TASTEMAKER CHICAGO VENDORS

  Aloha   Pokē   Co.   Aloha Pokē Co. is Chicago’s pokē pioneer. Their first location was a tiny food stall in a train station and now they are the classic story that ‘BIG things come in little packages’.  Their intention is simple: pack fresh, fast and tasty bowls of quality raw ingredients. They have a mission to rethink fast food and are here to provide a healthy meal that fuels the day.

Aloha Pokē Co.

Aloha Pokē Co. is Chicago’s pokē pioneer. Their first location was a tiny food stall in a train station and now they are the classic story that ‘BIG things come in little packages’.

Their intention is simple: pack fresh, fast and tasty bowls of quality raw ingredients. They have a mission to rethink fast food and are here to provide a healthy meal that fuels the day.

 
   Apologue Spirited Liqueurs   At Apologue, we craft spirited liqueurs from entirely natural ingredients.  We utilize traditional production methods and elect a unique, regional ingredient to feature in each expression.  Our liqueurs are equal parts delicious, adventurous, and versatile.


Apologue Spirited Liqueurs

At Apologue, we craft spirited liqueurs from entirely natural ingredients.

We utilize traditional production methods and elect a unique, regional ingredient to feature in each expression.

Our liqueurs are equal parts delicious, adventurous, and versatile.

 
  Art of Dosa   Celebrating the tastiest dish ever invented - the Dosa, a South Indian delicacy made from sourdough batter and cooked to a perfect golden crisp. Art of Dosa is launched it's first fast-casual restaurant in 2018 with an almost entirely vegan menu.   

Art of Dosa

Celebrating the tastiest dish ever invented - the Dosa, a South Indian delicacy made from sourdough batter and cooked to a perfect golden crisp. Art of Dosa is launched it's first fast-casual restaurant in 2018 with an almost entirely vegan menu.

 

 
  Black Dog Gelato   Black Dog is named after a dog, and inspired by a true love for gelato.  Of course, there’s more to that story. In 2007, Jessica Oloroso, a Chicago native, left her post as Pastry Chef at Stephanie Izard’s Scylla. Armed with tons of inspiration from the trek of a lifetime through Italy, she rented space in a shared kitchen and began crafting her recipes. And when we say craft, we mean it. Jessica has been featured on Food Network’s Unique Sweets and DIY network’s Food Porn. Her gelato has been listed in numerous “Best of Lists” both locally and nationally.

Black Dog Gelato

Black Dog is named after a dog, and inspired by a true love for gelato.

Of course, there’s more to that story. In 2007, Jessica Oloroso, a Chicago native, left her post as Pastry Chef at Stephanie Izard’s Scylla. Armed with tons of inspiration from the trek of a lifetime through Italy, she rented space in a shared kitchen and began crafting her recipes. And when we say craft, we mean it. Jessica has been featured on Food Network’s Unique Sweets and DIY network’s Food Porn. Her gelato has been listed in numerous “Best of Lists” both locally and nationally.

  Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants   Handcrafted wine. Modern casual dining.  Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants passionately believe that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections, setting the table for a life well lived. They invite you to join them for an experience filled with memorable moments built upon food, wine, and friendship. Cheers!

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Handcrafted wine. Modern casual dining.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants passionately believe that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections, setting the table for a life well lived. They invite you to join them for an experience filled with memorable moments built upon food, wine, and friendship. Cheers!

 
  Ferro Farms Hard Cider   Nestled in Kettle Moraine in southeast Wisconsin, Ferro Farms take advantage of the area’s rich glacial soil, which supports the growth of apple trees during the cold winters and temperate summers. The resulting harvest is full of smaller apples with a floral taste, creating a light-bodied cider with fruity sweetness and just a hint of tannins.

Ferro Farms Hard Cider

Nestled in Kettle Moraine in southeast Wisconsin, Ferro Farms take advantage of the area’s rich glacial soil, which supports the growth of apple trees during the cold winters and temperate summers. The resulting harvest is full of smaller apples with a floral taste, creating a light-bodied cider with fruity sweetness and just a hint of tannins.

