Based on Chicago’s own Soup and Bread at the Hideout Chicago, Chefs John Coletta, Jason Hammel, Matthias Merges and Gualtiero Marchesi each prepared a special soup that was served to over 75 guests. Guests donated funds that were given to Pane Quotidiano (Daily Bread), a not-for-profit organization that works on food security issues in Milan.
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.