Highlights from the 2011 Green City Market BBQ

  • Arctic Char

    Arctic Char

  • Plating at Eli's Cheesecake

    Plating at Eli's Cheesecake

  • White Corn Grits

    White Corn Grits

  • Roasted Pig

    Roasted Pig

  • Raspberry-Rose Petal Ice Cream Sandwich

    Raspberry-Rose Petal Ice Cream Sandwich

  • Jo Snow

    Jo Snow

  • The Southerner

    The Southerner

  • Grilled Sweet Corn

    Grilled Sweet Corn

  • The scene

    The scene

  • Cherry Trifle

    Cherry Trifle

  • Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs

    Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs

  • Angel Food Cake

    Angel Food Cake

  • Bourbon Bombs

    Bourbon Bombs

  • Potato Chips

    Potato Chips

  • Angel Food Cake with Sweet and Spicy Peach Salsa

    Angel Food Cake with Sweet and Spicy Peach Salsa

Each year I look forward to the annual Green City Market fund-raiser, and last night’s BBQ was worth the wait. With an outstanding combination of quality chefs, food, and show of community support for a great cause, it continues to be one of the finest outdoor food events in the city.

Green City Market continues to improve the event each year, too. I was happy to see 25% of the dishes this year were vegetarian, which makes the annual event more appealing to those who visit the farmer’s market to buy vegetables. Nice. Efforts were made to keep the BBQ green — volunteers manned the many trashcans to help people sort trash into either compost, recycling or landfill bins. And the collaborations with Goose Island, where chefs designed beers to pair with their BBQ dishes, provided nice remix of talents.

In case you’re curious, my favorite item from the BBQ was neither meat or veggie. I don’t say this often, but it was alcohol. David Burke’s Primehouse served up two excellent concoctions — Cherry Margarita and Bourbon Bomb Liquorsicles in push-up pouches. Essentially liquor-laced slushies in flav-o-ice form, they were everything I wanted in the nasty July heat.

As always, a great event. Can’t wait for next year’s BBQ!

  1. Damien Casten left a comment on July 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Nice picture of Melissa and the Santome Snow Cones! Thanks for posting. I will put it up on our Facebook page as well.



  2. Tammy left a comment on July 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Thanks, Damien, just post a link to it. That was an awesome, awesome snow cone! -Tammy

  3. David left a comment on July 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I was absolutely floored with the food this year! Bayless blew me away as always. Now if it could only be a few degrees cooler next year and then everything would be perfect.

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