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Chicago Taste Talks All Star BBQ boasts stellar line up

Taste Talks All Star BBQ
Taste Talks

Chicago has a vast and acclaimed culinary scene. For the first time, Taste Talks will come to Chicago on October 3-5. This food festival offers a variety of seminars, panels and tastings throughout the weekend. The event culminates with an All Star BBQ.

The All Star BBQ features some of the country's top chefs in an one of a kind tasting event. The theme to the barbeque is "Grilling Big Things." The themes was inspired by Chef Paul Kahan's massive whole swordfish at the Green City Market BBQ in July. Participating chefs can interpret the theme in their own way.

“We’re ecstatic to bring Taste Talks to Chicago, will make the All Star BBQ an event not be missed. We’re bringing some of the greatest chefs in the world to collaborate on their signature styles and dishes to create one of the most exciting tastings the city has ever seen.” Stedman said at last night’s Taste Talks Kick-Off. Attendees to the kick-off enjoyed a taste of some of the world-class panels coming in October, with a roundtable discussion moderated by Michael Ciapciak, owner of Bang Bang Pie, discussing “Changing the Face of a City Block” with Anne Owen of Owen + Alchemy, Danny Shapiro of Slippery Slope, and Noelle DiPrizio of Chicago Distilling (not to mention snacks courtesy of Bang Bang and drinks courtesy of Chicago Distilling).

The All Star BBQ will feature two separate tasting periods. The tasting periods are 1-4pm or 5-8pm on Sunday, October 5th. The event will be held at Palmer Square.

Chefs slated to cook at the event include:

  • Alberta, Canada’s Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, the Executive Co-Chefs of CHARCUT Roast House, one of Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants according to Huffington Post
  • Toronto’s Matty Matheson from Parts & Labour; one of the youngest chefs at the BBQ and co-founder of successful Group of Seven Chefs
  • New York’s Amanda Cohen from Dirt Candy; named “Best New Vegetarian Restaurant” by Time Out New York
  • Philadelphia’s Marc Vetri from Vetri Ristoranti; a James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic
  • San Francisco/New York’s Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina; A James Beard Award Winner for Rising Star Chef; the Brooklyn Taste Talks curator is heading to Chicago to throw down in this All Star BBQ too
  • Lee Woolen from Boka; previously named ‘Breakout Chef of the Year’ by Time Out Chicago
  • Stephanie Izard from Girl and the Goat; a James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef in the Great Lakes region
  • Edward Kim from Mott Street; which was named a best new restaurant by both Chicago Magazine and Bon Appétit
  • Jason Hammel from Lula Café; a recent recipient of’s Rising Stars award
  • Rick Bayless from Frontera Grill; A Chicago legend and master of Mexican Cuisine, a multiple James Beard award winner several times over
  • Paul Kahan from Blackbird and avec; Curator of Chicago Taste Talks, and one of the most renowned chefs in the country rounds out our list; a multiple time James Beard winner as well, most recently in 2013 when named Outstanding Chef

Tickets for the All Star BBQ are $40 a ticket. The ticket includes a sampling from all the chefs listed above. Tickets are non-refundable and can be purchased online.

Taste Talks offer three days of events in addition to the All Star BBQ. For more information on Taste Talks and the various events, please visit

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