First Bites Bash

Returning in early 2015

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago.

On January 23, 2014, over 1,000 guests gathered inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station for a food-filled evening where they enjoyed savory and sweet tastings from over 50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Executive Chef Paul Kahan hosted the event, proceeds of which benefited two local charities, Gilda’s Club Chicago and Pilot Light.

Special thanks to our beverage partners Goose Island and Terlato Wines for providing beer and wine tastings to compliment the savory items from our restaurant partners.

Be sure to check back for details on First Bites Bash 2015 — as well as Chicago Restaurant Week — at


Sample and sip your way through tastings offered by a variety of Restaurant Week participants and our First Bites Bash beverage partners — see the list from the 2014 event below and get a peek from that event menu here.

Bar Pastoral Pazzos Cucina Italiana
Beatrix Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Big Star Piccolo Sogno Due
Bistronomic Porkchop
Bistrot Zinc Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Bread & Wine Quay Restaurant & Bar
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Riva Crab House
Carnivale Rockit Bar & Grill
Catch 35 Chicago Roka Akor
Chicago q Roy's Restaurant
Davanti Enoteca Shaw's Chicago
Devon Siena Tavern
Dine Restaurant South Water Kitchen
EL BARCO Standard Market Grill
Embeya Summer House Santa Monica
Epic Restaurant TABLE fifty-two
Farmhouse Tavern Tapas Valencia
Fresco 21 Tavern on Rush
Frontier Tavernita
Gallery Bar tesori
Homestead on the Roof The Berghoff
Howells & Hood The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
IPO Restaurant The GRID
Kinzie Chophouse The Refinery
La Madia The Signature Room at the 95th®
Little Market Brasserie Trenchermen
Local Root Tuscany Taylor
Magnolia Bakery TWO Restaurant and Bar
Mercadito Untitled
Mercat a la planxa Wildfire
Mon Ami Gabi ZED451
Osteria Via Stato  
American Harvest Organic Spirit
312 by Goose Island Beer Co.
Matilda by Goose Island Beer Co.
Sofie by Goose Island Beer Co.
Ten Hills by Goose Island Beer Co.
Sugar Island Rum
Terlato Wines International
Tres Agaves Tequila
Woodford Reserve
Restaurant Week Sponsors
For First Bites Bash or Chicago Restaurant Week inquiries: