The kitchen is statistically the most dangerous room in a home because it contains the highest concentration of knives, open flames, and pots full of semi-living lobsters. Learn to cook somewhere else with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission and 21-and-older wristbands for two to the Great American Cooking Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace (a $30 total value). Choose between the following dates:
- Friday, March 11, 2011
- Saturday, March 12, 2011
The fourth annual exhibition will feature two days of live demonstrations by celebrated local food artists and more than 140 tasty, sample-heavy booths featuring gourmet food, wine, and beer exhibitors, including Sartori Foods, Kendall Jackson Winery, and Two Brothers Brewing Company.
The demonstrations, open to all expo attendees, include tips and tricks for each meal of the day (dinner, breakfast, Nash, and Young), as well as advice on menu planning and pairing food with wine. The expo has strollable beer and wine gardens in which tenderfoot sommeliers can sample more than 200 vintages or sip on libations from 70 premium brewers and spirit assemblers including Guiness, Half Acre and Svedka Vodka. Aspiring chefs age 12 and younger are free with adult admission.
The Great American Cooking Expo
The Great American Cooking Expo presents "It's Just a Taste: Food and Wine Festival" brings together celebrity chefs, culinary trendsetters, and food and wine connoisseurs for two days of eating, drinking, and education. The event fills Arlington Park Racecourse’s 50,000 square feet with delicious aromas generated by more than 100 exhibitors, who alternate between demonstrating advanced techniques and providing tasty morsels and wine samples for the crowds. While professionals show off the methods that produce exceptional flavors, more than 25 premium beverage manufacturers offer up the perfect wines to pair. They provide more than 125 wines to sample, along with ample spirits and cordials.
The event’s organizers hope to provide more than fleeting culinary satisfaction. They also organize stations to help generate menu ideas, teach specific recipes, or inspire visitors to find the perfect gift for a culinary-inclined friend, whether it’s a set of new pots or a kidnapped celebrity chef.
100 Drury Ln.
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181Get Directions