Photos: Taste of Chicago Preview

Chicagoans get a mini taste at what's to come for the 35th Annual Taste of Chicago.

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Food lovers from around Chicago came to the Daley Plaza Wednesday to get a little taste of what's to come for the 35th Annual Taste of Chicago. The Taste of Chicago Preview included eight new restaurants and returning favorites that served samples throughout the afternoon.
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Sarah Lutz, Roxy Abesamis and Jacob Warren show off Mariano's different flavors of gelato.
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Jacob Warren serves Mariano's gelato flavor Chicago Pothole to a customer. Mariano's also served Vanilla and Lemon Sorbetto flavors at the preview.
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Marco Perez serves Porkchop's pulled pork chicken sandwich.
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Rigo Ornelas shows off one of Porkchop's favorite menu item the pulled pork sandwich.
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Porkchop, located on 941 W. Randolph Street, were offering pulled pork sandwiches, pulled chicken sandwiches, and ribs.
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"Our donuts are hot and fresh. They never sit on a shelf, which makes them unique," Dinky Donuts owner Richard Drews said.
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The batter for Dinky Donuts is made right on the spot to ensure a fresh taste.
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Richard Drews and his son Joshua Drews are co-owners of Dinky Donuts. Dinky Donuts offered a variety of donuts toppings including cinnamon sugar, Dutch cocoa, powdered sugar, old fashioned sugar cream pie, and Ancho Mamma's toppings.
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Alex Rodriguez serves a delicious piece of Connie's famous deep dish cheese pizza.
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Bri Mogelberg gives a customer a piece of Connie's deep dish pizza at the Taste of Chicago Preview.
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Connie's Pizza, located on 2373 S. Archer Avenue, offered deep dish cheese and sausage slices.
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Roeerg Mackey and Shurnee Love serve customers Robinson's No. 1 Ribs at the Taste of Chicago Preview.
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Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, located on 225 S. Canal Street served samples of barbecue rib tips, barbecue pulled pork and a boneless rib sandwich.
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Jen Uyoon, who sampled Dia De Los Tamales's slow roasted Cuban pork tamale, and Lindsey Lusk who had a taste of Chicago's Dog House smoked alligator sausage said the preview had a good mix of traditional Chicago food along with unique food that you wouldn't normally find in Chicago.
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Chicago's Dog House offered the traditional Chicago hot dog, but with a twist. Chicago's Dog House menu items at the preview included smoked alligator sausage, rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, and their classic Midway Monster Dog.
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Aaron Wolfson grabs the popular smoked alligator sausage from Chicago's Dog House.
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Ben Wax of Chicago's Dog House adds toppings to an alligator sausage dog to make for a traditional Chicago hot dog with different flavors.
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Raquel Cardenas shows off Dia De Los Tamales's buffalo chicken tamale and the slow roasted Cuban pork tamale.
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Dia De Los Tamales, located on 939 W. 18th Street offered slow roasted Cuban pork tamales, buffalo chicken tamales, and spicy black bean and corn tamales.
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Sheryl Nagel, a first-timer at the Taste of Chicago preview said she enjoyed that the portions of food given were genuine as she tasted Porkchop's pulled pork sandwich.
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Kimberly Jones tasted Dia De Los Tamales's combo called The Odd Couple Marries. "I really enjoy the food and the music," Jones said.
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Graham Elliot, chef of the Graham Elliot Bistro, made a special appearance at the Taste of Chicago Preview.
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"This is the first time we have offered our food to the public at the Taste of Chicago and we want everyone to try our samples so that people can get the word out," Graham Elliot said. Graham Elliot offered samples of truffle popcorn to preview what is to come for the Taste of Chicago.
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Graham Elliot, who has been in Chicago for 15 years, will serve the iconic lobster corn dog at the Taste of Chicago. The popular corn dog was sold to over 20,000 people over a three day span at Lollapalooza.
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Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill, a food truck, offered jerk chicken, jerk fries, and festival cornbread at the Taste of Chicago Preview.
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Pete Dippolito serves Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill's popular jerk fries out of the food truck.
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Brenda Stringer and Emily Wengel thought that the preview offered a good variety of food. Wengel enjoyed Mariano's gelato while Stringer sampled the Porkchop's pulled chicken sandwich.
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Mimi De Castro enjoyed the different foods in different categories at the preview. "It was great hearing music too on such a beautiful day," De Castro said.
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Katie Law and Jason Leshiewicz thought that it was nice that the Taste of Chicago preview was not over crowded, since the actual event in July usually is.
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Jennifer, Mikayla, Mikenna, and Mark Madden and Fidel Barrera didn't know what to expect, but knew that the long lines for each food station meant the Taste of Chicago Preview was a hit.
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Sophie Chung, Robert Olson, and Sai Yarramalla agreed that the Taste of Chicago Preview was exciting and great to see samples of what's to come. Olson said he is now more likely to attend the actual Taste of Chicago.
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Cynthia and Isabella Estrada got samples of Porkchop's pulled pork sandwich and boneless ribs.
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Sara Hicks and Marisa Maldonado thought it was nice that there were no tickets and no big crowds at the Taste of Chicago Preview.
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