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Debbie Donato

Foodie, Certified Intl Food & BBQ Judge, Amateur Photographer, Brunch Lover, Interviewer of Debbie Dishes With series & Founder of @Taste_Explorers

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Butternut squash spiraled salad @usatodaywinefood was the perfect addition to my white wine, rose wine, and pina colada tasting at the United Club inside @soldier_field. Other pics give you a behind the scenes look as to what else I drank, ate, and saw. . #chiwfe #wineandfoodpairing #wineandfoodfestival #tasteexplorers #salad #butternutsquash #butternutsquashrecipes #chicagogrammers #unitedclub #myweekend #foodieinfluencer #foodiegram #foodielife #behindthescenes #foodevent #culinaryexperience #culinaryevent #willtravelforfood #food #instasalad #312eats #chicagofoodie
Flash Back Friday...when I recently enjoyed this fresh French Baguette from @lynfredwinery.   Did you know this bread is served in their tasting room?  Plus, they have numerous types of bread available for purchase.....so go in for your wine and bread needs, you won't be disappointed. 🍞 and 🍷 . #frenchbaguette #baguette #tasteexplorers #bread #breadlover #ourdailybread #artisanbread #lynfredwinery #onthetable #heresmyfood #realbread #homemade #foodie #breadofinstagram #roselle #forksupfriday #chicagogrammers #breadgram #friday #fbf #breadporn #chicagofoodie #eeeeeats #instagood #delicious #bakedgoods #culinarytravel #chicagobreadclub
A few weeks have passed and I am still dreaming of these Pop-tart-tins (back fat pastry, braised apple, maple bourbon glaze with triple smoked bacon candy sprinkles) from @Chef_JWFoster @vermillionroom at the epic Grand Cochon event held @citywinerychi.   JW a Toronto native, has led culinary teams in iconic hotels from Dallas to San Francisco, Shanghai to the Rocky Mountains. His passion is local and sustainable cuisine as he connects with farmers and ranchers.  Even though this plate of food was porktastic the #QueenOfPork goes to @katomlinson as announced by @Cochon555 Founder, Brady & the master of ceremonies @billyharris #tasteexplorers #grandcochon #cochon555 #cochon555ustour #food #eatbetter #pork #porkdishes #pork #chicagogrammers #foodie #foodieevent #yum #delish #whatiate #forkyeah #foodporn #foodcompetition #porklover #foodjudge #tastethis #foodlover #eatingfortheinsta #chicagoevents #recap #forkyeah #culinaryexperience #drinkeatjudge
Did not take long to finish this delicious bottle of wine, Oktoberfest from @lynfredwinery with our charcuterie board during our recent stay at their B & B. Yes, I also got 2 more bottles I purchased to enjoy at home during the fall months. #lynfred39 #lynfredwinery #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #sundaysipping #foodies #oktoberfest #wine #instawine #winegram #chilledwine #lynfredwine #myweekend #drinkthis #winephoto #winetime #saturdaysips #saturdaysmashup #chicagofoodie #midwesttravel #staycation
Lard brioche doughnut with sanguinaccio, candied orange, and cocoa nibs (made with the leaf lard & blood). This is one of the Grand Cochon competition dishes from 4 x James Beard award semifinalist....David Uygur, Chef/Owner of @lucia_dallas . On the evening of September 30th, ten chefs and their teams traveled to Chicago @citywinerychi from across U.S. and Canada to compete in the ultimate culinary competition @cochon555 spotlighting independent family farmers raising heritage breed pigs. The date also marked the 10 th anniversary of Cochon555’s first whole-pig competition in Atlanta. Since 2008, the tour has hosted more than 460 events in 28 cities, engaged over 15,000 chef participants and contestants, worked with 560 hog farmers, applauded 93 regional winners, and crowned nine national champions. The kick-off event to the Tenth