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Savor Good Food, Beer And Wine At Savour This Thursday

By Lisa White in Food on Sep 2, 2014 8:40PM

(Savour is the charity kickoff event for the Windy City Wine Festival. Photo courtesy of Savour)

As August passes we start to linger over the last days of summer before diving into fall, enjoying evenings outside with a beautiful view of the city and a nice cocktail before we prepare to hibernate in just a few months. If we can help out a worthy cause while enjoying the last few long summer evenings, then even better. So we’re ready to dive in and have a few glasses at Savour this Thursday, the charity evening that kicks off the Windy City Wine Festival this weekend.

As we mentioned earlier this year, Savour is an evening put on by the Grant Park Conservancy and The Trotter Project with a long roster of Trotter alumni, an even longer list of artisanal wine purveyors and sommeliers and lots of local food and beverage faces all coming together to benefit the Conservancy and Trotter Project. Doesn’t hurt that the backdrop for the evening is Buckingham Fountain, as well.

The night will include beverages from a bevy of wine purveyors (obviously) and on hand will be some of the biggest names in the local wine scene, including master sommelier Alpana Singh, wine director and proprietor Elizabeth Mendez of Vera, general manager and partner Michael Muser of Grace, and sommelier and wine director Jennifer Tietz of Tru. If you are feeling more in the mood for a local brew, Revolution, Lagunitas, Begyle and Haymarket Brewery will all be serving up some of their craft beers at the event. And if you drew the short straw and are the DD or simply don’t feel like drinking, Dark Matter will be on hand with their coffee.

Once you’ve had a few glasses, you’ll be able to snag bites from a who’s who of the Chicago culinary world. Participating chefs at Savour include Paul Kahan (a little pork with our wine, we hope), Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster, Chris Pandel of Balena and The Bristol, Bill Kim, Matthias Merges of Yusho, Homaro Cantu, Mindy Segal, Katrina Markoff of Vosges Haut Chocolat and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the current full roster on the Eventbrite page. The Trotter Project did promise back in June to truly bring out a culinary star-studded list for the event, and they more than delivered on that promise. To learn about some of the others in attendance, and a few familiar faces showing their support of the Trotter Project, you can check out the video below.

Savour is this Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. Tickets are $160 (plus $9.79 processing fee) and are still available here. Portions of each ticket are tax deductible as well, since proceeds will benefit both The Trotter Project and the Grant Park Conservancy.