Last year Chipotle held its first Cultivate festival in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL. My family and I went to enjoy the festivities; delicious real food and fabulous music. We loved watching cooking demonstrations by some of the best chefs in the country. It was absolutely unforgettable. My kids have talked about it all year and marked their calendars for this year’s festival.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the two locations for its Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festivals for 2012. Denver, the burrito chain’s birthplace, will join Chicago this year in hosting a Cultivate festival curated by Chipotle. Cultivate Chicago will be held on Saturday, September 15 in Lincoln Park, and Cultivate Denver is slated for Saturday, October 6 in the Meadow at City Park.
The free, one-day festival will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients.
“Cultivate is the first festival of its kind to bring together national culinary talent, musicians and thought leaders,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. “These events give our customers an opportunity to experience Chipotle in a new way and to learn something about issues in food, develop a deeper appreciation for farmers and food artisans who are changing food culture for the better, and enjoy some great music.”
Chefs conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the day at both events are: Richard Blais (The Spence; HD-1; Flip Burger Boutique/Atlanta) Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal; Son of a Gun/Los Angeles) Amanda Freitag (series “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America”)
Chefs joining Cultivate Chicago on September 15 are: Zak Pelaccio (Fatty Crab/New York) Matthias Merges (Yusho/Chicago) Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia/Chicago) Danny Grant (RIA/Chicago) Chris Pandel (The Bristol; Balena/Chicago) Paul Kahan (avec; Blackbird; The Publican/Chicago)
Chefs joining Cultivate Denver on October 6 are: Michael Chiarello (Bottega; Chiarello Family Vineyards/Napa Valley) Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson (Frasca Food and Wine; Frasca Caffé; Pizzeria Locale/Boulder)
Musical acts slated to perform include G. Love & Special Sauce and Allen Stone in Chicago and Best Coast and Okkervil River in Denver.
Similar to last year’s Cultivate Chicago, both festivals will include an Artisan Tent offering a wide selection of local artisan-crafted foods for sampling and purchase, a Tasting Tent featuring local and specialty beers and wine, a Kids’ Tent with crafts and organic snacks, and various other activities to shed light on and spark discussion about contemporary food issues. Chipotle will also serve a selection of dishes based on its traditional menu and ingredients, but with a unique spin specially created for the Cultivate festivals, and offer select dishes from ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Asian concept it opened in Washington, D.C. last year.
Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine in the festival’s Tasting Tent will be donated to FamilyFarmed.org, a non-profit organization that works with family farmers and organizations that support them to build and expand local food systems.
For more information, visit chipotle.com/cultivate.