2009 Chicago Gourmet event builds on ...

2009 Chicago Gourmet event builds on '08 success

There are 8 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 8, 2009, titled 2009 Chicago Gourmet event builds on '08 success. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Chicago Gourmet fest will return for a second year in September, featuring more food, more participating chefs -- frankly, more of everything.

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Shane

New York, NY

#1 Jul 9, 2009
The fact that you didn't mention what a disaster last year was makes me question your journalistic integrity. It will be interesting to see how ticket sales go in this environment. I'm going to hold out for 1/2 price tickets like many did last year.
Right on Shane

United States

#2 Jul 9, 2009
I 100% agree. I was less than pleased when I paid full-price for advance tickets and then found out that due to low ticket sales, the prices dropped drastically closer to the event.

I also question the fact that the article states that last year's festival had more food than any similar one elsewhere. Really, the Aspen Food and Wine Festival could somehow have LESS food than last year's debacle?

My entire group had to go out to eat last year since there was such a limited amount of food available. That, and approximately 3 tables of 4 chairs for the entire festival.
Bill Lewis

Chicago Heights, IL

#4 Jul 9, 2009
As he did on the food blog last year, Phil Vettel is being a shill and an apologist for an overpriced and underplanned event. Please, Phil, look the definition of gourmet up before you write about how much food there should be at a gourmet festival. Or, change the name of the event to Chicago Wine Festival, since Vettel and Bill Daley think the event last year was so great.

The spokesmodel interviewed was much more honest in their assessment of last year's event. I welcome the idea of the pavillions, and I hope there are some places to sit. I still don't see anything about table service, which for $120, I think should be included.

I share the experiences of the first two posters to this thread. I felt ripped off last year, having paid full price for the event.
Chicago Female

Chicago, IL

#5 Jul 9, 2009
I was there too - although I had a great time and was pleased with the wine tastings I have to agree - there was very little food. The times the chefs acutally brought things out the lines were insanely long. I also heard from a friend who worked the event last year that a good deal of vendors delcined to participate this year due to increased fees. So far an improvement doesn't look likely for this year and I doubt I will attend unless prices drop drastically.
Vinny

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 9, 2009
I also remember reading about how disorganized it was and the lack of food.

If you have that much money to spend are are truly interested in the local chefs, then your best bet is to frequent one of their restaurants.

All you're doing by participating in this event is lining daley's pockets.
TEEE

Lombard, IL

#7 Jul 21, 2009
Shane wrote:
The fact that you didn't mention what a disaster last year was makes me question your journalistic integrity. It will be interesting to see how ticket sales go in this environment. I'm going to hold out for 1/2 price tickets like many did last year.
How did you find 1/2 price tickets???
TEEE

Lombard, IL

#8 Jul 21, 2009
how did you find 1/2 price tickets??
LizB

Pittsburgh, PA

#9 Jul 22, 2009
Wow - I was just about to purchase tickets online, but hesitated. After reading these comments, I'm going to wait for more information - and frankly, see if ticket price does drop - $120 is a lot of dough for what may be a questionable event. Their Web site doesn't even have a schedule posted yet - the entire site looks pretty remedial, frankly.

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