by Dwight Casimere
The Merchandise Mart Gala was a showcase for premium home and kitchen boutiques and wineries and restaurants, among them Ernestmeda Kitchen and Bath Design, Fetzer Vineyards and its 100 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel, Geja's Cafe classic Cheese Fondue, Stetson's Chef Isidro Arroyo with his Wagyu Zabutan Steak, Tavern on Rush's Chef John Gatsos with his BBQ Short Rib Sliders, Lion Tamer Napa Valley Red Wine from Hess Collection, Eric Wente and his Murrietta's Well Estate Red Blend from Livermore Valley, Bouchaine Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Lulano Chianti and Ferrari Brut from Italy, Executive Chef Kyle Gieseke from the Willow Room with Butternut Squash/Ricotta Filling, WazWan Supper Club Tandoori Fried Chicken from Chef Zubair Mohajir, The Blue Door's Chef Fernando Orosio with Brussels and Kale Salad, Eddie V's Chef Jose Gonzales with luscious Butter Poached Sea Scallops, Monogram Executive Chef Jon Liddel with Bourbon Chicken Pot Pie, TWO Chef Kevin Cuddihee with Roasted Pork Belly in Peanut Sauce, Revolution Mexican Steakhouse Chef Ruben Juarez and his Crispy Taquitos de Tinga de Pollo and a full Mariachi Band, Fleming's Chef Jose Ortega with his Lobster Sliders and Maple Glazed Slab-Cut Bacon, plus a host of others.
The Twelfth Annual LUXEHOME CHILL at Chicago's Merchandise Mart once again proved its reputation as the city's largest and most luxurious gourmet event. In conjunction with Wine Spectator magazine, the event has raised more than a million dollars for charities throughout Chicagoland.
CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS IN A PREMIUM DESIGN BOUTIQUE KITCHEN AT LUXEHOME
CHALK HILL VINEYARDS WINES OF SONOMA'S RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
(BELOW)TAPEO'S PIMENTAR DE CERDO SMOKED PEPPERED BACON, WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD SAUCE WITH MUSHROOM DUXELLE ON CROSTINI