Anniversary tour announced Chef Karyn Tomlinson @katomlinson of Corner Table in Minneapolis​, Cochon555’s first-ever “Queen of Pork” since the tour began in 2010. All told, more than 30 dishes were served to a sold-out crowd of 860 pork-loving epicureans and 30 celebrity judges who voted on the best menu. . #tasteexplorers #cochon555 #grandcochon #piggybankorg #doughnut #foodcompetition #foodsport #culinarycompetition #foodlove #tbt #judge555 #cochon555tour #instadought #donut #doughnuts #delicious #peoplemakingadifference #porklover #behindthescenes #eatfamous #chicagogrammers #foodie #foodbloggers  #tastethis #tastebudtuesday #sweet #sweettreat
A few weeks ago I had the sweetest adventure....being a gelato judge along with my fellow foodie friend @inspiringkitchen for the Chicago stop of @gelato_festival_america @chipremoutlets.   The gelato was made fresh that morning in the worlds largest gelato laboratory trailer, that is making it's way across America.  The winning gelato for the Chicago stop of the tour was the Salted B.C. Cherry Cheesecake gelato from Eric @bellagelateria and the runner up was a Eli's Strawberry Cheesecake gelato from Angelo @verocoffeegelato.   However, this is just the beginning of the journey to becoming the gelato champion of the world in Italy 2021.  This 4 year tour of sweetness will cover gelato competitions in 5 continents... will you be able to attend one of these events?  Check in with gelatofestivalamerica.com for dates and more information 🍨 . . #tbt #gelatofestival #gelatofestivalamerica #gelatofestival2018 #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #foodies #gelatolovers #fortheloveofgelato #gelato #chicagopremiumoutlets #italianfood #gelatoevent #onceinalifetime #willtravelforfood #foodjudge #foodcompetition #foodsport #chicagogrammers #gelatomania #eatingfortheinsta #gelatotime #foodiefun #foodiepic #foodielifestyle #foodieofinstagram #foodiegram #foodieadventure #foodieexperience
Sunday brunch on this beautiful sunny day in Chicago. Grateful this frittata not only was made for me, but I also learned the recipe and technique to cook it for myself and family in future.
Ok, so I received this foodie gift a few weeks ago from my dear friend @openwidetheworld who not only purchased me this unique donut (Mexican Hot Chocolate from @holeymoley in Milwaukee) but also dropped it off to my home, so I could eat this donut in its freshest state. That is what I call a true foodie friend. Yes, I enjoyed with a cold glass of milk (this donut flavor totally needs milk in my opinion) and I used my @certine_flatware to help savor each bite. For the record she has a page on her website dedicated to donuts 😋 What foodie gift have you ever gotten someone? #tasteexplorers #holeymoley #milwaukeefoodies #milwaukeefood #foodies #foodiessupportingfoodies #truefriend #donut #instadonut #gift #foodiegift #giftoffood #doughnut #donutlove #donutlover #tastethis #travelblogger #follow #foodiechats #openwidetheworld #mke #eeeeeats #eatingfortheinsta #eatfamous #milwaukeeeats #eatdessertfirst #donutmagazine #donutfriend
Ughhh I saw Halloween decor at Menards and pumpkin flavored food at Jewel in the last 48hrs :( Therefore, looking to hold on to summer somehow even if it is only looking at summer trip photos. This sunset was from July when visiting Holland, Michigan and going to a beach to watch the sunset fade away on Lake Michigan. Still surprises me how fast the sunset happens once the first bit of sun touches the horizon. Where is your favorite place to watch a sunset? . . . . . #tbt #hollandmichigan #hollandmi #westmichigan #chicagogrammers #thursdaytherapy #sunset #greatlakes #michigansummer #puremichigan #getoutstayout #optoutside #michiganlife #summervacation #beachsunset #sunsetmag #ig_sunset #sunsetgram #ilovesummer #summertime #summertimefuntime #lifewelltravelled #cooltravelpix #lakemichigan #midwestbloggers #mwtravel #missingsummeralready
