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Graham Elliot Bowles Now Mayor of Lollapalooza's Chow Town

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Chicago chef Graham Elliot Bowles has been named the first-ever Culinary Director of the three-day Lollapalooza music festival. Bowles had a tent in the festival's "Chow Town" food court last year (and cooked backstage for Jane's Addiction!), and his increased responsibilities this year include putting together "a culinary line-up to match [Lollapalooza's] hyped headlining musical acts." The full list of vendors won't be released until tomorrow, but they include barbecue, cupcakes, and Charlie Trotter.


CHICAGO – June 21, 2010 – As Lollapalooza’s first ever Culinary Director in the three-day music festival’s 19-year history, chef and TV personality Graham Elliot Bowles has tapped fellow Chicago restaurateurs to assemble a culinary line-up to match its hyped headlining musical acts.

Bowles first set up shop at Lollapalooza in 2009 serving his “bistronomic” take on festival fare from a tent in Chow Town and also cooking backstage for Lollapalooza founder/co-producer Perry Farrell and his band Jane’s Addiction. This year, Bowles has personally rallied some of the Windy City’s favorite restaurants to join him August 6-8, 2010 for their first time cooking at the festival. Thus far, Bowles’ 2010 Lollapalooza culinary line-up reads:

Big Star
Bleeding Heart
Blue 13
Burrito Beach
Elate at The Hotel Felix
Franks 'N' Dawgs
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Kuma's Corner
The Metropolis Café
More Cupcakes
Rockit Bar and Grill
The Smoke Daddy Rhythm and Bar B Que
The Southern
Trotter's to Go

Additionally, the food court will include many fan favorites from past festivals to present even more dining options.

“I am so honored to be working with Lollapalooza in this new role,” Bowles says. “My team at Graham Elliot and our Chicago comrades couldn’t be more amped about showcasing our individual cooking styles with the street food we’ll be creating especially for the festival.”

Bowles is also a musician, having recorded some of the songs he plays in the restaurant. “Almost all of the bands on stage this year can be heard rockin’ through our speakers at Graham Elliot; they provide inspiration on a nightly basis."

The full list of food vendors at Lollapalooza 2010 will be available at starting Tuesday, June 22.


Chef Graham Elliot Bowles is the culinary mastermind behind Chicago’s first “bistronomic” restaurant, Graham Elliot, which tempers four-star cuisine with humor and accessibility. At age 27, Bowles was the youngest four-star chef in America for his work at Avenues. The now 33-year-old chef has since received accolades including Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef in 2004 and three James Beard Award nominations. In May 2008 he opened Graham Elliot –a restaurant that would not only bear his name, but become an extension of his passionate personality embodying his core principles of humility, courage, vision, respect and focus. In July 2010 he will open Grahamwich, an inspired sandwich concept in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and appear on the new FOX series MASTERCHEF with co-stars Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich.

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