74. 8th Annual Barrington Taste Fest and Expo

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Once a year in Barrington, the finest local chefs all come together in one place to serve up a special menu of featured dishes for diners to sample. It’s called the Barrington Taste Fest & Expo, it’s happening Thursday night, October 27th, at the Millrose Restaurant in South Barrington and tickets are selling fast, but still available.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The event is organized by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce as a way to help the community get acquainted with some of the latest offerings made by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, breweries and wine representatives.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

But it’s not just about the food. While you sip and sample, you’ll also be able to mingle with exhibitors representing Barrington businesses in a wide range of categories, including medical professionals, retailers, financial and real estate advisors.  They’ll be sharing the space to feature their products and services while raffling great prizes. And the Chamber puts a fun spin on the event by giving you a passport when you walk through the door…

There will be about 30 restaurants, food and beverage vendors serving samples and you’ll get your passport stamped with each restaurant vendor you visit. If you fill your passport, you’ll be eligible for a drawing to win a new Apple iPad. Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President, Janet Meyer, says the event will give you a taste of all Barrington has to offer and may even give you a jump-start on planning your holiday festivities. “For the purchase of a ticket, at the end of the evening you can choose your next favorite restaurant. I’ve also seen people, right there on the spot, book their Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at restaurants like Francesca’s, Millrose, Lucky Monk and The Onion Pub.” To tempt your taste buds, here’s a list of participating restaurants, including some newcomers to Barrington this year.  But I warn you, reading on might make you hungry.

  • Barrington Cellars
  • Cook Street Coffee
  • Cucina Pazza LLC
  • Francesca’s Famiglia
  • Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
  • Jewel/Osco
  • Kernel Fabyan’s Gourmet Popcorn Shoppe
  • Kyriaki A Greek Eatery
  • Lindy’s Restaurant and Marina
  • Mandile’s Italian Ristorante & Banquets
  • Millrose Restaurant & Banquets
  • Near Restaurant
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company
  • Tasty Catering
  • The Anvil Club
  • The Great Grape
  • The Onion Pub & Brewery
  • Tastefully Simple
  • McGonigal’s Pub
  • Park Avenue Wine Bar
  • Brunch Cafe
  • Buca di Beppo
  • The Lucky Monk
  • Fat Bottomed Girls/On Occasion Catering
  • Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant

Courtesy of the Barrington Chamber of Commerce

The 8th annual Barrington Taste Fest & Expo takes place tomorrow night, Thursday, October 27th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Millrose Restaurant, Banquets and Country Store. You’ll find Millrose at 45 S. Barrington Road. The tickets are $40 each or $70 for two and can be purchased in advance online by clicking HERE or by calling the Chamber offices at 847-381-2525.  If you call them in advance, they’ll make arrangements to have your tickets waiting at the door.  The deadline to purchase advance tickets is Thursday at 2 p.m.   Tickets will also be available at the door for $45 each or $75 for two.  Be sure to look for the 365Barrington.com booth.  I’d love to meet you, plus, we’ll be raffling off a special prize that will come in handy this holiday season.  Hope to see you tomorrow night!

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