On Wednesday, October 23, nearly 400 guests sampled spirits and tastes from some of the finest purveyors in the Barrington Area at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) TasteFest. Winners of the Great Taste Awards were announced at the annual event held at the Onion Pub & Brewery located at 22221 N. Pepper Rd. in Lake Barrington. The event, now in its 16th year, has become one of the most popular gourmet tasting events of the year.
During the event guests were asked to vote on the Great Taste Awards, which were announced at the end of the evening. Winners included: Onion Pub & Brewery for Best Taste; Francesca’s Famiglia for Best Entrée; Shark Bait Co D.B.A. Tiburon Rum for Best Spirit; and Nothing Bundt Cakes in Kildeer for Best Dessert.
More than 20 local restaurant and spirit vendors participated, including: Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Brunch Café, Ciao Baby!, Clarke’s Bakery & Deli, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Flesk Brewing Co., Francesca’s Famiglia, Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse, Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria and Pub, McAlister’s Deli, McGonigal’s Pub, Moretti’s-Barrington, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Onion Pub & Brewery, Pinstripes, Poke Burrito-Deer Park, Remember Charlotte’s Pizza, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Shark Bait Co D.B.A. Tiburon Rum, Vin Chicago, Zin GastroPub, and more.
Live entertainment was provided by jazz musician Amy Yassinger and the Yazz Jazz Ensemble, and a popular highlight included the money machine, where guests stepped in to grab some fast (moving!) cash, hosted by presenting sponsor Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A. Other top sponsors included: Brunch Café, GK Development, Inc., Marquardt of Barrington Buick/GMC and SW Lake Lifestyle Magazine.
Several business vendors also displayed their products and services while networking with the community. Those in attendance were: Advance Design Studio, Ltd.; Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A.; Battle House Laser Combat; ChiroOne Wellness Center of Schaumburg East; Deignan Family Chiropractic; Hart Dental; Lucas Law; Marquardt of Barrington Buick/GMC; and Renewal by Andersen Windows and Doors.
Winners of the 2019 Great Barrington Area TasteFest awards, held on Oct. 23 at Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington, included (l-r): Basil DeStefano of Shark Bait Co D.B.A. Tiburon Rum for Best Spirit; Caryn Simons of Nothing Bundt Cakes-Kildeer for Best Dessert; Andrew McIntyre, Richard Lowell, Andrea Alvarez and Jenn Lowell of Francesca’s Famiglia for Best Entrée; and Mike Kainz, Onion Pub & Brewery for Best Taste.