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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann



Tastemaker Tour, the ultimate culinary house party, has announced an expanded four-city tour for 2019. Following two sold-out debut events in 2018, Tastemaker will return to Toronto and Chicago, and add Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tennessee to the schedule. Hosted by each city’s favorite chefs, mixologists, and producers, Tastemaker will bring a new type of immersive culinary experience with food, drink and music at its core to some of North America’s best culinary destinations.

The heart of Tastemaker, like any good party, is in the Tastemaker Kitchen—an open, collaborative space where the best chefs from each city (as well as a few brought along  from other tour stops) will pair up and blend their unique styles to produce one-of-a-kind dishes and menus that reflect the city on a plate. With a rotation of DJs spinning throughout the day and night from inside the kitchen, guests can hit the dance floor while tasting unique creations and mixing with culinary tastemakers.

The same rules apply at Tastemaker’s very own drinks cabinet, The Tastemaker Bar—a craft cocktail hub bringing together the city’s mixologists to put fresh local twists on all the classics. Also joining the party is a curated selection of more than 30 restaurants, wineries, breweries, and producers that guests can discover while exploring Tastemaker’s immersive home for the weekend.

“We wanted to create a different type of culinary experience for a younger, more adventurous eater that authentically represents each local food scene, while showcasing and blending its flavors in a fresh, exciting way,” said Judy Merry, Culinary Director of IMG. “We’re creating the environment and the vibe, and then handing the keys over to both local and out-of-town chefs, restaurants, mixologists, and producers to let their creativity run wild. The goal is to offer an accessible, interactive, and inclusive experience that takes eating and drinking to another level.”

Tastemaker is created by IMG, an Endeavor company and the team behind some of the most popular culinary events around the globe, including Taste Festivals, The World Restaurant Awards, The Big Feastival and Gourmet Escape. The events give guests a unique all-inclusive experience where they can enjoy food, drink, and entertainment, in a unique setting from just $55, and is for ages 21 and over.

Evergreen Brick Works

May 10-12

5 Sessions

Purchase tickets HERE

Chefs include: Patrick Kriss (Alo) Paula Navarette (Momofuku Kōjin), Brandon Olssen (La Banane), Nick Lui (DaiLo)

Washington Market Dock 5

July 12-13

4 Sessions

Tickets available May 21

Chefs include: Edward Lee (Succotash), Johnny Spero (Reverie), Roberto Santibañez (Mi Vida), Abe Conlon (Fat Rice, CHI),

Revel Fulton Market

August 16-18

5 sessions

Tickets available June 13

Chefs include: Noah Sandoval (Oriole),Laetitia Rouabah (Benoit, NY), Erling Wu (Pacific Standard Time), Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza)

Marathon Music Works

October 11-12

4 Sessions

Tickets available August 21

Chefs include: Katie Coss (Husk), Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House) Pat Martin (Martin’s Bar-B-Que), Michael Hunter (Antler, Toronto)

Evergreen Brick Works

November 14-17

5 Sessions

Tickets available September 15

Chef participants include: Grant Van Gameren (Bar Isabel), Victor Barry (Piano Piano), Rob Gentile (Buca), Hans Vogel (Momofuku Noodle Bar)

Instagram: @tastemaker

Facebook: @tastemakertour

Twitter: @tastemaker_tour

About IMG:

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events, and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media, and licensing for brands, sports organizations, and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor network.


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