Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Field Museum (1400 S. Lakeshore Drive)

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for the 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, organized by Choose Chicago. Join us inside the Field Museum for savory and sweet food tastings from about 60 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Toast to the city's culinary scene with our beer, wine, and spirit sponsors. 

Joe Flamm, Executive Chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia and winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 15, will serve as Host Chef of this year's event.

He’ll be joined by Host Mixologist Jarmel Doss, assistant bar director of The Aviary and winner of the first Chicago STARS Mixology competition.

This year’s event will benefit Pilot Light, a local non-profit that helps kids make healthier choices through food education.

Check back for menus and a list of participating restaurants!

First Bites Bash Sponsors

Chef Joe Flamm
Host Chef Joe Flamm
Joe Flamm is Executive Chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia. In 2018, Flamm was the winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 15.
Jarmel Doss
Host Mixologist Jarmel Doss
Jarmel Doss is the Assistant Bar Director at The Aviary. In 2018, she was named the winner of the inaugural Chicago STARS Mixology Competition by the National Restaurant Association.

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