We had a friend arrange VIP passes for us to attend the Chicago event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Four Seasons. Since it was a vacation I didn't keep careful notes the way I did in Memphis, and I didn't go out of my way to sample every tasting station once the lines got long. But I still wanted to share a brief photo essay of some of the highlights we experienced.
My favorite presentation was the lunch tray featuring a small, Chicago-style hotdog, empanada, tamale, open-faced head cheese sandwich and tiny Dutch oven of stew.
The pork paella was one of the most intensely satisfying dishes I encountered that evening.
One of the big distractions was the amazing variety of whiskey available for sampling at the event.
The Eagle Rare Manhattans were a highlight of the whiskey selections. I consumed an outrageous quantity of Luxardo cherries.
Like at the Memphis event, there was also an incredible cheese spread for when you had your fill of pork.
Bacon-topped chocolate-covered cheesecake.
This wasn't a vegetarian-friendly event.