  Fort Willow   Indigenous flavors and spices converge at Fort Willow; a journey for the senses set amid the nostalgia of a reimagined childhood tree fort. Located in a cozy nook of burgeoning Noble Square, Fort Willow serves chef-driven and aromatic-rich cocktails, small plates and bowls. Menus developed by Michael Kornick, Executive Chef Deirdre Quinn, previously sous chef at Ada St., and DMK Restaurants’ Beverage Director, Scott Koehl, draw inspiration from the roots and traditions of iconic international culinary destinations from around the world.

Fort Willow

Indigenous flavors and spices converge at Fort Willow; a journey for the senses set amid the nostalgia of a reimagined childhood tree fort. Located in a cozy nook of burgeoning Noble Square, Fort Willow serves chef-driven and aromatic-rich cocktails, small plates and bowls. Menus developed by Michael Kornick, Executive Chef Deirdre Quinn, previously sous chef at Ada St., and DMK Restaurants’ Beverage Director, Scott Koehl, draw inspiration from the roots and traditions of iconic international culinary destinations from around the world.

  Latitude Beverage Co.   Latitude beverage is the innovative, Boston-based company and behind a portfolio of national wine brands, including 90+ cellars, lila wines, iron side cellars, magic door vineyards, and mija sangria.  The company was founded in 2007 by Kevin Mehra, who saw an opportunity to make high-end wine more accessible by purchasing oversupply from top wineries across the globe, bottling the wine under his own labels, and selling it to consumers at a lower price.

Latitude Beverage Co.

Latitude beverage is the innovative, Boston-based company and behind a portfolio of national wine brands, including 90+ cellars, lila wines, iron side cellars, magic door vineyards, and mija sangria.

The company was founded in 2007 by Kevin Mehra, who saw an opportunity to make high-end wine more accessible by purchasing oversupply from top wineries across the globe, bottling the wine under his own labels, and selling it to consumers at a lower price.

  Natural Bliss   At Coffee-mate®, they believe life is all about finding what you love. For more than 50 years, they’ve crafted and sought new flavors in the pursuit of a creamer they love to make, and that you love to drink.  They want the flavor in your cup to inspire your search for the flavor in the world around you, because no matter where you are in your journey, when you stop and savor the moments you love, you start to savor the search even more.

Natural Bliss

At Coffee-mate®, they believe life is all about finding what you love. For more than 50 years, they’ve crafted and sought new flavors in the pursuit of a creamer they love to make, and that you love to drink.

They want the flavor in your cup to inspire your search for the flavor in the world around you, because no matter where you are in your journey, when you stop and savor the moments you love, you start to savor the search even more.

 
  RXBAR   A (healthy) obsession for quality.  Yes, RXBAR makes protein bars. But really, they’re in the egg business, and the date business, and the nut business. You get the idea. They keep things simple so the core ingredients are everything. They take a hands-on approach to ensure each and every product they put their name on lives up to our high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition.

RXBAR

A (healthy) obsession for quality.

Yes, RXBAR makes protein bars. But really, they’re in the egg business, and the date business, and the nut business. You get the idea. They keep things simple so the core ingredients are everything. They take a hands-on approach to ensure each and every product they put their name on lives up to our high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition.

 
     B  LVD   BLVD is a modern American restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that draws inspiration from Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd circa 1950: the golden era’s most iconic strip of dining and entertainment establishments.  BLVD offers a globally inspired menu of modern American shareable plates: re-imagining classic dishes, drawing from different cultures, and, at the same time, honoring the ways in which the dining scene has evolved.

 

BLVD

BLVD is a modern American restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that draws inspiration from Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd circa 1950: the golden era’s most iconic strip of dining and entertainment establishments.

BLVD offers a globally inspired menu of modern American shareable plates: re-imagining classic dishes, drawing from different cultures, and, at the same time, honoring the ways in which the dining scene has evolved.

 
  Davids Tea   They're seriously passionate about great tasting teas, and have something to satisfy every palate and every craving. Looking for a sweet treat? Then you’ll love Read My Lips, our chocolate mint dessert tea. Into something more traditional? Check out our premium green teas like Sencha Ashikubo or Dragonwell.   So…why tea? Because it’s healthy, delicious and fun. Because it brings people together, all over the world. Because it’s the second-most popular drink on the planet, second only to water.  And, quite simply, because it makes us happy.

Davids Tea

They're seriously passionate about great tasting teas, and have something to satisfy every palate and every craving. Looking for a sweet treat? Then you’ll love Read My Lips, our chocolate mint dessert tea. Into something more traditional? Check out our premium green teas like Sencha Ashikubo or Dragonwell. 

