VIEW SCHEDULE: Reimagined Taste of Chicago To Offer Virtual Cooking Demos, Music Events

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Foodies can still take part in Taste of Chicago this summer...online. 

Mayor Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Thursday the reimagined “Taste of Chicago To-Go" from July 8-12 that will still allow food lovers to enjoy one of the city’s most beloved summertime traditions.

Taste of Chicago To-Go will feature a slate of free public programming including online cooking demonstrations and virtual music and dance events, and a series of “Community Eats” meals from neighborhood restaurants and food trucks for non-profits serving frontline and healthcare workers and community organizations.

According to the Mayor, the expanded Community Eats program encourages Taste of Chicago eateries to host a free, community meal from July 8-12 for neighborhood first responders and community organizations. Following last year’s debut of nine meals, the program this year extends to 21 meals for Advocate Trinity Hospital, Care Kitchen Chicago, Farm on Ogden, La Casa Norte, Lawrence Hall, MADO Healthcare – Douglas Park Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New Covenant Community Development Council, The Night Ministry, The Port Ministries, Salvation Army Freedom Center, South Shore Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council and Westside Health Authority.

“Local restaurants make up the backbone of our neighborhoods – and we're finding creative ways to support both them and the communities they serve while prioritizing health and safety,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “While this year is different for all of us, the spirit of Taste of Chicago lives on with community meals and virtual events showcasing Chicago’s diverse and legendary culinary, music and arts scene.”

Taste of Chicago To-Go online cooking demonstrations will stream at noon each day from Wednesday, July 8, through Sunday, July 12, at youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE. Each demonstration will feature popular local chefs, including Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco, Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pie, Jessica Romanowski of Care Kitchen Chicago, Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen and Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, sharing how to make one of their favorite home dishes.

The Mayor said while food may be the star at Taste, music and dancing are important parts of the experience. 

"SummerDance in Place,” the new, at-home version of Chicago’s social dancing tradition invites Chicagoans to plan smaller, socially distant dance parties in their homes and backyard, on front porches and elsewhere with up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors — and connect via the broadcast or social media. On July 8, the theme is Bollywood & Bhangra with a 30-minute dance lesson by Bollywood Groove, followed by music by DJ iLLEST. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. at youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE.

And if you’re looking for music, don’t miss the “Millennium Park at Home” music series, including the July 9 program with The Braided Janes and Jon Langford. Music starts at 6 p.m. at youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE. Taste of Chicago To-Go Schedule: 

Wednesday, July 8NoonCooking Demonstration: Chef Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco prepares Avocado Flatbread 5:30–7 p.m.SummerDance in Place: Bollywood & Bhangra with Bollywood Groove and DJ iLLESTA new online edition of Chicago’s favorite social dancing tradition. This program also broadcasts and streams on WTTW Prime (11.2). Thursday, July 9NoonCooking Demonstration: Chef Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pie prepares Lemon Lime Cake6–7:30pmMillennium Park at Home: Music Series with The Braided Janes and Jon Langford Friday, July 10NoonCooking Demonstration: Chef Jessica Romanowski of Care Kitchen Chicago prepares Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Cookies Saturday, July 11NoonCooking Demonstration: Chef Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen prepares Salsa Con Queso Sunday, July 12NoonChef Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde prepares Pasta Fredda with Summer Herb Pesto

A local dining guide showcasing this year’s 42 participating eateries is available online, along with the schedule of new and reimagined events, at TasteofChicago.us.