Chicago O’Hare Serves Up Dishes From James Beard Award Winners This Month

by Anthony Losanno

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Chicago is home to some of the greatest restaurants in the country. It’s cuisine is a lot more than beef and deep dish pizza (which I can’t stand). When I moved from the NYC area nine years ago, Chicago was one of the few cities that would cut it for me and now I live in the thick of the best restaurants in the West Loop. The James Beard Awards moved its ceremony to Chicago several years back. They are June 3rd to 5th this year. During the month of May, Chicago O’Hare International Airport has been highlighting some James Beard Award-winning chefs, bakers, and restaurateurs that also have outposts at the airport. Some of these have past, but you can still enjoy the food in the airport outlets.

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless was first up with a guacamole demonstration. He also gave away 50 copies of his newest cookbook: More Mexican Everyday. Rick opened Tortas Frontera at O’Hare in 2011. These are some of the best spots in any airport for a quick bite. There are three locations: Terminal 1, Gate B11; Terminal 3, Gate K4; Terminal 5, Gate M18.

Summer House Santa Monica

Matt Bonanno, the founder of Napa Valley’s BonAnno Vintners, held a tasting of the Summer House Rosé, which is made exclusively for Summer House Santa Monica (my full review of brunch at the Lincoln Park restaurant can be found here). I stop by the airport outpost located in the Terminal 2, Main Hall for chicken sandwiches and cookies frequently. Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants opened Summer House Santa Monica at O’Hare in 2016.

Publican Quality Bread ORD

Yesterday, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan and James Beard Award-winning baker Greg Wade were dishing out samples of Spring Tartine with Asparagus, Pea Shoots, and Pecorino made on Publican Quality Bread at the Terminal 3, Gate K1 location. Several lucky travelers also got copies of one of their cookbooks, Cheers to the Publican, Cooking for Good Times, or Bread Head. One Off Hospitality opened Publican Tavern at O’Hare in 2016. The original location is great (and only a few blocks from my home).

Lettuce Entertain You ORD

Finally, James Beard Award-winning chefs, Ozzie Ocegueda and Ben Goodnick of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants will be preparing samples of Summer House Santa Monica’s popular cauliflower hummus and an ahi tuna and watermelon tostada. This takes place at Summer House in Terminal 2, Main Hall on Tuesday, May 30th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

(Photo Credits: O’Hare International Airport.)

Anthony’s Take: If you’re flying through O’Hare on Tuesday, stop by for this tasting. If not, I cannot recommend Tortas Frontera and Summer House Santa Monica enough for meals and snacks at anytime.

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