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Taste Of Chicago Pop-Ups A Success

As another Taste of Chicago has wrapped and cleared from Columbus Drive, one of the festival’s newest feature was not only enjoyed by the customers, but also by the restaurateurs.  Presented by WTTW11’s Check, Please!, the Taste Pop-Ups were a hit!

“I was thrilled that the Pop-Up restaurants at the Taste of Chicago was such a huge success”, said David Manilow, Creator & Executive Producer of Check, Please!, who curated the featured pop-up restaurants.  “It gave attendees a chance to experience a wonderful selection of diverse and authentic restaurants that changed daily. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

“We were one of the Pop-Up restaurants and we were very happy to be there. It was a great turn out!  The event was very well organized by the city and the restaurant association.  We will for sure be back next year!

Michael Mikusch, Owner of the Austrian Bakery

Being part of the Pop-Up schedule at the Taste this year was really great for us.  The response we had from the patrons couldn’t have been better and I think people were excited to have a new food experience with a Korean option being included this year.  We were more than happy to be included in this year’s line up and would definitely be interested in participating again!

Yunjin Hong, chef/owner Jin Ju

We at Riva Crab House thought it was great! We love the opportunity to put our brand in front of tourists, as well as locals. It was a unique opportunity to connect with our customers in a different environment that was fun and interactive. The feedback from customers was very positive.  There was a lot of buzz, about the pop ups specifically, each day. Who is there? What are they serving? Etc.

Joe Roireau, Corporate Executive Chef

“We had a very good experience!  It was our first time, so instead of doing the full shebang, the pop-up concept gave us the opportunity to get our feet wet, how the event works, and what to expect.  It was a great success for us and we’re definitely applying for the full thing next year.  We’re still trying to count our tickets!”

Vince Geraci, owner of Caffe Gelato

“We would like to thank Check Please for recommending Cafe Trinidad to participate in the 2012 Taste of Chicago. We would also like to show our appreciation to the Illinois Restaurant Association and the City of Chicago for all the assistance and help they provided us, in order to make the entire process run smoothly. It was an honor and a wonderful learning experience participating in this year’s Taste of Chicago. We love the idea of a Pop-Up Vendor and hope we have the privilege of being ask next year to participate in the Taste of Chicago.