Choices green apple icon that designates healthy options on the menu boards. There’s also the opportunity to run those calories away at the Humana Race to Taste, Sunday, June 26. Visit www.chicagoracetotaste.us for more info.
Taste aims to enhance the customer experience this year with more dining pavilions and seating throughout the entire event. New Taste parking lots are available for a special discounted rate. Take the free McDonald’s Family Trolley from the Taste lots to the event. See www.tasteofchicago.us for more details, lot locations and maps.
Take public transportation to the Taste. For CTA, RTA and Metra travel routes, call 836-7000 in all Chicago area codes, 312-836-4949 (TTY) or visit www.transitchicago.com.
Hours at the Taste of Chicago are 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. from June 24-July 2 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on July 3. Admission to Taste of Chicago is free. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8 (includes $2 charge for Taste amenities). Purchase food and beverage tickets in advance for only $6 per strip from June 16-23 when you show your Fresh Values Card at Dominick’s. Tickets are $8 per strip from June 24-July 3 while supplies last at Dominick’s.
For more information, visit www.tasteofchicago.us or call 312-742-4387.
Taste of Chicago is presented by the Chicago Park District and by Bud Light, Chicago Tribune, Pepsi, Chicago Transit Authority, United Airlines, V103, Inspiration 1390AM, Dominick's, Eli's Cheesecake Company, E.J. Gallo Winery, Hinckley Springs, Humana, Illinois Lottery, Radio Disney AM 1300 Chicago, Shoreline Sightseeing, 93XRT, CLTV-ChicagoLand's Television, Communications Direct, LaGrou Distribution System, WGN-Television, McDonald’s, Target, Sensodyne, Univision Radio, US99.5, Dyson Air Multiplier Fan, and Healthcraft.
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7,700 acres of parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 natural areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY.