First Bites Bash

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Great Hall at Union Station
500 W. Jackson St.

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Join us inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station for savory and sweet tastings from over 50 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, CH Distillery, Crafthouse Cocktails, and Koval.

Restaurateur & master sommelier, Alpana Singh will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Corporation.

In addition to all the gourmet tasting stations, be sure to visit the Lexus car display and enter to win a #LexusVIPNight. The lucky winner and 3 guests will have a night on the town that includes pre-dinner cocktails at The Violet Hour, an exclusive 4-course dinner at Nico Osteria and hotel stay at Thompson Hotel.

First Bites Bash Admission: $125/person


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 spirits partners round out the offerings.

Browse the list of restaurants for First Bites Bash 2015 below and get a sneak peek of the full tasting menu here.

Acanto May Street Cafe
Ada Street Mariano's
Artango Bistro Mercadito Fish
Bar Pastoral Mon Ami Gabi
Bistronomic Moto Restaurant
Bistrot Zinc Odyssey Cruises
The Boarding House Orso's Restaurant
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Paramount Room
Carnivale Parrot Cage Restaurant
Celeste Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen Porkchop
Davanti Enoteca Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Devon Seafood Grill Roka Akor Chicago
Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe Roy's Restaurant
EPIC Restaurant Shaw's Crab House
Farmhouse Tavern Siena Tavern
Fig & Olive South Water Kitchen
Frontier State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Francesca's Restaurants Summer House Santa Monica
Fulton Market Kitchen Table Fifty-Two
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Tapas Valencia
Homestead on the Roof Tavern on Rush
Howells & Hood Tesori
Hub 51 The Berghoff
Jellyfish The Signature Room at the 95th
Kinzie Chophouse Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi Bar
La Madia Wildfire
Local Root ZED451
CH Distillery
Crafthouse Cocktails
Goose Island Beer Co.
Terlato Wines International


  • Tickets for First Bites Bash 2015 are SOLD OUT and will not be available for purchase at the event.

  • All ticket sales are final. 

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

  • Doors at Union Station will open at 5:30 pm – PLEASE NOTE that guests must use the Jackson Street 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 St. 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 8th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week gets underway the very next night and runs from January 30 to February 12, 2015. The 14-day dining event highlights multiple course menus at over 250 restaurants across the city. Learn more at
Restaurant Week Sponsors

Alpana Singh

Host, First Bites Bash 2015
Restaurateur and master sommelier Alpana Singh served as the host of the Emmy Award-winning television show, Check, Please!   for ten seasons on Chicago’s PBS station. During this time, Singh was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and became the director of wine and spirits for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. After more than a decade with the company, Singh opened The Boarding House, a wine-driven concept in the River North neighborhood in December 2012, and will open her newest restaurant Seven Lions in early 2015.
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In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.
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