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Forage For Food In The Woods With The 'Queen Of Midwestern Cuisine'

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 12, 2015 1:45PM

Chef Regan with some foraged goodies.

The accolades keep pouring in for Chef Iliana Regan, the force behind Elizabeth Restaurant in Lincoln Square. She's got a Michelin star, glowing reviews and Chicago Magazine just called her "The Queen of Midwestern Cuisine" in a massive profile piece. If you're a food geek, you've probably eaten at her restaurant. But have you been out to the woods with her?

Regan's food is largely based around foraging. From the very beginning, she's collected ingredients from the woods around Chicago, hunted large animals with her bow, and speared frogs with forks- all to put on the table at the restaurant. It's the ultimate in local cuisine. And now you can go into the woods with her for a foraging trip.

Tickets were released this morning for a special outing on Sept. 27. Participants will strap on their hiking boots, pocket knives and bug spray and drive into the woods on an all-day adventure to collect mushrooms and other goodies. The $100 ticket includes transportation, snacks, drinks and lunch, as well as the unique opportunity to learn about nature from the Queen herself.

To buy tickets, create an account on Elizabeth's page. Click on tickets, then go to Sept. 27—there will be a 9 a.m. ticket time that isn't a normal dinner if any tickets are still available. We'd suggest buying quickly, since they will certainly sell out fast.