So…why tea? Because it’s healthy, delicious and fun. Because it brings people together, all over the world. Because it’s the second-most popular drink on the planet, second only to water.

And, quite simply, because it makes us happy.

 
     Flint and Flame   Over recent years, Flint and Flame have become a major player in the UK kitchenware scene with our outstanding range of knives.  Made from the highest quality German carbon steel, and celebrated by top chefs and passionate home cooks alike, our knives make a fantastic addition to any kitchen.

 

Flint and Flame

Over recent years, Flint and Flame have become a major player in the UK kitchenware scene with our outstanding range of knives.

Made from the highest quality German carbon steel, and celebrated by top chefs and passionate home cooks alike, our knives make a fantastic addition to any kitchen.

 
     Gindo's   Gindo's Spice of Life is a hot sauce company, and yet, it's so much more than hot sauce. Hot sauce doesn't have to be an afterthought or simply a condiment that you drip on your food to mask a mediocre dish or burn your senses useless. Their sauces are designed to help inspire creativity in the kitchen and enhance food by adding flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.    

 

Gindo's

Gindo's Spice of Life is a hot sauce company, and yet, it's so much more than hot sauce. Hot sauce doesn't have to be an afterthought or simply a condiment that you drip on your food to mask a mediocre dish or burn your senses useless. Their sauces are designed to help inspire creativity in the kitchen and enhance food by adding flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients. 

 

 
  Maven Car Share   Use the Maven app to find your next car starting as low as $8/hr + tax. From electric to sedan to SUV - Maven has a car to fit your every need.  Unlock and start your reserved car all from the Maven app.  Plug in with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Access OnStar® Advisors 24/7. Connect on the go with 4G LTE WiFi™. Maven puts control at your fingertips so you can focus on the road ahead.

Maven Car Share

Use the Maven app to find your next car starting as low as $8/hr + tax. From electric to sedan to SUV - Maven has a car to fit your every need.

Unlock and start your reserved car all from the Maven app.

Plug in with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Access OnStar® Advisors 24/7. Connect on the go with 4G LTE WiFi™. Maven puts control at your fingertips so you can focus on the road ahead.

 
     Nothing Bundt Cakes   To find the perfect recipe, you first need the perfect ingredients. And that's what founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz were for each other. In 1997, they joined forces, or better yet kitchens, to help make cakes to entertain their friends and family.   Flash forward and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. Built on Dena and Debbie's vision, each bakery still has the warmth and nostalgia of its home-kitchen roots, but we also take a modern approach for the world today. 

 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

To find the perfect recipe, you first need the perfect ingredients. And that's what founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz were for each other. In 1997, they joined forces, or better yet kitchens, to help make cakes to entertain their friends and family. 

Flash forward and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. Built on Dena and Debbie's vision, each bakery still has the warmth and nostalgia of its home-kitchen roots, but we also take a modern approach for the world today. 

  Savory Crust   Savory Crust is more than a restaurant, it’s a hybrid art gallery as well. To us, Savory Crust is the embodiment of what makes life worth living, and proof that crazy ideas can become reality.  Life is meant to be savored and this team, in collaboration with their artists and customers, will continue to make Savory Crust a space full of love and possibility.

Savory Crust

Savory Crust is more than a restaurant, it’s a hybrid art gallery as well. To us, Savory Crust is the embodiment of what makes life worth living, and proof that crazy ideas can become reality.

Life is meant to be savored and this team, in collaboration with their artists and customers, will continue to make Savory Crust a space full of love and possibility.

  Boxed Water   Part sustainable water company, part philanthropic project. Boxed Water is obsessed over providing the purest water in the most sustainable way. They’re not satisfied with the status quo - our planet doesn’t need more plastic bottles. They’re constantly finding new ways to make a positive impact for our planet.

Boxed Water

Part sustainable water company, part philanthropic project. Boxed Water is obsessed over providing the purest water in the most sustainable way. They’re not satisfied with the status quo - our planet doesn’t need more plastic bottles. They’re constantly finding new ways to make a positive impact for our planet.

