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News Fri Apr 16 2010

"Not the Taste of Chicagoland"

The City has banned suburban restaurants from the Taste of Chicago this year. Apparently, this is the culmination of a decision three years ago.

Special Events Director Megan McDonald said Taste of Chicago vendors were put on notice about the policy change in 2007.

They were given a "very generous" three-year grace period to come into compliance by establishing a Chicago location for at least one year prior to the June 25-to-July 4 event.

The edict, clearly stated in the vendor application, was also hammered home at mandatory vendor meetings. Five suburban restaurant failed to come into compliance.

"I felt very strongly that we needed to get back to the true sense of what Taste of Chicago is. It's meant to promote Chicago restaurants," McDonald said.

What do you think? Should Taste of Chicago be limited only to restaurants with locations in the city?

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MonicaW / April 16, 2010 6:41 PM

I would have been more interested in fastfood being banned.

Jennifer / April 16, 2010 11:20 PM

I have no problem with it. It kind of is reminiscent of the past. However, we do have a recession and it would be like the generous nature of Chicagoans to include them...

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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