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Mar

Eat Green. Feel Good.

This year’s theme at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is Do Green. Do Good. and with our exciting lineup of 2014 Garden Gourmet chefs, show-goers will learn how eating green does the body good.

A Garden Gourmet demonstration at the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

A Garden Gourmet demonstration at the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

Eating green can mean using fruits and vegetables that are in season and preferably organic and locally sourced. It can also mean using greener methods in the kitchen and at the grocery store (BYO-produce bags, anyone?), growing your own ingredients, composting and more.

Delicious dishes sizzled on display at the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

In our specially designed amphitheater, chefs will showcase sumptuous innovative dishes that capture the flavor, color, texture and beauty of fresh ingredients. They will also share tips for growing and using sustainable food, from growing on the rooftop or deck to community gardens. The free 45- to 60-minute Garden Gourmet demonstrations will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the methods that Chicago’s top chefs use, as well as delicious samples, meet and greets and recipes to try at home.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t boast about the top chef talent that will be featured at this year’s show—and the only reservation you need is your general admission ticket! Mariano’s, the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, will feature a number of demonstrations by their chefs, and chefs who regularly shop at Mariano’s stores—”Chicago Tastemakers”—each morning of the Show at 11:30 a.m.

Chef Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco.

Chef Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco.

These Tastemakers include some of the biggest names around, including: Bill Kim of bellyQBelly Shack and urbanbelly; Lorin Adolph. private chef for businessman Sam Zell; Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco; Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due; Rodelio Aglibot of  e+o Food & Drink and Yum Cha; Meg Galus of NoMI Kitchen; and Joseph O’Connor, Mariano’s own executive chef.

Mariano's own Chef Joseph O'Connor.

Mariano’s own Chef Joseph O’Connor.

Is your mouth watering yet? What if we told you there are even more chefs who will hold demonstrations Sunday through Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.?

They include Richie Farina of moto; Tim Havidic of iNG; Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh of The Hearty Boys; Dean Lubbat of Dinotto Ristorante; Dirk and Terry Fucik of Dirk’s Fish; Ruben Izaguirre of The Palm Restaurant; Didier Durand of Cyrano’s Farm & Kitchen; and Sam Netter of Real Urban Barbecue and even more. Check out the Garden Gourmet schedule and start planning your trip—you may even want to come back for seconds.

Chef Bill Kim of bellyQ, Belly Shack and urbanbelly is one of the many Chicago Tastemakers appearing at this year's Garden Gourmet.

Chef Bill Kim of bellyQ, Belly Shack and urbanbelly is one of the many Chicago Tastemakers appearing at this year’s Garden Gourmet.

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We can’t wait to share the sights, sounds and tastes of this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show with you! Get your tickets online before March 15 and save $2 off general admission.

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