Ethnic Tasting Tour (Argyle & Andersonville)

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Event Category

Food & Drink

Event Overview

Our tour begins in Chicago's "Little Saigon" and proceeds through historic Uptown to the old Swedish neighborhood, which is now a modern day mix of ethnic markets, trendy restaurants, burgeoning antique shops, and lots of unique independently-owned businesses.

During our 1.4 mile walk through 2 National Historic Landmark neighborhoods, we make 7 stops sampling the following:

Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and iced coffee
A Middle Eastern spice tasting with freshly made hummus and pita
Swedish meatballs and pancakes with lingonberry sauce
Swedish glögg (must be 21 or over)
Scandavian coffeecakes and cookies
Assorted Italian salumi, cheeses and olives
Private olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting
Mexican Tres Leches cake

Learn more about the local flavors of Chicago neighborhoods - join us!

What to Bring

Comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothing, bottle of water

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

Food and beverage tastings, more than enough for lunch!

Cancellation Policy


After a few years in Chicago, I decided to leave my corporate job and go to culinary school. It was great...until I could no longer afford my cushy Lincoln Park neighborhood. At the urging of a friend, I reluctantly moved "up north." I was still in Chicago, but I might as well have been in the Wisconsin dairy fields. I was not happy. Then this same friend brought me a chicken shawarma wrap and the best piece of baklava I'd ever tasted. "I bought it right down the street," he said. The next day, I ventured "down the street." I discovered the source of the Lebanese baklava, but also Swedish lingonberries and smoked fish, exotic Thai produce, Vietnamese rice papers, Mexican horchata, Korean soju martinis and Turkish coffee. And so many delectable baked goods....

I was in culinary heaven. I embraced my new neighborhood and I still live there today. Now after more than a decade of teaching cooking classes and running one of Chicago's busiest gourmet delis, I want to go back to that culinary wonderment. How better to do it than to give you a taste of what I love about my neighborhood.

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