Declining attendance and profits in previous years lead to a historic change to the world’s largest food festival – a shortened change. This year’s taste only spanned 5 days. Though this wasn’t our first time attending the Taste, it was our first time attending as Chicagoans. As a result, we pledged to enjoy the entirety of the Taste throughout 3 of the 5 days instead of stuffing ourselves in one visit.
We walked to Grant Park to join Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson for the opening festivities, who did a fantastic job! She included a beautiful and lively tribute to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson that caused all to Want to Dance With Somebody! I spy spotted an old friend, Marcus Phillips, playing bass for Jennifer Hudson.
It rained. However, it didn’t stop us and clearly most others. Our strategy: sample the taste portions of all that we wanted to determine what we’d have a full portion of on our Day 3 following the Chaka Khan concert. (Forgive Day 2’s low quality pictures as we took the camera that if got wet wouldn’t really hurt our feelings.)
*tortilla encrusted tilapia taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
*tequila lime marinated grill chicken breast taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
*house special dry ribs – Lao Sze Chuan
From the looks of it, many others declared Iyanze their favorite too!
However, it was their rendition of a classic Jamaican dish that had everyone coming back for more!
Our ride home