Taste Talks Returns to Brooklyn for 2014, Expands to Chicago

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Taste Talks is back for its second season, and shaping up to be even bigger and better than before.

A number of prominent, NYC tastemakers gathered in the Villain event space on N. 3rd St on Saturday night, to hear none other than Mario Batali announce expansion plans for the sure to be star-studded food festival, which will take place in Chicago, as well as Brooklyn this year.

James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan, of Blackbird and avec, will curate the brand new Windy City version of Taste (occurring on October 4th and 5th in the expansive Eataly Chicago), and Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina’s incomparable Danny Bowien (also a JBFA winner) will take over the reigns from April Bloomfield as master of ceremonies in Brooklyn — which will return to Williamsburg on September 13th and 14th. “Bowien encapsulates so much of what is exciting in food culture today,” explains Northside Media co-founder Daniel Stedman, of his decision to recruit the kooky creator of Kung Pao Pastrami and Country Fried Rabbit. “And he also crosses the threshold into rock star chef.”

Bowien will hardly be the only culinary luminary on hand during the two, weekend-long celebrations, which will welcome over 100 influential chefs and speakers to explore the future of taste with over 3,000 attendees. In addition to panel discussions and workshops, both the Brooklyn and Chicago events will feature a “Mother of Pearl” oyster dinner (in addition to many other exclusive group meals), and 26 top chefs will take to the waterfront during Taste Talks Brooklyn, for the second annual All Star Cookout. The original, borough iteration will also boast a Future Food Expo, a veritable world’s fair of “What’s Next” in food, with exhibitions from all of the products, companies, startups, media outlets and innovators that have transformed Brooklyn into America’s hottest test kitchen.

“The transformation of Brooklyn over the past fifteen years has made it the cultural epicenter of the world; longtime as a home and studio for writers and artists, then recognized as the new music capital of the country, and more recently as the new food and restaurant capital,” enthuses Stedman. “Brooklyn has had many transformations, and now, the collective taste of Brooklyn is bringing people together from all over the world.”

To purchase early bird, all-access tickets or for more information on Taste Talks visit: http://taste-talks.com

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