First Bites Bash

January 26, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Early Bird Admission - $95 (limited quantity)
Regular Admission $125/person


First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Join us inside the magnificent Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier 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 wine and spirits.

Chef/Partner Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository*.

Browse the list of restaurants below to see who will be at First Bites Bash 2017 and view photos from the 2016 event for a taste of what's to come.

*No portion of the ticket will be deductible for charitable income tax purposes.


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 wine and spirits will round out the offerings.

a TavolaLawry's the Prime Rib – Chicago
Ada St.May Street Café
Bar PastoralMercat a la Planxa
Bar RomaNando Milano Trattoria
Bar Takito, LLCNaoki Sushi
Bernie's Lunch & SupperOdyssey Cruises
BistronomicOsteria La Madia
Cafe SpiaggiaPiccolo Sogno
Cantina LaredoPinstripes
ChopRiva Crab House
Cindy'sRiver Roast
Cochon Volant BrasserieRockit Bar & Grill
Coq d'OrRoka Akor
Devon Seafood GrillRoy's
Dolce ItalianSaint Lou's Assembly
Dos Urban CantinaSeven Lions
EdenShaw's Crab House
Eli's CheesecakeSiena Tavern
Farmhouse ChicagoState and Lake Chicago Tavern
Fig & OliveSteadfast at the Gray
Filini Bar and Restaurant Located at Radisson Blu Aqua HotelTapas Valencia
FrontierTavern On Rush
Fulton Market KitchenTerzo Piano
Hilton Chicagotesori trattoria & bar
Homestead on the RoofTEXAS DE BRAZIL
III Forks SteakhouseThe Berghoff Restaurant
Il PorcellinoThe Promontory
Imperial LamianUntitled Supper Club
IntroWicker Park Seafood & Sushi
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabWildfire
Kinzie ChophouseZED451
Enjoy wines and spirits from Terlato Wines and TD Artisan Spirits
The FederalistGrace Lane
LapostolleFlor de Campo
Seven DaughtersCecchi
Rutherford HillLoveblock
MarkhamPiper Heidsieck
CusumanoTerlato Vineyards
BellerucheTangley Oaks
Greystone CellarsDavid Bruce
RiondoWairau River
Conde ValdemarNino Franco
Langley’s No. 8 GinAmarula Cream Liqueur
Heartland GinNonino Amaro and Nonino Chardonnay Grappa
Bain’s Cape Mountain WhiskyDeanston Virgin Oak Scotch
Riazul Tequila – PlataBlack Bottle Blended Whisky
Don Pancho Origenes 8 Year Old RumTigre Blanc Vodka
Chicago Draft Style  


  • All ticket sales are final.

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

  • All guests must enter through the Grand Ballroom entrance off of the Entrance 2 turn-around. Doors will open at 5:30PM.

  • Complimentary coat check is located upon entering at Entrance 2 and making your way upstairs.

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

  • All food and beverage items will be tasting portions.

  • Parking is available in Navy Pier garages. Learn more about parking and driving directions.

  • Business or cocktail party attire is suggested.

Get Social! Share your photos at the event #FirstBites17 @ChooseChicago

Restaurant Week Sponsors


Host, First Bites Bash 2017
Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 160,000 meals every day.

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