Chicago Restaurant Week 2012 Kicks Off With First Bites Bash.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2012 Kicks Off With First Bites Bash.
Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard will host the first annual First Bites Bash benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Chicago, Thursday, January 19, 2012. Get a mouth-watering preview of what Chicago’s best chefs will be serving up for Chicago Restaurant Week 2012 at the kick off of the first annual First Bites Bash in the magnificent Great Hall at Union Station.  Stephanie Izard’s “The Girl and the Goat” and soon-to-open “The Little Goat” will be hosting the event taking place Thursday, February 2 from 6p.m. to 9p.m.

Sweet and savory tastings from more than 50 of Chicago’s critically acclaimed chefs with James Beard nominations, Michelin Guide stars, Top Chef titles and more will join the celebration, that will showcase a “Who’s Who” of Chicago’s culinary elite from restaurants including: Chicago q, David Burke’s Primesteak House, Henri, Piccolo Sogno, Mercadito, N9NE Steakhouse, Spiaggia, Park Grill, Public House, Bistronomic, Cape Cod Room, Keefers, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, Rhapsody, Harry Caray’s, Catch 35 and more.

“The First Bites Bash is not only an opportunity to indulge in what Chicago’s best chefs will be serving for the fifth annual Chicago Restaurant Week, it is also a celebration of Chicago as a culinary mecca,” said Don Welsh, CCTB president and CEO.  “The overwhelming commitment to Chicago Restaurant Week from some of the country’s most well-known chefs and restaurants speaks volumes about Chicago’s growing appeal as a global dining destination.”

Tickets for the First Bites Bash.

Tickets for First Bites Bash featuring sweet and savory tastings from more than 50 of Chicago’s top restaurants are available for purchase online for $125 per person.  Thursday, February 2 from 6pm to 9pm. Great Hall at Chicago’s Union Station (Jackson Avenue entrance). 100% of net proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Enter promo code: for $25 off First Bites Bash tickets.

Reservations for Chicago Restaurant Week 2012.

Chicago Restaurant Week is a celebration of Chicago’s finest culinary talents.  The 10-day experience begins February 17 and runs through February 26 with more than 200 participating restaurants featuring prix fixe lunches for $22 and dinners for $33 and $44, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.  Online reservations are now available.


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    Such an exciting event! We are so fortunate to have so many amazing chefs call Chicago home.

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