First Bites Bash - Field Museum

First Bites Bash

January 23, 2020

Join your culinary colleagues at the 9th annual First Bites Bash

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, showcasing sweet and savory tastings from more than 60 Chicago Restaurant Week participants, along with beer, wine and cocktail pairings to a consumer audience of over 2,000 people. Choose Chicago will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which will directly support a Chicago based culinary student.

This year’s event will take place Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Field Museum.

Participating restaurants to provide:

  • Tasting portions to feed 2,000+ guests throughout the full three (3) hours of the event (MINIMUM of 1,000 portions)
  • Chef/Owner for photo ops and interviews during the event
  • Chef’s assistant and service personnel for service (max of 4 individuals, including Chef/Owner)
  • All equipment needed to prep and dish up food item
  • Chef name, restaurant name and menu item for signage
  • Optional roll-up signage/tablecloth

*Anticipated event attendance is 2,000+ guests.

In order to participate in First Bites Bash, you must be registered for Chicago Restaurant Week.

Submissions are due no later than Friday, November 22nd, 2019. Submissions after this deadline CANNOT be considered. Menu items will be confirmed at a later date.


For questions concerning First Bites Bash, please contact Lori Adlesick at or 312-567-8496, or Ben Smock at or 312-656-6849.

First Bites Bash timeline checklist:

11/22/19: Complete your First Bites Bash registration including all contact information including restaurant name, chef name and social handles

12/13/19: Submit the menu item you will be serving at First Bites Bash as well as your menu needs including plates/bowls, utensils, power, etc

1/16/20: Submit all staff names for event. Due to capacity at the venue, you are allowed a MAXIMUM of 4 staff members (this includes your chef). NO EXCEPTIONS. Beverage and specialty sponsors are allowed a maximum of 2 staff members. Wristbands will ONLY be provided to pre-registered staff members.

1/23/20: Prepare a MINIMUM of 1,000 bite-sized portions for the event. We expect approximately 2,000+ attendees and please keep in mind that running out of food will be viewed negatively by attendees who include consumers, sponsors, VIPs and media.

First Bites Bash Sponsors

100.3 WSHE
101.9 WTMX
Chicago Concierge
James Beard Foundation
Regional transportation Authority

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