Start detoxing now for the weekend of Sept. 24. It's going to be three day of face-stuffing, and it should be good.
First up: The Chicago Food Film Festival, a two-day affair, gets under way that Friday at the MCA Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard. Six short food-related films will be paired with related fare -- oysters, ice cream, cheese curds and more. The fest's second day pairs meaty, boozy films with burgers from Michael Kornick and his DMK Burger Bar.
Oh, and speaking of burgers: Also on Sept. 24, there is the Hamburger Hop, a 15-chef burger contest on the rooftop of the Harris Theatre, to kick off the third annual Chicago Gourmet food and wine festival in Millenium Park.
Fest organizers just released the full, jaw-dropping schedule for Saturday and Sunday, and it's thick with chefs on everyone's hot list, plus some celeb out-of-towners, including Jacques Torres, Cat Cora, Marcus Samuelsson and Fabio Viviani.
There are deals to be had when buying tickets for either the Chicago Food Film Fest or Chicago Gourmet.
For the film fest, you can get $5 off tickets ($10 off VIP passes) to the film fest when you go to chicagofoodfilmfestival.com/tickets.html and use the code "WOOLWICH" at checkout. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
For Chicago Gourmet, you can score free entry --a $150 value -- by, um, eating more. Specifically, by eating at five of the participating restaurants in the Dine Around program, then bringing those five receipts with you to Millenium Park.