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rebecca_1Rebecca Taras, NBC Chicago Street Team


Courtesy of inPLAY events

Courtesy of inPLAY events


Just because festivals are turning a bit more beer and sausage focused in honor of Oktober Fest, doesn’t mean wine lovers won’t find an activity to satisfy their love of the grape. The Windy City Wine Festival takes place in the Daley Bicentennial Plaza this Friday and Saturday, giving you an opportunity to sample from more than 250 wines from around the world.

Of course, to appreciate fine wine, you have to learn about it. Check the event website for the most updated event schedule, which includes cooking demonstrations and wine seminars from local chefs, event sponsors and visiting wineries. Grab a little sustenance from one of the food booths and listen to some local musical entertainment and you might just forget those post-summer blues.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visit www.windycitywinefestival.com for more information.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

A burger is a burger right?  Wrong;  Well, at least not to foodies and culinary experts.  In-fact, I bet that most folks around Chicago can probably tell you where to find their favorite burger, even if they aren’t foodies.  I recently tried a burger that is vying for the “best burger” title at the “Amstel Light Burger Bash” and I liked it.  I really, really liked it.5512207d252591e7d5c632fa8c8135851

Carol Wallack, is the Executive Chef at Sola restaurant and one of two Chicago chefs (Rick Bayless) invited to participate in the “Amstel Ligh Burger Bash” competition.  Hosted by Rachel Ray, the event takes place  in Miami on Thursday February 19th and is part of the 2009 Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival.  The South Beach Festival is one of the premiere culinary and wine events in the country and features some of the biggest culinary stars in the industry. 

Chef Wallack is competing against some top notch chefs, but I think that her “Wagyu Beef Burger” may have a chance.  The signature “Wagyu Burger”, which has taken Chef Wallack over 20 years to perfect, is Allen Brother’s Wagyu Beef, cambazola cheese, house-made bacon, carmelized onions and arugula all squeezed between a soft pretzel roll.  The Chef likes to serve the burger medium, which I normally don’t do, but her suggestion went over very well.  Of course, you can’t have a burger without their truffle fries, which were the perfect complement to the beef.

In celebration of the “Burger Bash”, Sola is serving the delectable burger all weekend  long (February 19th – 22nd).  The burger is normally only served during lunch and dinner on Thursdays and only during lunch on Fridays.

Sola is located at 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 327-3868.  For more information log onto www.sola-restaurant.com.  Watch Fete Select TV on www.efete.net to check out the newest and hottest restaurants in Chicago.

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