Crosstown Culinary Classic

June 15, 2009 9:50:42 AM PDT
The highlight of the summer for some Chicago baseball fans is the Crosstown Classic, a 6-game series between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs. The first game in the series is Tuesday, June 16 at Wrigley Field. To celebrate the series, two Chicago chefs, one a Sox fan and the other a Cubs fan, will face off in the kitchen of the Four Seasons, Chicago on Friday, June 19. The Crosstown Culinary Classic benefits Common Threads, (www.commonthreads.org) a non-profit organization that educates Chicago youth on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity through cooking. Common Threads touches nearly 1,000 children annually from Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods.

The Southside and Northside rivalry heats up as Four Seasons Hotel Executive Chef Kevin Hickey ? serving up for the White Sox ? and Cubs Fan Chef Giuseppe Tentori of Boka (www.bokachicago.com) attempt to put their personal spins on ballpark snacks. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a Ballpark Reception showcasing fine dining versions of fan favorites including Kobe Beef Hot Dogs, Lobster Corn Dogs with Caviar Ravioli and Braised Goat Sliders with Moroccan Barbecue Sauce.

At 7 p.m., watch the kitchen active live broadcast by ABC 7 Sports Anchor Jim Rose on flat screen televisions throughout the Seasons restaurant as Hickey and Tentori serve up a culinary field of dreams. The evening culminates with the Bleacher Sweets Reception featuring "Caramel Corn" "Funnel Cakes" and "Champagne and Beer Floats" and more of America's favorite pastime's treats.

A silent auction will feature autographed Cubs and White Sox memorabilia, culinary experiences and baseball-themed getaways to destinations such as Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C and Boston in partnership with American Airlines.

Tickets are $200 for the four-course dinner. Price include gratuity. For reservations, please call Common Threads at 312 329 2501 ext. 204 or visit www.commonthreads.org.

Crosstown Culinary Classic

Friday, June 19 Four Seasons, Chicago 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner 312. 329. 2501 ext. 204 www.commonthreads.org.

CROSSTOWN CLASSIC 2009

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs 2009 Schedule

Wrigley Field June 16, 17, 18

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox 2009 Schedule

US Cellular Field June 26, 27, 28

CROSSTOWN CULINARY CLASSIC RECIPES

If you'd like a taste of the Crosstown Culinary Classic at home, try these recipes shared by Chef Kevin Hickey and Chef Giuseppe Tentori

Shortrib Meatball Sliders

Horseradish Aioli

Semolina Goat Cheese Croquette

Caramel Pop Corn

Champagne Strawberry Bubble Float


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