Lollapalooza Vendor Preview: Sopes, Sliders, and Shrimp
Big Star’s Sope de Panza

Unlike just about every other rock festival in the country, the food vendors lined up for Lollapalooza are almost as impressive as the bands. With Graham Elliot Bowles on as the Culinary Director, the festival will showcase booths from some of the most exciting restaurants in the city. Big Star, Kuma’s Corner, Sunda, The Southern, More Cupcakes, and Metropolis Coffee were all on hand for a preview event last night at Graham Elliot to showcase some of the items that will be available at this year’s event.

Organizer and lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, Perry Farrell, was on hand to bless the event, and to snatch up as many samples as he possibly could. Graham Elliot Bowles’ lobster corn dog made a triumphant return, along with his restaurant staple of truffle popcorn. Sunda and Big Star both dished out competing pork belly dishes, while The Southern served up a cool shrimp cocktail. The “slider” from Kuma’s Corner still dwarfed most fast food burgers.

Check out the abbreviated menu below, along with some pictures of food, which was all presented in small sample portions.

bao buns = pork belly / pickled vegetables / hoisin sauce

The Southern
chilled gulf shrimp = heirloom tomatoes / summer peaches / cocktail sauce

Big Star
sope de panza = pork belly / tomato-guajillo salsa / black beans

Kuma’s Corner
kuma’s slider = fried quail egg / smoked bacon / cheddar

Graham Elliot
lobster corndog = honey essence / spanish paprika / lemon aioli
truffle popcorn = grated parmesan / black pepper / fresh herbs

More Cupcakes
red velvet
black & white
salted caramel
passion fruit meringne
sweet corn

Metropolis Coffee
french press coffee
Lollapalooza Vendor Preview: Sopes, Sliders, and Shrimp