Chef BBQ Benefit to feature Rick Bayless and other celebrity chefs

This news release popped up in my inbox this week and I just wanted to share. How awesome does this sound? Take a peek at some of the top restaurants that will be there. Look at some of the chefs who will be there. Sure to be a spectacular event. Get your tickets today for this foodie highlight of the summer!


Bruce Sherman , Carrie Nahabedian, Rick Bayless and Sarah Stegner Join Nearly 100 of the City’s Finest Chefs and Farmers to Create Best Culinary Event of The Summer

CHICAGO, IL, June 17, 2014–Green City Market will be hosting its 14th annual Chef BBQ Benefit, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 in Lincoln Park, featuring the who’s who of Chicago’s culinary scene.  All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the market with nearly 100 chefs and restaurants creating culinary magic. In addition to food, locally made craft beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Advance tickets are available at Green City Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on its website at General admission tickets are $125; VIP tables are available for $2,500 for 10 people. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as this event has sold out in past years.
            “The Chef BBQ is one of the most anticipated events of the summer and a great time to celebrate all of the amazing food and talent this city has to offer,” said Sarah Stegner, co-president of the Green City Market board and chef/partner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook. “The Chef BBQ is very important to the operations of the market. It raises much needed money to support our operations. The market is funded by such donations and grants. We are thankful that it has grown to be one of Chicago’s most popular summer events. Our guests get to experience what truly ‘local farm to table’ is while helping to make it all possible.”
Exciting highlights for the BBQ include:
·         Ina Pinkney; Barry Sorkin, Smoque; and Rob Levitt, Butcher and Larder are teaming up for the first time.
·         New additions to the chef lineup this year include: Tremaine Atkinson Co-founder/Distiller and JP Doiron, CH Distillery; Giuseppe Scurato, Ceres’ Table;  Michael Sheerin, Cicchetti; Ken Carter, Gather; Nathan Sears, The Radler.

“The Green City Market BBQ is the not to be missed event of the year for almost every single person I know,” said Jason Hammel, chef and co-owner of Lula Café and Nightwood. “Sous chefs, pastry chefs, executive chefs, cooks, managers, artisans, farmers—so many who contribute to our great Chicago restaurant scene will be there.  Look around that night and you'll see a community paying homage to the mission and vision of Abby Mandel, who saw so much potential in our city and the bounty of our local farms.”

See Below for a full list of some of Chicago’s top restaurants and breweries that will have a presence at the BBQ:

676 restaurant
GT Fish & Oyster
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Atwood Café
Half Acre Beer Company
Seasons Soda
August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Bar Toma
Hickory Creek Winery
Shaw's Chicago
Bell's Brewery
Honey Butter Fried Chicken & Sunday Dinner Club
SmallBar Division
Benny's Chop House
Intelligentsia Coffee & Kilogram Tea
Smoque and Ina's
Big Jones
Big Star
Lakeshore Beverage
Sparrow Coffee Roastery
Bistronomic/LM Restaurant Group
Laughing Bird
Spiaggia/Cafe Spiaggia
Butcher & Larder
Limelight Catering
Table, Donkey and Stick
Cafe des Architectes
Lula Cafe
Tekla, Inc
Capriole, Inc. & Tekla, Inc.
Metropolitan Brewing
Terzo Piano
Ceres’ Table
Midwest Wine Selections
The Bristol
CH Distillery
mk The Restaurant
The Chopping Block
Chilam Balam, Shaman by
New Holland Brewing Co.
The Dawson
Nico Osteria
The Gage
Convito Cafe & Market
The Goddess & Grocer
Cookies and Carnitas
NoMI Kitchen
The Publican
Crop To Cup / Asi Tea
North Pond Restaurant
The Publican
North Shore Distillery
The Radler
deca restaurant
One Off Hospitality Group
The Signature Room at the 95th
Eli's Cheesecake
Park Grill at Millennium Park
Three Floyds Brewpub
Farmhouse Tavern
Pecking Order
Forbidden Root Brewery
Perennial Virant
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Fox Valley Winery, Inc
Piece Brewery
Uncommon Ground
Fresh Coast Distributors, Lehman's cider, Quincy St. Distillery
Prairie Grass Cafe
Frontera Grill
Virtue Cider
Quince at the homestead
Goose Island Beer Company
Red door

About Green City Market
Green City Market is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization celebrating its 16th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market values education about quality food and its source. Green City Market is funded by individual donations, corporation sponsorships, grants and fund raising events.