First Look for Charity

Fine Food & Drink

First Look for Charity 2015 - Food & Beverage Stations

Join us on the eve of Valentine’s Day at First Look for Charity in celebration of our love for food and drink — all while being the first to experience this year's edition of the nation's largest Auto Show. In a romantic Chicago setting, guests of the gala are treated to fine champagne and wine, and offered an array of savory and sweet menu tastings by the city’s top chefs and restaurants.

Savor Stations | | @McCormick_Place

Passed Hors d'oeuvres - Grand Concourse Lobby

Ahi Tuna Tacos, Spicy Avocado, Pickled Ginger, Cilantro


Seared Beef Carpaccio, Baby Arugula, Caper, Asiago, Rosemary Cracker


Cinnamon Spiced Poached Pear, Whipped Chevre, Parmesan Crisp, Watercress

Station (#1) - North & South

Five Spice Pork Belly, Charred Bok Choy, Kimchi Slaw, Pork Caramel


Crab Rangoon, Sweet Chile Sauce, Pickled Scallions


Fresh Spring Rolls, Sweet Soy, Crispy Ramen Salad

Station (#2) - South

“PBR” Braised Sheboygan Brats - Pretzel Roll, Caramelized Onions, Stout Mustard


Crispy Wisconsin Cheese Curds - Spicy Sriracha Ketchup

Station (#3) - North & South

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ‐ Pickled Pepper Relish, Red Chile Mayo, Golden Pea Shoots (Action)


Slow Braised Lamb, Creamy Polenta, Pistachio ‐ Orange Gremolata, Pomegranate Seeds


Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Cake ‐ Cracked Hazelnuts, Balsamic Syrup

Station (#4) - North & South

Shrimp Cioppino (Utilizing Sustainable Seafood) - Braised Fennel, San Marzano Tomato Broth, Focaccia Crouton


Wild Mushroom Arrancini - Fontina, Tomato Ragout


Prosciutto Di Parma - Shave Parmesan, Pickled Sunchoke, Rosemary Cracker

Station (#5) - North & South

Garam Masala Spiced Lobster ‐ Mango Lassi Sauce, Micro Cilantro


Tandoori Chicken ‐ Tomato‐Coriander Sauce, Raita


Potato and Pea Samosa ‐ Cilantro Chutney, Tamarind Chutney


Restaurant Stations

676 Restaurant & Bar | | @676Restaurant
676 Restaurant and Bar, in the OMNI Chicago Hotel and Executive Chef Joshua Hasho offer modern Midwest American cuisine highlighting the best in-class products of each season.  676 adds breath-taking views from four stories above in a casual atmosphere overlooking Michigan Avenue & the magnificent mile.  Executive Chef Joshua Hasho has partnered with numerous local farms of the Midwest from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana to bring the guest the freshest and most flavorful creations possible.

Menu Item: Mini Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse Cornet


Adobo Grill | | @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.

Menu Item: Ceviche de Salmon - house smoked salmon ceviche, peppers, red onions, ahi Amarillo and Adobo Grill’s Famous Guacamole and chips


Andy's Frozen Custard | | @EatAndys
Andy’s Frozen Custard shop that offers something not easily found today; A made-from-scratch frozen treat that is made fresh every hour using many 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 16 locations throughout the Midwest including Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Texas. Andy's has four Chicago land locations; Block 37 at State & Randolph in Chicago, Bolingbrook, Evanston & Oak Lawn, Ill. For more information visit

Menu Item: Andy's Frozen Custard Sundae Bar - 6 oz Vanilla Frozen Custard Sundaes with Choice of Hot Fudge Caramel, Strawberries, Heath Bar, Oreos, Cookie Dough, Pecans, and Whole Cherries


Butter Bella Cookies | | @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.

Menu Item: An assortment of Butter Cookies


Catered by Design | | @CaterChicago
Catered by Design brings your events to life with sumptuous food presented in spectacular fashion, by a creative & friendly team of professionals. For over 20 years, our events have sustained a loyal following of devoted and happy customers.  Catered by Design has menus from the traditional to the extraordinary.  Our award winning chefs use only the freshest ingredients, and are in tune with the latest culinary & event trends.  Our sales team will help you handcraft an innovative menu that suits your style and stays within your budget.  You can count on Catered by Design to handle all the details with style and finesse.  Entertain with confidence, and the peace of mind that working with top notch professionals can bring.

