When Green Pigs Fly

Sun. September 29, 2019 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

The annual Green Tie Ball benefitting Chicago Gateway Green returned for its 28th time with a I Dream of Greenie theme. This time a new venue worked well with the West Loop's Alhambra Place. The stairs were a little treacherous for those in high heels, but the private bathrooms and separate VIP area were highlights.

Rocker Pete Wentz from the band Fall Out Boy DJed once again as Barbara Eden was unable to attend as a celebrity guest. He stopped to talk about the upcoming Hella Mega Tour that will team up his band with Green Day and Weezer to plat Wrigley Field.

The outdoor patio space had some of the best food with City Barbeque and a back bar made this area a hidden jem to a very crowded event.

Rivers Casino provided gambling to raise more funds for the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to beautifying Chicago's communities.

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Another recent event that had pork on the menu was the Grand Cochon held at Revel Fulton Market. For several hours, guests could try pig focused dishes prepared by chefs from around the country as they competed for King or Queen of Porc.

More than 2,500 pounds of heritage pork were used in the finale of the culinary competition. They were asked to prepare the best three bites that they could and there were standouts among the pack. A VIP oyster bar and a signature cheese bar all added to the experience of the evening.

While our hometown hero of Cantina Laredo didn't win, the event had all nine chefs putting their best hoof forward for a good cause.

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