First Bites Bash

January 21, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Great Hall at Union Station (500 W. Jackson Boulevard)
Admission $125/person


First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for the 9th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Join us inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station for savory and sweet food tastings from over 60 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Toast to the city's culinary scene with beer, wine, and cocktail pairings from Goose Island Beer Company, Terlato Wines International, and several leading spirit partners.

Executive Chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (no portion of the ticket will be deductible for charitable income tax purposes).

Browse the list of restaurants below to see who will be at First Bites Bash 2016, see what's on the menu and view photos from the 2015 event for a taste of what's to come.

Official After Party at W City Center
Keep the bites and sips going at the W City Center Hotel. Mix and mingle from 8:30-10:30 p.m. with DJ Beats, complimentary dessert bites and drink specials. Goose Island will be providing complimentary beer while supplies last. The After Party will be held in Great Room 2 of the W Hotel (2nd floor). Want to stay all night? Take the elevator home with rates from just $109 that night.


Sample and sip your way through a night of delicious tastings. All chefs and restaurants are Chicago Restaurant Week participants and will be previewing a select dish from their special prix-fixe menu. An array of beer, wine and cocktail pairings from Goose Island Beer Co, Terlato Wines International and several leading spirits round out the offerings. Get a sneak peek at the First Bites Bash 2016 menu here!

a tavola Osteria La Madia
Appellation Oyster Bah
Bar Pastoral Piccolo Sogno
Bar Siena Porkchop
Bistrot Zinc PROSECCO
Bull & Bear Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Remington's
Carnivale Rockit
Chop Roka Akor
Cindy's RoSal's
Cochon Volant Roy's
Current Saigon Sisters
Devon Seafood Grill Shaw's Crab House
Dine Restaurant South Branch
Eli's Cheesecake Bakery and Café State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Farmhouse Chicago Summer House Santa Monica
Filini Restaurant Tanta
FRONTIER Tapas Valencia
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Tavern on Rush
Intro tesori trattoria and bar
Ixcateco Grill Texas De Brazil
Jellyfish The Berghoff Restaurant
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab The Grill on the Alley
Kinmont The Signature Room at the 95th
Labriola Chicago The Windsor
May Street Cafe Tuscany on Taylor
Mercat a la planxa Vermilion
Mon Ami Gabi Lincoln Park White Oak Tavern & Inn
Odyssey Cruises Chicago Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi Bar
Orso's Restaurant Wildfire
Goose Island Beer Co.
Terlato Wines International
Langley's No. 8 Gin
Riazul Tequila
Don Pancho Origenes Rum (Panama)
CH Vodka
Maker's Mark
Crafthouse Cocktails
San Pelligrino
Aqua Panna
Perrier Sparkling
Metric Coffee Co.


  • Tickets are now sold out online and will not be available at the door.

  • All ticket sales are final.

  • Must be 21 years or older with valid photo identification to be admitted to First Bites Bash.

  • Doors at Union Station will open at 5:30 pm – PLEASE NOTE that guests must use the Jackson Boulevard entrance.

  • Bring a printed ticket or have your mobile ticket ready to scan at the door.

  • Parking: Entrance to the self-park parking garage is located on S. Canal St. between Van Buren & Jackson on the west side of the street. For a map and driving directions, click here.

  • Business or cocktail party attire is suggested.

  • Complimentary coat check is located upon entering Jackson Blvd. entrance, with a second location at the bottom of the stairs after check-in.

  • All food and beverage items will be tasting portions.

After First Bites Bash, the culinary celebration continues! The 9th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week gets underway the very next night and runs from January 22 to February 4, 2016. The 14-day dining event highlights multiple course menus at over 350 restaurants across the city. Learn more at
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Chef Tony Priolo

Host, First Bites Bash 2016
Tony Priolo grew up as a young boy cooking with his Sicilian grandmother in her Chicago kitchen, where he was taught the best food comes from a profound place of love and passion. He opened his first restaurant Piccolo Sogno (which means “little dream” in Italian) in 2008, providing seasonally-inspired, regional Italian fare to Chicago. The success led him to open Piccolo Sogno Due in 2012, bringing coastal Italian cuisine to River North. Chef Priolo is honored to be a part of the local Chicago chef community and is proud of the national and international exposure that the city continues to garner.
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The charity beneficiary for this year's bash, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo. Anthony realized during his own battle with cancer that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for him, it was even more difficult for his family. Anthony believes that an individual does not battle cancer alone, but that the whole family battles it together. The mission of the foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease.
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