Is there any smell as anticipated as the summer's first ribbons of smoke wafting from a backyard barbecue? Just one sniff conjures thoughts of tasty ribs, baked beans, cold drinks, patios and warm summer nights. Kick off the 2010 grilling season with a smorgasbord of smoky events.
Tickets went on sale earlier this week for the much-anticipated 10th annual Green City Market Chef BBQ. The picnic will be held in Lincoln Park on Thursday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and while the summer may still seem far away, tickets have sold out quickly in the past. This year, the event will showcase the talents of 80 chefs (up from 65 last year) all using ingredients from the market. Participating restaurants include the crew from Avec and Blackbird, Coco Pazzo, Frontera Grill, Blue 13, mk, NAHA, Piccolo Sogno, Purple Pig, Spiaggia, Smoque BBQ, The Girl And The Goat, Sprout and more. Locally made beers, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will also be served. Tickets are available online, at all Illinois Spice House locations and at the information table of the Green City Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are $100 for adults, including all food and beverages, and $25 for children ages 2-12 (children's tickets are not available online and can be purchased through the Green City Market's office). Call (773) 880-1266 for more information or to purchase tickets.