The James Beard Foundation's Taste America Chicago
Subway: Blue to ClintonDinner ticket: $300
Event Info: (312) 322-4269 chicagounionstation.com
Celebrate food in Chicago with the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Chicago weekend on September 20 and 21. Kick off the weekend with the Journey Through the Great Lakes benefit dinner at Chicago's Union Station, featuring a cocktail reception by The Violet Hour at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. Dinner will be prepared by 10 James Beard Award nominees and winners from the Great Lakes area. After dinner, continue the celebration with After Dark. Starting at 9pm, this event features complimentary appetizers and drinks. On Saturday, Sur La Table will host free in-store events, including cookbook signings, local artisanal tastings and cooking demonstrations by chefs Paul Kahan and Richard Blais.