It's the first foodie fête of the year and the date is set for Thursday, January 21, 2016.
First Bites Bash 2016 will take over Union Station's Great Hall and bring in over 60 Chicago restaurants to showcase small bites both sweet and savory. Executive Chef Tony Priolo (Executive Chef/Partner of Piccolo Sogno & Piccolo Sogno Due) will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
Start 2016 off with this stylish celebration of our culinary scene. Get the rundown of the event below, and then get your tickets! Admission is $125 per person. Tickets are available online now at firstbitesbash.eventbrite.com.
First Bites Bash by the Numbers
A total of 62 food stations from Chicago's top chefs and most beloved restaurants will each preview tasting portions from their respective Restaurant Week menus. Get the complete list at firstbitesbash.com.
22 New Participants
The lineup includes several new First Bites Bash participants — Bar Siena, Chop, Cindy's, Intro and Ixcateco Grill among them — and some of the newest places to open in Chicago, such as Appellation (from the Pastoral team) and Oyster Bah (a brand-new concept from Lettuce Entertain You).
1 Incredible Charity
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by the Chicago Cubs First Baseman whose mission is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease.
3 Hours of Sampling
The party goes from 5:30 - 8:30pm... bring an appetite!
8 Drink Partners
Beer, wine and spirits tastings are included, courtesy of Goose Island Beer Co., Terlato Wines International, Langley's No. 8 Gin, Riazul Tequila, Don Pancho Origenes Rum (Panama), CH Vodka, Maker's Mark and Crafthouse Cocktails.
Mix and mingle, dine and dance, with a massive crowd of fellow food-frenzied guests throughout the spacious Great Hall in Union Station.
+ BONUS: 14 More Days of Dining Follow
Did you know First Bites Bash is the official kickoff event to Chicago Restaurant Week? Launching the very next day January 22 and running through February 4 are two weeks of dining deals as more than 360 Chicago restaurants feature prix fixe meals starting at $22. Online reservations will be available beginning early January at eatitupchicago.com.
First Bites Bash is sponsored by: 100.3fm WSHE; 101.9fm THE MIX; American Airlines; American Express; Goose Island Beer Company; Michigan Avenue Magazine; NBC5 Chicago; OpenTable; Terlato Wines International, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.