Fashion is typically not what I post, but I could not resist sharing my cork (wine inspired) shoes on this Wine Wednesday.  I do love wine and had the pleasure of judging the Somm Smackdown earlier this year for the Chicago stop of @cochon555 where @sianfergusonnagan of Alinea was crowned the Sommelier Champ.  FYI the Royal Court of pig convenes in Chicago on 9/30 to crown the North American King or Queen of pork :) . #shoes #shoeselfie #shoestyle #shoestagram #instashoes #newshoes #shoesladies #wcbcstyle #corkshoes #saturdaysmashup #chicagogrammers #tasteexplorers #wineandshoes #wine #winewednesday #shoemodel #shoemodels #wineinspired #wednesday #mystyle #winejudge #foodjudge #willtravelforwine #winephoto #wednesdayvibes #wednesdaypost #fashion #foodieinfluencer #chicagostyle
Upside down blueberry polenta corn cake with orange vanilla custard sauce...a wonderful dessert I enjoyed a few weeks ago thanks to @ilfarmfam and @mommacuisine. Location was the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden @chicagobotanic as us foodies got together for an intimate dining experience for a chance to meet some of our Illinois farmers. . #onestateoneplate #tasteexplorers #ilfarmfamilies #chicagogrammers #culinaryexperience #culinaryevent #willtravelforfood #nomnom #yumm #eeeeets #instafood #farmtotable #farmfood #foodpic #dinnerparty #dinnerwithfriends #dinnertable #diningelfresco #summertimefood #dessert #dessertlover #dessertgram #desserttime #instadessert #chicagobotanicgarden #tastebudtuesday #eatingfortheinsta #foodism #eatrealfood
Got my first autographed wine bottle thanks to Kim, the winemaker from @loveblockwine .....you can not see fully but he wrote "Taste Explorers rock". Have you ever gotten a wine bottle autographed??? Or something else not typically autographed??? #loveblock #loveblockwine #tasteexplorers #autograph #autographed #signature #wine #winewednesday #oneandonly #foodies #somm #winephoto #chicagogrammers #newzealand #winepic #winelover #instawine #gifttomyself #treatyourself #myweek #howcoolisthat #chicagogrammers #winewed #foodieexperience #64winebar #kimcrawford #newzealandwine #winebottles #winetime
Cheers to the weekend :) Flashback to last weekend when I enjoyed a wonderful staycation that included a Def Leppard and Journey concert at Wrigley Field. Yes, @defleppard has their own craft beer with @elysianbrewing that is served at concerts...for a one of a kind rock n roll experience. #defleppard #defleppardxjourney #defleppardbeer #elysian #beer #craftbeer #beerlover #instabeer #elysianbeer #defleppardpale #staycation #fbf #myweekend #drinkthis #instacraftbeer #tasteexplorers #cheers #defleppardconcert #wrigleyfield #chicagogrammers #rocknroll #beerblogger #beerlover #chicagoevents #visitchicago #foodie #foodieexperience #cheers #friday
Summer grilled peach salad thanks to a recipe from @mommacuisine. Enjoyed this salad thanks to an invite from @ilfarmfam to help learn more about Illinois farmers and how we as foodies can support them. In this salad we had bacon. Illinois pork farmers produce bacon for brand names and store labels alike. The added crunch of bacon on this salad was joined by dairy feta cheese along with farmer grown peaches, greens, and pecans. #onestateoneplate #ilfarmfamilies #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #culinaryexperience #culinaryevent #willtravelforfood #yum #nomnom #eeeeeats #instafood #salad #fruitsalad #instasalad #eatinghealthy #healthyeating #saladlover #saladgram #summertimefood #summersalad #supportingfarmers #farmtotable #farmfood #goodeats #saladrecipe #tuesdaytastes #saturday #foodpic
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