 
     Farmhouse Chicago   Originating in 2011 with the opening of Farmhouse Tavern in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Farmheads is a hospitality group with the mission of offering affordable, approachable Midwestern fare based on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Since opening our doors to Farmhouse Chicago, operating partners Ferdia Doherty and TJ Callahan have grown that first location into a series of concepts (Farmhouse Evanston, Farm Bar in Lakeview) with a shared vision of utilizing the bounty available within a four state footprint of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.  Responsible. Local. Sustainable. Social.

 

Farmhouse Chicago

Originating in 2011 with the opening of Farmhouse Tavern in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Farmheads is a hospitality group with the mission of offering affordable, approachable Midwestern fare based on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Since opening our doors to Farmhouse Chicago, operating partners Ferdia Doherty and TJ Callahan have grown that first location into a series of concepts (Farmhouse Evanston, Farm Bar in Lakeview) with a shared vision of utilizing the bounty available within a four state footprint of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Responsible. Local. Sustainable. Social.

 
     Franco's Ristorante    Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your favorite modern pasta dishes. You will be blown away when you step inside our warm and cozy restaurant with a family feel making you want to sit and stay a while. 

 

Franco's Ristorante

Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your favorite modern pasta dishes. You will be blown away when you step inside our warm and cozy restaurant with a family feel making you want to sit and stay a while. 

 
  Jones Soda   Made with pure cane sugar and featuring the most unique packaging in the beverage industry, Jones Soda is a one of a kind premium soda known for its bold, unique flavors, colors, and ever changing labels submitted by our consumers.  Their flavor lineup includes traditional favorites like Cola, Root Beer, Cream Soda & Orange & Cream, but they also offer tasty, unique options such as Blue Bubblegum, Green Apple, Strawberry Lime and Fufu Berry.   Lemoncocco - Is a new premium non-carbonated drink made with delightful blend of lemon and  coconut flavors. Made with Sicilian Lemons and Coconut Cream. A perfect refresher alone or an amazing compliment to any spirit!

Jones Soda

Made with pure cane sugar and featuring the most unique packaging in the beverage industry, Jones Soda is a one of a kind premium soda known for its bold, unique flavors, colors, and ever changing labels submitted by our consumers.

Their flavor lineup includes traditional favorites like Cola, Root Beer, Cream Soda & Orange & Cream, but they also offer tasty, unique options such as Blue Bubblegum, Green Apple, Strawberry Lime and Fufu Berry. 

Lemoncocco - Is a new premium non-carbonated drink made with delightful blend of lemon and  coconut flavors. Made with Sicilian Lemons and Coconut Cream. A perfect refresher alone or an amazing compliment to any spirit!

 
  Mississippi River Distilling Company   In the heartland, on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, life on the land is intimately married to the flow of the waters. That marriage of land and water is  embodied in their handcrafted spirits. Mississippi River creates liquors slow and pure. Born from the finest grains, sourced from local farmers, they know where every kernel comes from. What you’ll find in their bottles was made for you, not for for the masses.

Mississippi River Distilling Company

In the heartland, on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, life on the land is intimately married to the flow of the waters. That marriage of land and water is  embodied in their handcrafted spirits. Mississippi River creates liquors slow and pure. Born from the finest grains, sourced from local farmers, they know where every kernel comes from. What you’ll find in their bottles was made for you, not for for the masses.

 
     Prime & Provisions   From the team behind the prominent Italian eateries Siena Tavern and Bar Siena, and the buzzing sports bar, Public House, is Prime & Provisions, a steakhouse concept positioned on the border of River North and Loop area. The steakhouse strikes a balance between approachable comfort and innovative design. Prime & Provisions takes inspiration from the supper clubs of the 1920’s giving the space a timeless feel. 

 

Prime & Provisions

From the team behind the prominent Italian eateries Siena Tavern and Bar Siena, and the buzzing sports bar, Public House, is Prime & Provisions, a steakhouse concept positioned on the border of River North and Loop area. The steakhouse strikes a balance between approachable comfort and innovative design. Prime & Provisions takes inspiration from the supper clubs of the 1920’s giving the space a timeless feel. 

  The Albert   The Albert embodies the spirit of the restlessly curious and unconventional. Featuring globally inspired cuisine, the Albert is a contemporary restaurant offering a menu that will engage, stimulate and revive the palate.

The Albert

The Albert embodies the spirit of the restlessly curious and unconventional. Featuring globally inspired cuisine, the Albert is a contemporary restaurant offering a menu that will engage, stimulate and revive the palate.