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10 Best Bites at Chicago Gourmet 2019

10 Best Bites at Chicago Gourmet 2019

This year Chicago Gourmet marked a special occasion for my husband and I, our first day/night alone in Chicago since bringing home our baby girl. My parents were gracious enough to watch our daughter so we could have an inaugural “Parent’s Day” to celebrate nearly 9 months of parenthood and spend some special time together in our own city, just the two of us! Last year I was pregnant, so I was really looking forward to trying all the food and beverages that were on my “off-limits” list in 2018.

We would highly recommend Chicago Gourmet as one of the best “day dates” the city has to offer every fall and wanted to share some of our favorite items we tried this year!

Tolari Italian at the Ritz

Braised short rib, credenza cheese and house made giardiniera and arugula

Braised short rib, credenza cheese and house made giardiniera and arugula

Bruschetta layered with fresh stracciatella cheese and topped with dates pistachios and honey

Bruschetta layered with fresh stracciatella cheese and topped with dates pistachios and honey

Homemade ramen noodles with pork loin, wakame seaweed, scallions, French onions, red ginger and sesame sauce  Kizuki Bun – Japanese Kurobuta sausea, takuan (Japanese picke daikon), crispy Kizu ramen noodle, kizuki wasabi mayo and okonomiyaki sauce

Homemade ramen noodles with pork loin, wakame seaweed, scallions, French onions, red ginger and sesame sauce

Kizuki Bun – Japanese Kurobuta sausea, takuan (Japanese picke daikon), crispy Kizu ramen noodle, kizuki wasabi mayo and okonomiyaki sauce

Cheesecake in a cup

Cheesecake in a cup

Gazpacho with king crab

Gazpacho with king crab

Shrimp lettuce wrap with crispy puffed rice

Shrimp lettuce wrap with crispy puffed rice

Salmon tartar with fresh dill

Salmon tartar with fresh dill

Hoisin glazed pork spare ribs with soba noodles and pho flavors

Hoisin glazed pork spare ribs with soba noodles and pho flavors

Shrimp and grits with yaya sauce

Shrimp and grits with yaya sauce

20 Essential Baby Items

20 Essential Baby Items