Barbecue, Rhythm, and Brews 2017

Do you love live music, craft beer, and great food as much as we do? Then mark your calendar for our annual Rhythm, Barbecue, and Brews event at Sunset Foods Libertyville! From 11am-4pm on Saturday, September 23rd, we'll be providing a trifeca of end-of-summer fun. 

Get ready to get down. This year's live music will be provided by Phil Baron & Friends featuring Sharon Lewis and Dave Herrero. 

Comfort foods are our specialty. Sunset's Grill and Smokehouse will be serving up a full menu of ribs, brisket burgers, pulled pork, bratwurst, mac and cheese, roasted corn on the cob, and other delectable barbecue favorites. 

A $15 admission fee gets you an all-access pass to our beer tent, where you can sample over 30 of our favorite craft beers. Guests must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and should be prepared to show ID.

Sunset Foods Libertyville is located at 1451 W. Peterson, Libertyville, IL, 60048. See you there! 

Rhythm and Brews



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Gluten-Free Food, Facts, and Fun - Sunset's Gluten-Free Expo



Have you eliminated gltuen from your diet? Then Sunset’s Gluten-Free Expo is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Attendee will have the opportunity to sample, learn about, and purchase products from over 25 leading gluten-free vendors. Whether you're a gluten-free novice, veteran, or just like to eat, this is the event for you. 

Sunset believes that going gluten-free shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality or flavor. With this in mind, Sunset has chosen vendors and products for the Gluten-Free Expo that are sure to please every palate. Sweet and savory foods of all kinds will featured at the event.

The Gluten-Free Expo is at Sunset Highland Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10am to 2pm. Sunset Foods Highland Park is located at 1812 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL, 60035. See you there! 

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The Hatch Chile: One Fiesta-Worthy Pepper

Hatch Chiles are a finer gastronomic pleasure that, when you have the opportunity, you should really try.
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A Hatch Chile is a green chili around 4-5 inches in length. They’re grown exclusively in a 100 square-mile area of New Mexico called the Mesilla Valley. The chili is named after the town of “Hatch”, a small village in the valley.

Like wine, the best chilies are grown in climates with hot daytime temperatures and cold nights. The intense sunlight and cool evening in the Mesilla Valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. Served raw, Hatch Chiles have earthy flavors, mild heat, and a subtle sweetness. Served roasted, these flavors intensify, creating complex, zesty and smoky flavors. Hatch Chiles are about half as hot as jalapenos. They tingle on the tongue rather than burn. Their meaty flesh stands up well to an open flame.

Hatch Chiles Roasted

During the chili harvest, Hatch, NM hosts an annual Hatch Chile roast and festival. Thousands of out-of-state and international visitors flock to the sleepy New Mexican town to experience the esteemed Hatch Chile.

Sunset shoppers need only travel as far as the nearest Sunset store to experience a freshly roasted Hatch Chile. We’re shipping in Hatch Chiles direct from New Mexico, and roasting them outside all Sunset locations. Here’s the schedule:

Hatch Chile schedule


Our rotating drum roasters turn the chilies as they roast over an open flame at 900 degrees. Watch them blister, char, and pop, then taste for yourself what all the hype is about. Purchase the chilies by-the-pound and stock up for the rest of the year (roasted Hatch Chiles freeze well in zip-lock bags). Or try one of Sunset’s original recipes featuring our favorite chili, such as:

Items featuring Hatch Chiles

Hatch Chile season is short. Fresh chilies are available for a limited 6-week window, with late August being peak harvest. Get ‘em while they’re hot! 

Courtney Mayszak, RDN, LDN 847.681.5513

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Fall Cheese Tasting Events

We’re kicking off a new weekend cheese tasting series that offers the opportunity to learn about dozens of delectable cheeses while getting the chance to sample them all.

This series is much more than just a tasting event. It’s a grand tour with some of the best artisanal guides in the business. Guests are invited to explore Sunset’s wide range of high-quality cheeses and talk with cheese experts.

The wide array of cheeses showcased each week will include plenty of the best quality international and domestic varieties. We’ll have creamy and flavorful options from Ireland’s Kerrygold, France’s Champs-Élysées, Italy’s Isola, and Spain’s Manchego. Our experts will also feature savory local and domestic offerings including Wisconsin Artisan Cheese, La Bottega Di Belgioioso, and Sartori cheeses.

Join us Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy this free event! It all kicks off September 10 at Sunset’s Highland Park location, September 17 at our Northbrook location, September 24 at our Lake Forest location, October 8 at our Long Grove location, and October 22 at our Libertyville location.

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