Menu Items: Surf & Turf - Lobster Bisque Accompanied by a mini beef brochette
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Sea Scallops wrapped in bacon finished with herbed bread crumbs 
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Artichoke Hearts AuGratin filled with savory Mascarpone cheese & finished with parmesan cheese
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Banana Cream Pie crowned with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate fudge served in a shot glass
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Cheesecake Lollipops - A mini scoop of New York cheesecake dipped in a white & dark chocolate


Devon Seafood Grill || @DevonSeafood

Upscale casual with imagination and style. Located at the corner of Chicago and Wabash, Devon Seafood Grill offers premium aquatic fare, seamless service and an exhilarating atmosphere. Our indulgent cuisine emphasizes freshness, creativity and simplicity – themes mirrored in the architecture of our two bars and multiple dining areas. An extensive wine collection for the most discerning palates. Our display cellar showcases a selection of over 600 fine wines and champagnes. And for tastes that run towards the exotic, our Wine Spectators | Wine Enthusiast list features an impressive list of rare and coveted wines from the finest wine-producing regions in the world. With two private banquet rooms and four semi-private alcoves, Devon is the perfect place for your business or social events.

Menu Item: Maine Lobster Bisque - A rich and creamy soup with lobster meat and flavored with sherry, Old Bay seasoning and a touch of cayenne pepper


Garrett Popcorn Shops | | @GarrettPopcorn
For more than 60 years, Garrett Popcorn Shops handcrafts every small batch of their gourmet popcorn daily. They use only the highest-quality ingredients including their signature blend of locally grown kernels. Their secret family recipe, passed down three generations, is handmade in old-fashioned copper kettles.  When local fans asked for a mixture of sweet and salty, they created The Chicago Mix: a blend of their famous CaramelCrisp® and CheeseCorn™ recipes. It remains their most popular flavor and a consistent favorite throughout our entire fan base.

Menu Item: Garrett Mix - Combination of the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp with the savory goodness of CheeseCorn


Mitchell’s Ice Cream and Candies  | | @MitchellsChi
More than 80 years ago, Peter Mitchell began churning fresh cream into deliciously rich and creamy ice creams in the quaint kitchen of his new Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Chicagoans quickly loved Mitchell's as it became famous for lavishly overloading the decadent ice creams with homemade dark chocolate chips, rich hot fudge and gooey caramel toppings. Nothing has changed!! Mitchell's super premium ice creams are now available in many Midwest convenient stores and full service grocers. The 14-ounce Mitchell’s Ice Creams, in eight delicious and naturally flavored varieties include: Banana Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Bean Caramel Ribbon and Vanilla Bean Fudge Ribbon.

Menu Item: Build Your Own Sundae Bar!


New England Seafood Company | | @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.

Menu Item: Cod Tostado - Fresh Atlantic Cod fried to perfection on top of yellow rice, black beans, sweet Thai mayo, homemade salsa on crispy tortilla


Porkchop | | @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.

Menu Item: Rib Tips and Pulled Pork Sliders


Real Urban Barbeque | | @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. For more information visit or call 224.770.4BBQ (4227). Follow on Twitter at @RealUrbanBBQ. Located at 610 Central Avenue #177, in Port Clinton Square.

Menu Item: Smoked Andouille Sausage on a mini Brioche with their fan-favorite Mac N' Cheese


Roy's Restaurant | | @RoysChicago
Culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi invented “”fusion cuisine”” at his original Roy’s in Honolulu in 1988. Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, he created an entirely new approach to fine dining. Located in the Gold Coast for 12 years, Roy’s Chicago features the finest seafood, with a focus on delicacies from the oceans surrounding Hawaii. The menu offers an array of hand-cut meats, sushi and fresh shellfish. Many uniquely designed offerings created by Chef Partner Michael Stewart are featured on our menus, as well as Roy’s signature dishes that have become international favorites through the years.

Menu Item: Red Dragon Roll, Crab, Kani, Pickled Cucumber, Dragon sauce


Shen Yun Chicago | | @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.

Menu Item: Dessert Station - Rice Cake, Honey Noodle, Moon Cake, Umbrella Cracker
Tea Station - White Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, Pu-erh Chrysanthemum Tea, Osmenthus Tea, Jasmine Tea, Roselle Tea


Texas de Brazil | | @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.

Menu Item: Flank Steak with Chimmichurri


Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar | | @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.

Menu Item: Sushi


ZED451 | | @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.

Menu Item: Fire Roasted Boursin Stuffed Peppadews
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Miniature Chocolate Marquise
*both items are gluten-free

Beverage Stations

Jack Daniels | | @JackDaniels_US


Trinchero Family Estates |


Menage A Trois Vodka  |


Antique Coffee | | @AntiqueCoffee


Phillips Flowers

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