CANASTA - Today @ The "Taste" (+ Big Changes to This Year's Fest)

(sent on 2013-07-12)

Just a quick reminder that Canasta descends upon the “Taste of Chicago” in beautiful Grant Park this very evening (Sat.)! The show is FREE and the band - along with the always-lovable Canasty Horns in tow - plays the Bud Light Stage (at Columbus and Balbo, on the south end of the fest) at 5:20pm. Immediately thereafter, local-folks-made-good Company of Thieves will close things out! This marks the “Taste’s” first booking of the city’s premiere orchestral pop sextet, but folks who haven’t visited the fest in awhile will notice a number of other changes, including the following…

- With a look towards the future, all restaurants now serve freeze-dried, astronaut food exclusively.
- Although fun has always been a reliable element of the “Taste,” for this year’s fest, the City has unveiled a “fun.,” a strictly-stylized, trademarked version of the concept.
- Select, lucky attendees will be secretly chosen to serve as “Royal Tasters” for the Mayor, unknowingly testing dishes for poisonous content before they’re served to His Highness.
- Children under five will not be admitted without a salad or dessert to share.
- Patrons are strictly prohibited from wearing aprons and big, white chef’s hats, so as not to confuse any Food network superfans who might be there star-sighting.
- Rick Bayless will launch his newest, much “buzzed”-about establishment, La Fuente del Insecto (literally, “Insect Fountain”), a taco stand next to Buckingham Fountain featuring traditionally rural Mexican fare with a modern twist that’s centered around dead bugs found in public fountains.
- In the event that the fest reaches its capacity, those turned away are encouraged to visit one of Chicago’s various other eateries, where one can relax with strangers at a long, communal table made of unfinished wood and feast on three tiny, cupcake-shaped burgers, comprised entirely from locally-sourced, grass-fed bacon and then wash them down with shots of tequila barrel-aged, craft whiskey.

This Evening
Saturday, July 13th
“Taste of Chicago”
The Bud Light Stage, Grant Park
(Chicago, IL)

Company of Thieves,
Paper Thick Walls, The Steakhouse Mints,
Vintage Blue and The Bergamot

FREE! / Gates - 11 AM / Show - Noon / Canasta - 5:20 PM / All Ages
Presented by The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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