If you have been a long time reader of Felt Like a Foodie, you know this past weekend (September 23-24, 2017) was the event that a lot of us live for every year.  Chicago Gourmet, created by the Illinois Restaurant Association 10 years ago, showcases the very best of  Chicago’s culinary world in the beautiful setting of Millenium Park.  Having been recnently named the Restaurant City of the Year by sponsor Bon Appétit magazine, I knew this was going to be a delicious weekend. I not only learned where I want to eat this next year but how I may want to incorporate some of theRead More →

One of the best parts of spring is it seems to launch the food festival season. Whether you live in a huge city like Chicago or one of the smaller suburbs, odds are you will find a tasty outing within your reach. If you have never gone to one and are a little intimidated, it is time for you to get your feet (or is it fork) wet! The Taste of Michiana will be taking place Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5-8 PM (Eastern Time) at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana. (And for my Chicago readers, this is a great way to peruseRead More →

As much as I hate talking about politics and would rather talk about food, I can’t get past today without pointing out the very obvious…it is Election Day. My husband and I went out and voted this morning. The line got long fast (2 of the 7 machines were already down). As more people would enter, I would see some familiar faces like my doctor, my mailman and police officer I know. It was starting to look like a Village People concert…even if they had broken out into a verse of YMCA….it wouldn’t have been the most abnormal thing I’ve seen during this election. AsRead More →

“Deck the table with balls of meat Falalalalalalala Really so good no one will leave their seat Falalalalalalala There’ll be none in your trash barrel Falalalalalalala I’d even share them with my sister Cheryl Falalalalalalala” I think one of my (and my sister’s) favorite parts of the holiday season is the excuse to make a lot of little plates. Whether you see them as appetizers, tapas, hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouches, or stuff on a stick; they are truly the highlight of my Christmas time treats. I like Christmas trees made out of cheese, peppers shaped liked gifts and strawberries with Santa beards. The anticipation of seeingRead More →

Yesterday night we blew into Chicago to enjoy the Ninth Annual CHILL event presented by Luxe Home in the Merchandise Mart. (For those of you who don’t live in Midwest, we were having 30-40 mile wind gusts so we literally blew into the city!) This was my fifth year enjoying the event that benefits The Lynn Sage Foundation, Respiratory Health Association and Saturday Place and I must say this was year was one of the best. (Okay, I say that every year but that means it gets better and better!) Each boutique we walked into seemed like a new adventure. There were mariachi bands, fantasticRead More →

When I walk down the streets of Chicago, my imagination goes wild. I look at the different buildings and wonder what unhidden treasures lay beyond the walls. I try to figure out if the structure is a residence, business or BOTH! It seems like you could walk past one building and realize it is composed of many different things. So when I was invited to go have dinner at Maxwell’s at the Club, which is just IN the East Bank Club, (500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago) I was perplexed. I thought the East Bank Club was a private sports/fitness complex. I didn’t think there wasRead More →

Did you ever go to an amusement park as a kid? Do you remember that feeling of excitement and joy when you walk through the gate? How about the anticipation before you even get there? I think that sums up how I feel each year at Chicago Gourmet. (“Produced by the Illinois Restaurant Association, title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Chicago Gourmet 2015 is one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated culinary events. “) As I walked into Millennium Park this weekend, I had to just take a moment and gasp. It was like a wonderland of 150Read More →

I am a subscriber to Food & Wine magazine and read it each month from cover to cover. I read the editorials, recipes and I look at who advertises in the publication. One of the things that has drove me nuts for years was seeing the promotions for their Food + Wine Festivals. They would have these awesome chef-centric and food gatherings everywhere….South Beach, New York, Cancun, Nashville to name a few places.  But what about Chicago????? I would look at all the pictures of the people eating, drinking and being merry. I want to be merry. I want to toss my head back laughingRead More →

Most of my reader’s know that I rarely if ever write up a post BEFORE an event happens. I usually like to write from my personal experience and go from there. (Let’s face it…I’m a story teller not a reporter.) So after I wrote the piece about Chef Sarah Stegner earlier this week, I felt I really wanted to promote the Green City Market BBQ that is being thrown next week, July 16, 2015. (Click here for ticket information.) Unless you live under a rock, you know this year in the Midwest the weather has been unusually wet and cold. It is making the yearRead More →

Do you ever have a place where you just feel a sense of comfort? It could be the familiar smells of delicious food or maybe just the surroundings are something that brings you happiness. It could be the faces you look forward to seeing or maybe it is just a setting that is warm and inviting. For me the event called CHILL presented by LuxeHome on Thursday, November 13, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago gives me that sense of comfort and joy. This was the eighth year of the event (my fourth) and I want to say it was one of the best onesRead More →