Pilot Light Culinary Education Program

Categories: Past Events,Past Milan Events

Pilot Light representatives Chefs Jason Hammel and Matthias Merges, along with Pilot Light Executive Director Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, taught 30 teenaged school children from Milan the history of Chicago through the Chicago Hot Dog. The teens learned about Chicago and had the opportunity to try Chicago’s own version of the hot dog.


Chicago Week in Milan



From September 3–5, 2015 in Chicago’s sister city of Milan, Italy, Chicago Sister Cities International presented Chicago-themed events to highlight the strong relationship between the two cities during Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fair. Over 40 member of Chicago’s business, cultural, culinary and civic communities comprised the delegation who traveled to Milan to celebrate the Chicago-Milan sister city relationship.

Sponsors and programming partners of Chicago Week in Milan included LensCrafters/Luxottica & CooperVision; World Business Chicago; Illinois Restaurant Association; Kendall College; Pilot Light; The Hideout Chicago; Lagunitas Brewing Company; The Eli’s Cheesecake Company; Bella Bacinos’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria; Lula Cafe; Quartino Ristorante; Yusho; and the Waters Family.

Featured cuisine at the events was prepared by Chef John Coletta of Quartino Ristorante; Chef Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe; Chef Matthias Merges of Yusho. Also featured was Chicago deep dish-style from Bella Bacinos Italian Bistro & Pizzeria and cheesecake from Eli’s Cheesecake.

Also served at the events was Mozango!, a special beer created exclusively to celebrate Expo Milano 2015 and the sister city relationship between Chicago and Milan, from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Representing the sounds of Chicago was JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, a modern funk and soul band who entertained guests with music infused with Chicago’s past and present.