City gets taste of the Taste over lunch

June 10, 2009 (CHICAGO) Vendors sold menu items priced from $2 to $5 at the preview, which was held at Daley Plaza. (2009 LIST OF TASTE VENDORS)

The selection included a new spin on an old favorite. Chicago staple Garrett's Popcorn will be featuring a popcornsicle, which is a caramel and cheese corn mix that's flash frozen on a stick. The popcorn balls are dipped to order in liquid nitrogen.

Blue Bayou, a new addition to the taste this year, will be serving up jambalaya, cornbread with honey chili butter and gator sausage on a stick.

Another Louisiana-influenced cuisine featured was Lagniappe. Catfish po'boys and crawfish boil are specialties they've been serving at the Taste for about 10 years.

Sabor Latino previewed Spanish-style steak and pork-filled banana dumplings, while Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen opted not to showcase their popular turkey legs. Instead they offered barbeque brisket sandwiches and cherry pie squares, but the turkey legs will be available at the Taste.

Arya Bhavan offered samosas made of crisp patties with potatoes, peas, coriander and spices.

p> This year, all booths at the taste will be offering smaller, "taste portions."

More than 50 restaurants will be featured at the Taste of Chicago.

The 29th annual Taste of Chicago runs June 26 to July 5.

For more information on the Taste of Chicago, please visit www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html.

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