Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureaus Chef’s Fest: 15th Annual Event Showcases Local Restaurants and Chefs Rick Tramanto and Joshua Humphrey

Schaumburg, IL – [March 19, 2008]:  There’s no way around it – Chicago loves food.  And with so many tantalizing restaurants in town, it’s hard not to.  With this in mind, the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau is proud to announce its 15th Annual Chef’s Fest which will happen on Tuesday, April 22nd at Arlington Park, Euclid Avenue and Route 53, from 5-8PM. 


This public event is a showcase for restaurants, hotels and bureau members in the northwest Chicago suburban areas, featuring food and events from a number of local restaurants.  Chef’s Fest will also feature guest cooking demonstrations from the popular chefs Rick Tramanto and Joshua Humphrey.  Featured exhibitors include:



AmeriSuites Schaumburg
Arlington Park Racecourse
Barn of Barrington
Belvedere Banquets & Events
Birch River Grille
Blue Fire Grille / Marriott Schaumburg
Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse
Brass Restaurant & Brewery
Cappucino Catering
Champps Americana
Daily Herald
DePaul University
Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern/AH
Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern/Bloom.
Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern/Sch
Golden Bean
Indian Garden
Lafitte’s at Embassy Suites
Legoland Discovery Centre
Lou Malnati’s
Lynfred Winery
Maggiano’s Little Italy
McKenna’s / Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows
Mill Rose Restaurant
Morton’s Steakhouse
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Rainforest Cafe
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Real Time Sports
River City Grille
Rosebud Old World Italian
Sam & Harry’s
Schaumburg Flyers
Sega Gameworks
Sheraton Chicago Northwest
Spring Valley Nature Center & Farm
Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre
Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue
Top Golf Wood Dale
Tre Cena / Hyatt Regency Woodfield
Vittorio De Roma – Italian Bistro
Chandlers (Ala Carte)
Finn McCools (Ala Carte)
Fuego Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
Harper College Culinary
Moretti’s   (Ala Carte)




In addition to samplings from more than 50 local culinary and libation exhibitors, attendees can also enjoy cooking and wine demonstrations.  Chefs’ Fest has even won the award for Illinois’ Best Restaurant Promotion seven times at the Governor’s Tourism Conference.


Featured chef Rick Tramanto is one of Food & Wine’s Top Ten Best New Chefs and the 2002 Best Chef: Midwest Region by The James Beard Foundation.  Tramanto has garnered international attention and a host of prestigious awards for his work at Trio, Brasserie T and his renowned four-star, Relais-Gourmand restaurant Tru in Chicago, which won The James Beard Foundation 2007 Outstanding Service Award.  Tramanto also has a history of television work, including “Oprah,” “Today,” “CBS This Morning” and the Food Network. 


Joshua Humphrey is the executive chef for Sam & Harry’s in Schaumburg, IL, which was recently listed as one of Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants.  In addition, the Chefs in America organization named Humphrey to its roster of top 20 new chefs in Chicago.  Chef Humphrey’s career has taken him across the country to several excellent establishments including the Renaissance Dallas Hotel where he was the chef for the hotel’s specialty restaurant.


The cost is $30 the day of the event or $25 for those who purchase tickets early.  Parking is free.  There is also a Food Drive that will accept non-perishable food for those in need.  For more information, visit www.ChicagoNorthwest.com or call (847) 490-1010. 


About Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau

The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau is an organization dedicated to promoting events and bringing attention to the many features and attractions in Chicago’s northwest suburban region.  The Bureau maintains the Greater Woodfield Visitor Information Center and also handles pre- and post-event planning and events promotion.   They also produce a variety of publications which can be offered to groups such as Explore Visitors Magazine which highlights restaurants, attractions, and contains a calendar of events.  More information about the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau is available at www.ChicagoNorthwest.com or by calling (800) 847-4849.



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