Taste of Burbank, Taste of Chicago, Champagne and Truffle tastings are all the rave across the country. Why should you attend these events? It is like one stop shopping and it tastes so good.
Taste of Burbank
Downtown Burbank recently had its Taste of Burbank to raise funds for the local YMCA. Priced at $30, attendees got the opportunity to taste cuisine of Cuba, Thailand, France and more. Music filled the air while people danced and ate all night long. Portos, Z Pizza, Exotic Thai and many other restaurants in Burbank participated.
Champagne and Truffle Tasting
I recently got the opportunity to attend the Beverly Hills Morton’s Steakhouse Champagne and Truffle tasting. The champagnes featured were Piper Sonoma Brut, Piper Hiedsieck Brut and Piper Hiedsieck Rose Sauvage. Before sampling of the Vosges Truffles, waiters served us with smoked salmon wedges, broiled sea scallops and petite filet mignon sandwiches. All of these appetizers were divine.
Chocolate lovers, contain yourselves, I am moving on to the decadent part. From white truffle ambrosia paired with the Brut to the Naga sweet Indian curry coconut and deep milk chocolate truffle paired with the Rose Sauvage, there are nuisances to discover. Balance your sweeter chocolate with a more dry champagne and the less sweet chocolates with a more smooth champagne. This experience was priced at $45.
In 1980 a group of restaurateurs approached the Mayor of Chicago with the idea of a food festival on the Fourth of July, and Taste of Chicago was born. Inspired by a “build it and they will come” attitude, a $150,000 budget, and confidence the event could attract 75,000 people, plans for the one-day food frenzy got under way. The festival was held in a three-block area of Michigan Avenue bordered by the Chicago River and the upscale stores and buildings that were then beginning to grace the Magnificent Mile; and between the architectural wonders of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower.
It was a huge success, (250,000 attended the first “Taste,” and food and soda sales grossed $330,000) destined to change the way Chicago celebrates the Fourth of July.