Fine Food & Drink

First Look for Charity 2017 Food & Beverage Sponsors

First Look for Charity, Chicago Auto Show's benevolent black-tie event, serves as the exclusive preview of the nation's largest auto show featuring hundreds of new vehicles, some on display for the first time anywhere. Guests will be transported through an evening of opulence as they peruse the show floor and are presented with tastings of popular menu items from Chicago's top restaurants and catering companies. Various beverage brands will offer signature cocktails, craft beers, and a selection of wines. Browse our current list of food and beverage sponsors below. Stay in touch to learn about new sponsors and what each will be serving the night of the event.
 
RESTAURANT & CATERING SPONSORS*
 
SAVOR Chicago | www.savorchicagomcpl.com | @McCormick_Place
At SAVOR. . . our philosophy is simple . . . our food is Fresh, Honest, Uncomplicated yet Innovative and Flavorful.  From our 20,000+ sq. ft. rooftop garden (the Midwest's largest), SAVOR...Chicago provides the freshest of ingredients to feature in Windy City Harvest menu selections at the 23rd St. Café as well as local flavors straight from small purveyors specializing in organic breads, meats raised without antibiotics and other farm-to-fork favorites from local businesses in our restaurants and catering operation. We take our commitment to the environment very seriously and, along with the MPEA, are focused on driving significant change in the convention center industry. SAVOR...Chicago has been recognized locally and nationally for our sustainability leadership and innovation.As the exclusive caterer at McCormick Place, SAVOR . . . Chicago has raised the stakes with our commitment to provide guests with an exceptional food experience. Enjoy!
 
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ADOBO GRILL | www.AdoboGrill.com | @AdobogrillOT
Adobo Grill Serving authentic Mexican cuisine in a festive and inviting atmosphere, that will give diners the chance to enjoy Adobo's fresh guacamole, prepared tableside, diverse selection of 100% blue agave tequila. From traditional en Adobo entrees to delicioso desserts, this festive, authentic Mexican experience is unmatched.
 
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AceBounce | www.AceBounce.com | @AceBounce
AceBounce is an immense ping pong playground with award winning chefs and mixologists, creating an unprecedented party experience.
 
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ANDY'S FROZEN CUSTARD | www.EatAndys.com | @EatAndys
Andy’s Frozen Custard has been a proud dessert sponsor for First Look for Charity since 2012.   The mission, led by Andy’s Frozen Custard owner and President Andy Kuntz,  requires the collaboration of all seven Andy’s locations in Illinois, and the dedication of a dozen store managers who carefully transport one of Andy’s 1,800 lb. custom designed frozen custard machines, a large ice-cream (frozen custard) cone structure, and hundreds of pounds of locally sourced fresh ingredients to produce and serve the freshest frozen custard sundaes possible to event attendees. Andy’s Frozen Custard takes great pride in offering something not easily found today: a made-from-scratch frozen treat that is made fresh every hour using locally sourced ingredients, and served at the exact right temperature - the fresh flavors are unparalleled! Andy's Frozen Custard began in Missouri in 1986 and now has locations throughout the country including Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Andy's has seven Chicagoland locations: Bolingbrook, Burbank, Countryside, Evanston, Naperville, Oak Lawn, and Oswego, Illinois, with plans to open more stores in 2017.  For more information visit www.eatandys.com.
 
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BUTTER BELLA COOKIES | www.ButterBella.com | @TheButterBella
Butter Bella is a small-batch artisan bakery located in Chicago, Illinois. Using cherished family recipes, our cookies never fail to bring back happy childhood memories. We use Midwest ingredients and our natural, handmade cookies are free of preservatives or artificial flavors. We are dedicated to and are proud to bake for families everywhere. Butter Bella regularly donates time, talent and cookies to causes that are important to us all. We hope you enjoy our assorted gourmet treats including, our Original Butter Cookie, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Lemon, Mocha Almond Chip and Sprinkles cookie. 
 
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CARNIVALE | www.CarnivaleChicago.com | @Carnivale312
Chef Rodolfo Cuadros' cuisine is influenced by his love for deeply rooted traditions in Hispanic culture. Carnivale's menu highlights dishes from the Caribbean, Spain, South and Central America and sources the best local ingredients to bring you an unforgettable experience in Latin-American flavors. We're famous for our award-winning mojitos, fresh ceviche and wood-grilled steak.
 
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CATERED BY DESIGN | www.CateredbyDesign.com | @CateredbyDesign
Chef Rodolfo Cuadros' cuisine is influenced by his love for deeply rooted traditions in Hispanic culture. Carnivale's menu highlights dishes from the Caribbean, Spain, South and Central America and sources the best local ingredients to bring you an unforgettable experience in Latin-American flavors. We're famous for our award-winning mojitos, fresh ceviche and wood-grilled steak.
 
