CHICAGO — This year, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts will add gourmet cooking to its fine-arts-focused, two-day event.
The fest, one of the city's last as the summer festival season winds down, runs Sept. 14-15 and has a $5 suggested donation.
Organizers from the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce said the fest's ninth run will feature works from 175 artists, live music, beer and wine gardens, a block-long garden from Patch Landscaping, a children's area and new cooking demos from local chef and Flavor City blogger Bobby Parrish.
Parrish, who travels around the world shooting cooking videos for Flavor City, chose chefs from local spots Waffles, Revolucion Steakhouse and Bar Pastoral to join him in putting on the free, interactive demos on the fest's second day. American bistro Hutch was originally scheduled for the demos, but organizers said the restaurant will be replaced by D.S. Tequila.
"I hand-selected them because these are ones that I love, and I want them to feature dishes that people in the neighborhood love," said Parrish, himself a resident of Lakeview East.
Those who attend the demos will get a chance to learn how to make dishes and sample them, Parrish said. He plans to team up with the chefs to cook signature restaurant dishes or items that could appear on upcoming fall menus, he said.
"A lot of people think you have to go to River North or Gold Coast to get this kind of food," Parrish said, citing as examples the carefully chosen wines that go into Bar Pastoral's menu or the gourmet concept of Waffles. "We have everything that embodies what the city is in our neighborhood."
The outdoor cooking demos are scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at 3344 N. Broadway, and the general festival takes place along Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Hawthorne Place.
A full music schedule and more information about the fest is available on the festival website.