December 6, 2016



Michelle Revuelta

Melanie Perez


Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago and producer of Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), announced today that ticket sales are now open for First Bites Bash - the official kick-off event for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week. Sarah Grueneberg, Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will host the highly-anticipated annual event on Thursday, January 26 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. A portion of the proceeds generated by ticket sales will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

"Each year, we come together to celebrate Chicago's fabulous culinary scene with this great event," said David Whitaker, Choose Chicago President and CEO. "This year, we're thrilled that our event will support the work of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a fantastic organization dedicated to providing food to a network of more than 650 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Chicago and Cook County."

Originally from Houston, Grueneberg is a Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago's West Loop, which she opened in November 2015 with business partner and long-time friend Meg Sahs. Known for their contemporary Italian fare and global wines, the restaurant has received numerous accolades including: one of Food & Wine's "America's Best Restaurants," Eater Chicago's "Restaurant of the Year," and one of Chicago Magazine's "15 Best New Restaurants."

"I'm honored to host First Bites Bash 2017 and kick off Chicago Restaurant Week with fellow chefs, restaurants and guests," said Monteverde Chef Sarah Grueneberg. "This event and restaurant week affords locals and visitors the opportunity to experience Chicago's diverse restaurant scene by enjoying new restaurants and old favorites, all at an approachable price."

More than 60 restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week will be on-site to preview tasting portions from their respective Restaurant Week menus. Guests can toast to the Chicago area's culinary scene with wine and spirit pairings from Terlato Wines portfolio. Tickets are available for purchase at for $125 per person.  A limited number of early bird tickets are available at a discounted rate of $95.

First-time participants at First Bites Bash include: Nonnina, Seven Lions, Steadfast at The Gray, Il Porcellino, Imperial Lamian and The Promontory, to name a few. The complete list of First Bites Bash participants is available at

Chicago Restaurant Week, taking place January 27 - February 9, 2017 offers locals and visitors 14 days to experience Chicago's diverse culinary talent with more than 350 restaurants featuring prix fixe menus. Brunch, a new offering for CRW 2017, and lunch menus will be available for $22 and dinner for $33 and/or $44, excluding beverage, tax and gratuity. Visit beginning December 16 to view participating restaurants, menus and make online reservations.

First Bites Bash is sponsored by: 100.3fm WSHE; 101.9fm THE MIX; American Airlines; American Express; Michigan Avenue Magazine; NBC 5 Chicago; OpenTable and Terlato Wines.

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About Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor destination leveraging the city's unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. For more information, visit Follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter.  Like us on Facebook.  Follow the conversation on Twitter with #FirstBites17 and #CRW17.