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MERCADITO | www.MercaditoRestaurants.com | @MercaditoHosp
Our team's knowledge is grounded in their experience as consumers and connoisseurs, and then improved through decades of restaurant and industry experience. We strive to create a remarkable and unique experience by perfectly detailing every aspect of your catering and event needs. It is important to us that every guest has an exceptional experience and is provided with extraordinary service.
 
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New England Seafood Company | www.NESeafoodCompany.com  | @NESeafoodCo
There are very few places where you can enjoy seafood in a setting as beautiful as at New England Seafood Company Fish Market in Chicago. Browse our menu to see some of our classic fish dishes selections. We offer daily specials depending on what is currently in season. We pride ourselves on serving the freshest seafood possible. From the ocean to our restaurant, we push our suppliers to deliver as soon as possible so we can offer the highest quality, tastiest dishes around.
 
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Pinstripes | www.pinstripes.com | @PinstripesBBB
American contemporary cuisine, blending game and other seasonal ingredients into classic and approachable fare.
 
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Porkchop | www.chicagoporkchop.com | @ChicagoPORKCHOP
Porkchop is a restaurant and bar that dishes out an urban interpretation of a Southern backwoods experience. It is an unapologetically unpretentious neighborhood party spot serving gourmet Southern comfort food and BBQ, and featuring an innovative 'lowbrow' bar program with some of the world's top whiskeys. Porkchop serves brunch, lunch, dinner and latenight on Randolph Street, and provides service for all three meal periods and late into the evening at its Hyde Park location. The music is edgy and eclectic; live music is a steady feature in Hyde Park. Porkchop offers daily drink and food specials and features a sidewalk patio in the summer.
 
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Texas de Brazil | www.TexasdeBrazil.com  | @texasdebrazil
Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian-American steakhouse, featuring a 50-item salad area, continuous service of sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage served tableside by a troop of carvers with long sword-like skewers.  The Brazilian serving style and rustic atmosphere of Texas de Brazil allows guests to enjoy an incredible dining experience, complete with excellent service and exquisite food. An unprecedented feature of the restaurant is the two story wine room complete with an aerial wine artist who performs acrobatic moves while gracefully retrieving bottles of wine as diners watch through glass walls. 
 
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REAL URBAN BARBEQUE | www.realurbanbbq.com | @RealUrbanBBQ
Real Urban Barbecue in downtown Highland Park specializes in homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked fare like ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket and chicken slowly rotated on four Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 1600 lbs. of meat daily.  Recent accolades include being featured on Chicago Magazine's "Hot List" in January 2011, Chicago Tribune's "Essential Bites" in July 2011 and voted as the "North Shore's Best BBQ" in August 2011 by the readers of Make It Better Magazine in their annual "Best Of" issue. 

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SHEN YUN CHICAGO | www.ShenYun.com | @ShenYun
Shen Yun Show Chicago is a local non-profit organization with the mission to introduce Chinese culture to the community. The organization presents Shen Yun performing arts at top theaters in Chicago and host several events to introduce Chinese food, tea, culture, fashion, music, meditation, and more. Inspired by the spirit of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life ancient myth, legends and historical stories through classical Chinese dance.

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RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE | www.RuthsChris.com | @RuthsChris
The best steakhouse in Chicago, Illinois is Ruth's Chris Steak House. Treat yourself to a USDA Prime steak that arrives sizzling on a 500° plate and a bottle from our award-winning wine list. With a spacious bar and multiple dining rooms that are ideal for business dinners, private parties and date nights, our Chicago steakhouse offers a dining experience you and your guests will long remember.

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UNION SUSHI + BARBEQUE BAR | www.EatAtUnion.com | @EatAtUnion
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is among Chicago's most vibrant and lively downtown dining experiences. A neighborhood restaurant that unites Japanese culinary tradition and creativity with a distinctly American persona, Union embraces an American warmth and personality and combines them with the high art and ritual of Japanese cuisine. This playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. Union is known for its creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine, which results in a variety of flavorful dishes from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and Robata Grill. Union offers carefully handcrafted and inventive cocktails as well as an extensive beer, liquor and spirited wine list.

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ZED451 | www.ZED451.com  | @ZED451
ZED451 is an unconventional steakhouse located in the heart of River North, on the corner of Clark Street and Superior Street.  In our warm, contemporary, 18,000-square foot space, we sought to set a new standard in modern upscale dining through our unique approach to the dining experience.  There are no menus; you choose from the wide selection of steaks, poultry, wild game, and fish that our tableside chefs bring directly to your table.  Help yourself to our seasonal Harvest Tables and take as much – or as little – as you wish.  At ZED451 you control the pacing and portions so you can stay as long as you want and eat what you desire.

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BEVERAGE SPONSORS

Goose Island Beer Co. | www.gooseisland.com | @GooseIsland

4 Star Pils
Preseason Lager
Goose IPA

312 Wheat 

Jack Daniels | www.jackdaniels.com | @JackDaniels_US

Trinchero Family Estates | www.tfewines.com

Woodford Reserve | http://www.woodfordreserve.com | @WoodfordReserve

 
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* Preliminary list, Check back frequently for updates.