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2014 RESTAURANT SPONSORS:

676 Restaurant & Bar  |  www.676restaurant.com

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. 

Andy's Frozen Custard  |  www.eatandys.com

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 23 locations throughout the Midwest including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Texas.  Andy's has five Chicago land locations; Bolingbrook, Burbank, Countryside, Evanston & Oak Lawn, Ill.  For more information visit www.eatandys.com.

BUB CITY  |  www.bubcitychicago.com

Bub City offers authentic BBQ, over 125 selections of whiskey, and live country music.  Bub City’s tasting station will be completely gluten-free. 

Butter Bella Gourmet Cookies  |  www.butterbella.com

Butter Bella is an all natural gourmet bakery located in Chicago, Illinois. Our cookies are handmade using only the freshest ingredients without preservatives or artificial flavors. Using cherished family recipes, our cookies never fail to bring back happy childhood memories. We bake in small batches for that “just-out-of-the-oven” goodness.  Our goal is simple:  Create baked goods made with natural ingredients, allowing true food flavors to shine through to the senses.  Butter Bella promotes earth-friendly awareness and regularly donates time, talent and cookies to causes that are important to us all.  We look forward to creating new recipes for everyone to enjoy.   Assortment of Gourmet cookies, including: Best Butter, Butter Dip, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Lover’s, Key Lime, Mocha Dip, Pecan Crescents, Pecan Shortbread, and Sprinkles.

Catered by Design   |  www.cateredbydesign.com

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.

Chicago Butter Cookies  |  www.chicagobuttercookies.com

Meet Mary, she’s been perfecting her Croatian grandmother’s light-as-a-feather butter cookie for years. A tweak here and a dash of sass there, this gal has affectionately created a little piece of cookie-heaven. The saying goes, “the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” and  Maryʼs match-made beau was no exception. Her hunk popped the question after just one heavenly bite of the heart-shaped butter cookie! From this dameʼs heart to your taste buds, we dare you not to fall in love with Mary and her Chicago Butter Cookies! Her secret hand-crafted formula yields sinfully scrumptious treats, sure to warm the hearts of all who indulge. Eat your heart out, and remember, cookies are like kisses…you can never have too many!

David Burke's Primehouse  |  www.davidburkesprimehouse.com

In his interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, esteemed chef and renowned innovator David Burke continues to redefine modern American cuisine and push the envelope of culinary creativity. David Burke’s Primehouse features hand-selected meats that are dry-aged on the premises in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Rick Gresh, who has held positions at some of Chicago’s highest profile restaurants, and whose cooking focuses on seasonal, organic ingredients, David Burke’s Primehouse continues to build a strong reputation among Chicago foodies.

Devon Seafood  |  www.devonseafood.com

Upscale casual with imagination and style – just down the street.  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.  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.

Garrett Popcorn Shops  |  www.garrettpopcorn.com

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.

Mitchell's Premium Ice Cream & Candies  |  www.mitchellschicago.com

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.

Real Urban Barbeque  |  www.realurbanbbq.com

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 www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call 224.770.4BBQ (4227). Follow on Twitter at @RealUrbanBBQ.  Located at 610 Central Avenue #177, in Port Clinton Square.

Roy's Restaurant  |  www.roysrestaurant.com

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.

Savor Chicago  |  www.savorchicagomcpl.com

The name you can trust for exceptional service.   For over 30 years, we have built our reputation on providing show organizers and exhibit managers great experiences and world-class food. As you make your plans to visit McCormick Place, think of SAVOR, as your resource to help you create a truly successful event experience.

Shen Yun Show Chicago  |  www.shenyunperformingarts.org

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. The upcoming Shen Yun will be at Civic Opera House on April 2-5, 2014.

Texas de Brazil  |  www.texasdebrazil.com

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.

Union Sushi + Barbeque  |  www.eatatunion.com

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is a bustling neighborhood restaurant located in Chicago's popular River North neighborhood. Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Embracing an American warmth and personality, this playful juxtaposition reveals a restaurant that is welcoming, accommodating and stylish. A true riff on what is expected or traditional - East or West. Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine. The menu boasts a variety of flavorful offerings from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and signature Barbeque Bar showcasing the 600° Robata Grill. 

ZED451  |  www.zed451.com

ZED451 delivers a personal culinary experience through a perfect blend of fire-grilled fare, an assortment of fresh sides and bountiful salad offerings. Our chefs bring expertly prepared cuisine directly to your table, allowing you to taste the best of the season in a warm, urbane setting in the heart of Chicago. As our guest, we work with you to create the ideal evening, whether you are looking to sample a few favorites or indulge in a full-course dinner.

BEVERAGE SPONSORS:

American Harvest Organic Spirit  |  www.americanharvestspirit.com

Antique Coffee & Vending Services  |  www.antiquecoffee.com

Cappuccino Catering  |  www.cappuccinocatering.com

Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack  |  www.jackdaniels.com

Sugar Island Rum  |  www.sugarislandrum.com

Tres Agaves Tequila  |  www.tresagaves.com

Trinchero Family Estates  |  www.tfewines.com

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