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EVENT | Zac Brown Band After Show

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Chef Rusty Hamlin is just the greatest! We loved working with this guy!

When we found out Zac Brown Band‘s Great American Road Trip tour was stopping here in Chicago we immediately bought tickets and then starting trying to get in touch with Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin.

Chef Craig and his family actually met Chef Rusty and Zac at last year’s tour “Eat and Greet” event with the band. (If you’re a fan, we highly suggest buying a ticket to one of their Eat and Greet dinners. You’ll get to visit with the band up close and personal and proceeds benefit their non-profit Camp Southern Ground.)

As you know we’re all about good food, family, friends and having a really good time with genuine, good people we wanted to offer to cook for the band and their crew post-show. Two days before the show, when we thought “Eh, maybe next year” Chef Rusty gave us a call and the plans were in motion.

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If you follow us on Instagram you probably know what happened next. Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, we pulled our pig rig into Wrigley Field‘s parking lot backstage next to the band’s private buses and trailers to start smoking and grilling food for the band and crew to enjoy after their concert. Menu items included our Buffalo Chicken Empanada poppers, Brick Oven Margherita Pizzas, Au Gratin Potatoes, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and (of course) the usual suspects — our signature Bacon Brittle, Dry Rubbed Ribs and the Memphis Cheese Plate bites.

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A big thanks to Chef Rusty, Noah and the entire Zac Brown Band and crew for letting us set up and serve our gourmet Southern BBQ fare before they headed to Detroit for their next stop. What a great night we had!

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The only proper way to say thank you was a basket full of Big Hatt goods — Tender Grind, Rub Me Tender, and loads of BHG tee shirts!

The only proper way to say thank you was a basket full of Big Hatt goods — Tender Grind, Rub Me Tender, and loads of BHG tee shirts!

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