2018 Emcees
Ana Belaval
WGN Morning News

From the high wire to wake boarding, there is not much Ana hasn’t tried once as the “Around Town” reporter for the WGN Morning News. Ana, a three-time Emmy Award winner, enjoys bringing a slice of Chicago...MORE

Lin Brehmer

Lin Brehmer is the veteran music man of the 93XRT Morning Radio Show. On the morning of Dec. 30th 1991, he placed a needle on the record, “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads to augur a new chapter in a radio career...MORE

Billy Dec
Rockit Ranch Productions

Billy Dec is a two time Emmy Award Winning Entertainment TV Personality, Producer, Actor, Attorney, Restaurateur and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a premier hospitality & entertainment company...MORE

Catherine De Orio
Kendall College Trust / Executive Director

Catherine De Orio left a successful career in the courtroom to pursue her passion in the kitchen. Now a formally trained chef in addition to a “recovering attorney,” she has expertly combined her skills from both career paths to serve as...MORE

Steve Dolinsky
ABC 7 Chicago

Steve is the Food Reporter for ABC 7 - Chicago. Every Friday at 11 a.m., and Saturday at 10 p.m., he introduces his “Hungry Hound” segments live, covering a range of food and drink-related topics...MORE

Vince Gerasole
CBS 2 News Chicago

Gerasole has been honored for excellence in broadcast journalism throughout his career. He was named the Best Broadcast Reporter in the state by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2002 and Best...MORE

Julia Kramer
Bon Appétit

Julia Kramer is the Deputy Editor of Bon Appétit. As Senior Editor at BA, she traveled the country, scouting the best new restaurants in America for the “BA Hot 10.”...MORE

Dane Neal
Host, "On the Road With Dane" WGN Radio

Dane Neal is a host and creator of both local and national radio programs and food & travel features having aired on hundreds of stations for over 15 years...MORE

Penny Pollack
Dining Out Loud

Penny Pollack started her career with Chicago magazine in 1987, and was named dining editor in 1994. Under her direction, the dining department produced “Through Thick and Thin,” the magazine’s July 1998...MORE

Chandra Ram
Plate Magazine

Chandra Ram worked as a cook before turning to food writing and editing Plate, an award-winning food magazine...MORE

Adam Rapoport
Bon Appétit

Adam joined Bon Appétit in 2011 as editor in chief, and with his distinct point of view, reinvented the food lifestyle category. With 22...MORE

Mario Rizzotti
Iron Chef America

Mario Rizzotti is an acclaimed television personality and Italian culinary expert. He most recently served a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America,and was called to judge Iron Chefs like Mario Batali...MORE

David Tamarkin

David Tamarkin is the editor of Epicurious and the co-author, with Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless, of More Mexican Everyday...MORE

Anthony Todd
Chicago magazine

Anthony Todd is a Chicago-based food and drink writer and editor. He currently serves as the Editor for Chicago magazine’s weekly dining newsletter, “Dish”...MORE

LeeAnn Trotter
NBC 5 Chicago

LeeAnn Trotter is a feature reporter for NBC5, covering arts & entertainment, food, and fun events happening around town. She is also a contributor to NBC’s "Making a Difference" franchise. ...MORE


Millennium Park   |   Sept 27 - 29, 2019