Chicago to host gourmet festival

Chefs from across the city were on hand for the announcement of the first Chicago Gourmet, a festival celebrating the finest in food, wine and culinary artistry.

The three-day event will offer tastings and demonstrations. Mayor Daley is chairman of the event host committee.

Also on hand was the president of the Culinary Institute of America who is already a big Chicago fan.

"The Culinary Institute of America, the CIA, we love Chicago, such a fabulous city, and I couldn't agree with the mayor more in saying that Chicago is one of the greatest restaurant cities in the world," said Tim Ryan, president, Culinary Institute of America.

Chicago gourmet will be held at Millennium Park from September 26 - 28. It will be produced by the Illinois Restaurant Association and the Anton Family Foundation.

A one-day, general admission pass is $150. A two-day, general admission weekend pass will cost $250.

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