Eataly has been open for about a year. So its official opening party, planned for November, is going to be eventful.

The Italian specialty grocer at NorthPark Center is closing its marketplace Nov. 12 to throw the All You Can Eataly party. It’s inviting neighbors to partake in “endless” food, drink and entertainment.

Eataly will have more than 100 wine tastings, more than 30 stations offering tastes of Italian artisanal bites — Neapolitan pizza, fresh pasta and homemade desserts, to name a few — and dozens of chef-led demonstrations. Outside, the store is setting up a tent filled with wood-burning grills to cook traditional Italian spiedini (skewers), an Aperol spritz bar, a multi-piece band and more.

Plus, local artist Volta Smith will be creating complimentary, custom watercolor art for party guests to take home. And all ticket holders will get an Eataly-branded wine holder.

General admission tickets are available for $99 per person. VIP tickets cost $149 per person and give attendees early access to the event, a curated selection of premium Italian wine to taste, chef tastings of Italian truffle dishes, fresh lobster and Calvisius caviar, and a chef demonstration by executive chef Jake Epstein.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 7 p.m. for general admission guests.

Eataly, which opened Caffé Lavazza in May, is located at 8687 North Central Expressway.


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