When it comes to pasta, quality is key. With the expert culinary guidance of Chef Lorenzo Boni, Executive Chef for Barilla America, Barilla is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality pasta. That is why Barilla- the leading brand of pasta in Italy -is a favorite of foodservice chefs. Whether serving the needs of restaurants, cafeterias, commissaries, or other foodservice operations, our full line of versatile Barilla products brings excellence to any menu. And today, affordable quality has never been more important.
Barilla, originally established in 1877 as a bread and pasta shop in Parma, Italy, ranks as one of today's top Italian food groups. Barilla is a leader in the global pasta business, the pasta sauces business in continental Europe, the bakery products business in Italy and the crispbread business in Scandinavia.
Barilla has become one of the world's most esteemed food companies and is recognized globally as a symbol of Italian know-how by upholding its longstanding traditional principles and values, considering employees as a fundamental asset and developing leading-edge production systems.
This invite-only retreat is for a select group of chefs to dive into the most current trends in casual dining, with Barilla as the host and anchor point for the content. Featuring hands-on cooking sessions, chefs dive into regional Italian cuisine with Chef Lorenzo Boni and tackle making healthier dining delicious and approachable. We’ll also be joined by renowned speaker and trends guru Gerry Ludwig who will take us on an exclusive tour of the trend-setting restaurants in Chicago.
Participation ideation session one
Chef Gerry Ludwig, CEC
Chef Gerry is a nationally recognized food writer, speaker, and trend tracker, and leads the Culinary R&D department for Gordon Food Service, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through ongoing analysis of foodservice-related statistical, media and empirical data, Gerry creates trends-based culinary solutions that are executed at the operator level by the company's team of menu consultants. He is a columnist and editorial board member for the foodservice trend magazine Flavor & The Menu, conducts seminars and workshops at numerous industry events and executes resturant research tours in major cities throughout the United States.
The Little Goat
Stephanie Izard's diner serving a huge menu of creative, gourmet takes on comfort food classics.
Address: 820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Sprawling, stylish food hall featuring a range of Latin-inspired eateries & a market in lofty digs.
Address: 108 N State Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
de Quay Resturant
Dishes mixing Dutch and Indonesian influences plus craft brews & global wines in intimate digs.
Address: 2470 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Updated American comfort foods & craft cocktails are offered in a funky space with a vintage vibe.
Address: 2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
El Che Bar
Wood-fired Argentinean-American fare & South American cocktails doled out in hip, stylish surrounds.
Address: 845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
...and in case you were wondering what my Fitbit had to say about all these shennanigans: