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.
2019 information below, check back soon for 2020 update!
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First Look for Charity Food & Beverage Sponsors
RESTAURANT & CATERING SPONSORS*
Savor ... Chicago at 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
Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
French Onion Tartlets - V
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes – V, GF
Grilled Beef Tenderloin Pinwheels - GF
Whipped Goat Cheese, Roasted Pepper
Spicy Noodle Salad - V
Napa, Broccoli, Carrot, Red Pepper and Spicy Peanut Dressing
Korean BBQ Steamed Buns
Napa Cabbage, Cucumber and Carrot Slaw
Chicken and Lemon Grass Pot Stickers
Sweet Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce
Cowboy Caviar – V, GF
Black Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Corn, Red Pepper, Avocado,
Red Onion and Cilantro
“Hot” Chicken Sliders
Dill pickle, Soft White Roll
Slow Roasted Pulled Pork - GF
Cheesy Stone Ground Grits, Golden Mustard BBQ
Wild Mushroom and Epazote Ceviche – V, GF
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - GF
Roasted Jalapeno, Guava and Queso Fresco
Pressed Cuban Sandwiches
Mojo Pork, Jamon, Dill Pickles, Mustard, Swiss Cheese
“Tortilla Espanola” Potato Cakes – V, GF
Grape Tomato Confit, Manchego, Aged Sherry Vinegar
Char Grilled Beef Tenderloin Brochettes - GF
Salsa Roja, Crispy Onions
Chicken, Shrimp and Chorizo Pealla - GF
Saffron Aioli, Scallions
Whipped Burrata, Honeyed Figs and Balsamic Syrup - V
The Calzone Kitchen
Sicilian Sausage, Onion and Mushroom
Spinach, Artichoke and Fontina - V
Ace Bounce | @acebounce
AceBounce is an immense ping pong playground with award winning chefs and mixologists, creating an unprecedented party experience.
Menu: Grilled Chicken Thigh Kebabs: Sea salt, togarashi, brown sugar Shrimp Dumplings: Sriracha mango sauce
Catered by Design |@cateredbydesign
Catered by Design's award-winning chefs have created outstanding wedding and event menus ranging from the traditional to the extraordinary. Using only the freshest, most seasonal ingredients, our menus harmoniously embody the latest culinary and event trends.
Menu: Surf & Turf Shooter Lobster Bisque, Mini Beef Brochette Chicken Poblano Bacon-wrapped, Chipotle Sauce, Crema Ranchero, Voluptuous Bar Cheesecake, Cookie Dough, Oreo, Whoppers, Carmelita Brownies Shooter Fudgy Brownies, Homemade Caramel, Fudge Sauce, Whipped Cream
Chicago q |@chicagoqbbq
Experience barbeque like no other - Chicago q provides a charming and comfortable atmosphere. Mastering the art of elevated BBQ, Pitmaster Art Smith uses the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs.
Menu: Chicago q's pulled pork shoulder
Flight Club | @flightclubus
We've lovingly created beautifully designed venues, serving bespoke cocktails from our award-winning bars as well as delicious sharing food for groups of all sizes. What really makes us is our Flight Club Family who are at the heart of everything that we do. We're incredibly proud of the service that we provide, striving to ensure that you have an amazing experience and won't have to worry about a single thing.
Menu: Pepperoni Meatball Sliders: Calabrian chili, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella: Mini Beef Short Rib Barbacoa Tacos: Chipotle, onion, cilantro sour cream
Katana Japanese Steakhouse | @KatanaRobata
Katana captures the essence of authentic Robatayaki, a cutting-edge form of traditional Japanese BBQ, offering the best of both worlds—exceptional raw and cooked cuisine (seafood, game, poultry, beef, variety of vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio, private event space, high energy bar and dining room.
Menu: Kani Maki - Baked crab hand roll with soy paper
Pinstripes | @pinstripesbbb
Pinstripes was built from a passion to celebrate and experience sophisticated fun. We feature seasonal ingredients in every dish of our American contemporary cuisine and take pride in our curated wine, craft beer, and handcrafted cocktail selection.
Menu: Italian Jambalaya - Spicy Chicken, Grilled Shrimp, Risotto, Sausage, and Roasted Pepper
SAVOR ... Chicago
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.
Menu: Wild Mushroom and Epazote Ceviche, Char Grilled Beef Tenderloin Brochettes with Salsa Roja and Crispy Onions
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: Flank steak with chimichurri sauce and horseradish mashed potatoes.
Andy's Frozen Custard | Twitter @eatandys | Instagram @andysfrozencustard
Andy's Frozen Custard has been a proud dessert sponsor of First Look for Charity since 2012. Its mission at FLFC—which is led by Andy's Frozen Custard Owners Andy and Dana Kuntz—requires the collaboration of all thirteen Andy's locations in Illinois, and the dedication of eighteen store managers who carefully transport two of Andy's proprietary 1,800 pound custom-designed frozen custard machines, and hundreds of pounds of locally-sourced fresh ingredients, to create and serve the freshest, smoothest handcrafted frozen custard treats possible to event attendees. Andy's Frozen Custard takes great pride in offering something not easily found today: a rich, thick and decadent made-from-scratch frozen custard treat that is Made Fresh Hourly™ using locally-sourced ingredients and served at the exact right temperature—with fresh flavors and an unparalleled, ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ feel that is creamier and more luxurious than ice cream. Andy's Frozen Custard began in Missouri in 1986 and has 84 locations throughout the country.
Menu: Mini Oreo Concretes
Butter Bella LLC | @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.
Menu: Assorted Butter Bella Cookies
Formento's | @formentoschi
Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago's bustling West Loop, Formento's is an Italian restaurant that features the bright and light flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner's grandmother, Nonna Formento, guests will experience an array of dishes steeped from traditional family recipes alongside new-age dishes created by Executive Chef Todd Stein. The world-class wine menu offers guests more than 600 varietals from around world. At Formento's, new world culinary creativity marries with generations past.
Menu: Chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse & hazelnut praline
Garrett Popcorn | @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: Garrett Mix, created by our loyal fans, combining the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp with the savory goodness of CheeseCorn.
HUB 51 | @HUB51
We are a social dining hub serving up contemporary American eats in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
Menu: Miniature Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Miller's Ale House
We are a casual sports restaurant and bar with freshly-made food at an incredible value. A place where making friends is as easy as ordering your next beer. So, whether you're here to chill, cheer, chow down or get charged up, you'll find a whole House full of friends and friends-to-be, ready to join in. Everyone can find something they love on our menu. We are well-known for our signature hand-breaded, boneless chicken Zingers, tossed in your choice of sauces. From Sweet Thai Chili to the spicy Mt. St. Helens, our 16 sauces will turn anyone into a Zinger lover! Our menu also features delicious Steaks, original Pasta dishes, bountiful Salads, robust Sandwiches, to-die-for Desserts and lots of Appetizers to share with friends. Our full-service bar features specialty cocktails like our Watermelon Margarita; a nice wine selection; and over 75 varieties of local craft, seasonal and domestic beers.
Menu: Captain Jack Ice Cream Chocolate Cake
Punch Bowl Social
Located in the Fulton Market District, PBS Chicago is in a huge venue, which can still barely contain the fun. This 30,000-square-foot meatpacking factory turned grown-up playground is the place to perfect your game. Grab a bite of culinary nirvana or show off your shuffleboard, ping pong, marbles, bocce court, virtual reality, or bowling skills. Tip- lack of skills is easily made up for with a ton of unwarranted confidence. Boom.
Menu: A FROSTIER SHAKE FOR THE KING: Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Candied Bacon, Chocolate & Carmel Syrup.”
Roanoke Restaurant | @theroanoke
Luxurious finishes, copper accents, and warm lighting were inspired by the fire of the rotisserie & brick oven at the display kitchen. Masculine lines are tailored to contrast with subtle historical references, some original to the 1913 building, for visual interest. Roanoke offers various seating options for every occasion. Sit at the counter along the display kitchen for an interesting culinary experience, cozy up to the warm, inviting bar, and finally have a seat near the fireplace for more intimate dining. Roanoke is a great place to gather with friends and colleagues. We have great event space to accommodate your groups of 2 to 150.
Menu: Assorted Mini Desserts
Rock Bottom | @RockBottom
Rock Bottom is an engaging craft beer experience where beer enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of unique homegrown beers brewed on-site. Come join us at one of our two bars or on our rooftop beer garden for a cold drink and extensive menu options. Private space available!
Menu: Carrot Cake Bites
Vanille Patisserie | @vanillechicago
Initially founded in 2002, Vanille Patisserie specializes in authentic French pastries, desserts, and cakes. Owned and operated by chef Sophie Evanoff, Vanille is noted for its premier quality, taste, and dedication to its craft.
Menu: French Macarons
BrewSmart Beverage | @brewsmartusa
BrewSmart Beverage is the nation's most trusted hot and iced beverage distributor, headquartered right here in Chicago. Going into our 49th year in business, BrewSmart is the smart choice for your office, c-store, dealership or restaurant. Distributing the top national brands from Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Eight o'clock, and more! From Coffee to Cappuccino, Iced Tea to Espresso, BrewSmart has you covered. Bring 49 years of business to work for you with BrewSmart.
Menu: Single origin fair trade organic estate coffee and a hibiscus iced tea.
Diageo | @diageo_news
We are a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer. We produce an outstanding collection of over 200 brands - old and new, large and small, global and local - that are enjoyed in more than 180 countries around the world.
Menu: Cocktails - Bulleit Bourbon, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray Gin, Don Julio Tequila
Goose Island Beer Co. | @GooseIsland
Our brewery was built in 1995 and has more than doubled in size since originally built. We bring you our tasty pints using 32 fermenters, over 15 different yeasts, state-of-the-art filters, centrifuges and a 50-barrel JV Northwest 5 vessel system that brews 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our mission is to lead in the craft of brewing by creating award-winning beers that define classic and innovative styles to capture the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer drinkers. Menu: Next Coast IPA- new beer! It's 7% beer but very drinkable. It's not like your typical IPA. Piney Hop flavors meets a tropical bouquet of pineapple, melon and citrus notes. 312 Urban Wheat Ale-4.2% beer that was inspired by our great city of Chicago. Light, crisp, fruity ale with citrus notes and a creamy body.
* Preliminary list, Check back frequently for updates.