Paul Kahan

Beloved Chicago chef Paul Kahan, the man who even has his own calendar day on October 17 ("Chef Paul Kahan Day"), has done it again. His newest dining concept Nico Osteria debuted earlier this week in Chicago's newest hotel Thompson Chicago. Less than two months away from hosting this 2014's First Bites Bash, Nico Osteria's opening has Chicago insatiably hungry for more Chef Kahan creations.

Authentically Italian and seafood-driven, Executive Chef Kahan and restauranteurs Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Kimberly Galban welcomed the first guests into Nico Osteria's walls Monday, December 2. Its warm and inviting feel is designed to usher in hotel guests and local diners alike, featuring both small and large plates incorporating chef Erling Wu-Bower of avec regional Italian seafood and house-made pastas.

After a choice of one of Wu-Bower's eight pasta dishes, fish and meat entrees, and many delectable small plates, guests be amiss not to sample the Nico Torte or one of acclaimed pastry chef Amanda Rockman's creative sweet along with a cocktail from Matty Eggleston.

Chef Kahan has once again assembled a brilliant staff, crafted an intriguing restaurant concept and recaptured the attention of all Chicago foodies. Still can't get enough Kahan? Join Executive Chef Kahan as he hosts this year's First Bites Bash event January 23, 2014. Why buy tickets to this culinary kickoff to Restaurant Week and the foodie event of the season? You already know that Chicago's high tide of restaurant openings and accolades is unmatched, and First Bites Bash is your opportunity to experience the newest, craftiest venues in town, all hosted by the one and only Chef Paul Kahan. Better yet, a portion of the proceeds will benefit two local charities, Gilda's Club Chicago and Pilot Light. 

To summarize: Chef Paul Kahan. Eating. Drinking. Charity Work. All in one night.

So take the time between now and January 23 to make your reservations at Nico Osteri, and prepare yourself to be best of your ability for the grandeur of First Bites Bash. 

Purchase your First Bites Bash tickets here! (First in-line tickets: $100, available for a limited time. General admision: $125)