Experiencing Culinary Nirvana at Sensory Overload

psycadelic sign

Food is such a passionate thing. It encourages people to experience it and I have found that by eating at different restaurants , it is truly a sensual experience that touches each of the senses. Foodiechats celebrated this philosophy with the first annual Sensory Overload. Basically it was a celebration of food, drink, and all things that bring joy to the senses. Steve Green should be commended for this idea and here is hoping it becomes an annual event. (PS I will be at the gym on Monday)

I knew it was going to be special night when I saw the many restaurants and vendors that participated . I was handed a flute and then I was off. Jellyfish was a nice start with the Touchisamon with its yummy sweet potato , unagi sauce, and to add to the sushi the chef was torching the fish.

jellyfish chef

Next we moved on the elegant spread at Hampton Social and Hubbard  Inn. My personal favorite at Hubbard Inn is their yummy Lobster roll so I knew that the Oysters would be the best of the best. With a mix of the West and East Coast Oysters , the sauces were a perfect mate to the seafood. I may be boring but I chose the traditional smoked tomato cocktail sauce with its little kick.

oysters from hubbard inn

Since Chicago continues to be in the Arctic, I had to try the goodies at Coconutz. I made a point to stop there in the near future. I got quite excited as a sipped the sweet, tropical feel White Sangria with its fruity pears and peach taste. When I sipped the sangria , I tasted the veggie spring roll but the sweet spicy dipping sauce did me in. My favorite other than sangria at Coconutz was the Ban Mi Slider. Love that combination of pork and ham. Yumm and with the Bahn Mi slider, it was a winner.

coconutz spring roll and bahn mi

A sip of the Daisy Cutter and my mouth had cooled off so I was off to the next morsel. Connie’s Pizza had set up outside but the true stars of the evening were the live pig roast from the great people at Porkchop. We had tried some of the best bbq a few weeks ago at the Randolph Street location, so we knew it would be good. The air was filled with the smell of hickory and pork as it transported me back to pig roasts that I went to in college. Ahh I couldn’t wait to taste the nibble at the succulent pork.

pig roast

Porkchop paired their sliders with a Peach Bourbon Iced Tea made with a Woodford Reserve bourbon with iced tea and garnished with a peach. Uncle Dougie’s added excitement to my taste buds with their spicy Smokin Bloody Mary with a shrimp garnish. I also munched on some of the chips and salsa as well. My favorite? Asian natch!

uncle dougie's

Next came the folks at Greenridge Farm and my love , ham. Culinary genius , Graham Elliot dished up something that excited me . He brought out a tray of ham and cheese pretzel roll sliders with a tangy mustard aioli. I had to congratulate the man for making something that stole my heart. His dried figs wrapped with ham and stuffed with ricotta weren’t bad either.

grahm elliot

I was really excited with the Gibsons offering since one of my true food passions is seafood and it was an added treat that it was surf and turf . The beef was USDA angus beef that had been seared paired with a wild shrimp patty that was garnished with a creamy lemongrass and ginger mayo , shallots and then the chef kissed the morsel with cherry smoke. Heaven…


Sartori always gives its A game and this time was no exception. They had some yummy cheeses including a balsalmic that I literally fell in love with . To add to the fun , they also brought a world record saganaki that set the event on fire literally. Boy was it tasty

ompa !

 An extra added feature was provided by Celebrity Cruises . Diners could watch a clip from a movie at A Taste of Film. While they watched the movie, they were served dishes that were actually in the film. It was fun to eat a fresh linguine while we watched Bradley Cooper.


Needless to say a good time was had by all. Plenty to eat and drink! Once again Steve Green of Foodiechats# , you’ve done it again!!! Till we eat again!!!


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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