Fine Food & Drink

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.

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First Look for Charity Food & Beverage Sponsors

RESTAURANT & CATERING SPONSORS*

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

Station #1 Tapas Inspired

  • Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese. Served with Strawberry-Red Chile, Balsamic Reduction (Vegetarian)
  • “Biscuits and Jam” – Jamon and Manchego Biscuit with Tomato Jam
  • Grilled Skirt Steak, Smoked Paprika Aioli, Roasted Potato Bravas

Station #2 Caribbean Inspired

  • Petite Tacos with Avocado, Mushroom and Queso Fresco (Vegetarian)
  • Coconut Crusted Lobster Skewer with Mango Habanero Dipping Sauce (Contains Shellfish)
  • Braised Chicken Tinga
  • Mini Cheese and Jalapeno Arepa with Pickled Red Onion (Vegetarian)

Station #3 Italian Inspired

  • Antipasto Salad Cups
  • Spinach and Artichoke Arancini (Vegetarian)
  • Mini Italian Meatball Hoagies with Chicago Style Giardiniera, Provolone and Marinara

Station #4 Southern Inspired

  • Pimento Cheese and Macaroni Salad (Vegetarian)
  • BBQ Shrimp and Cheese Grits (Contains Shellfish & Dairy)
  • Maple and Peppercorn Pork Belly Skewer

Station #5 Asian Inspired

  • Thai Noodle Salad with Toasted Peanuts (Contains Nuts)
  • Mini Roasted Pork Bao Buns
  • Korean Fried Chicken Sliders
  • Asian Slow, Gochujang Aioli, Sesame Bun

Goose Island Beer Island | Twitter - @gooseisland, Instagram - @gooseisland
Menu Item: Specialty Cocktail / Beer

Garrett Popcorn Shops | Twitter - @garrettpopcorn, Instagram - @garrettpopcorn
At Garrett Popcorn Shops(r), we've maintained our dedication to fresh, delicious popcorn since we first opened at 10 West Madison Street in Chicago. We continue to use only the highest quality ingredients from local producers as we handcraft our gourmet popcorn in old-fashioned copper kettles. We strive to deliver the same popcorn today that customers first talked about in 1949(tm).
Menu Item: Garrett Mix - The world famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix. Our secret family recipe of real cheddar cheese and oh-so-sweet, buttery caramel will delight your taste buds. Indulge in sweet and savory flavors made in Chicago since 1949. Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Union Sushi and Barbeque | Twitter - @eatatunion, Instagram - @eatatunion
Union Sushi and 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.
Menu Item: Tuna Cup, Spicy Shrimp, Classic California, Hokkaido Devon (Vegetarian) - Tuna Cup white onion, green onion, seaweed, chili + sesame oil Spicy Shrimp sesame oil, onion, mayo, sweet black pepper sauce Classic California fresh crab meat and cucumber Hokkaido seared scallop, roasted pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, mayo Devon (vegetarian) sweet potato tempura, curry mayo, chive, pickled radish, eel sauce.

RPM On The Water | Twitter: @RPMOnTheWater, Instagram: @rpmonthewater
The premier location for private events and weddings in downtown Chicago, RPM On The Water has more than 6,000 square feet that can host 250 guests for a seated function and up to 425 for a reception. The grand ballroom can be divided into three independent spaces, with access to the outdoor terrace, providing sweeping views of the Chicago River along the entirety of the venue. Offering a fully customizable culinary experience, each event menu is created by the executive chef team, with wine lists curated by award-winning wine director, Richard Hanauer, to provide guests with the best of RPM Restaurants.
Menu Item: Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart - Soft, salted caramel in a chocolate tart shell. Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Nut-free

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 86 locations throughout the country.
Menu: Sundae Bar - Vegetarian

Butter Bella Gourmet Cookies | Twitter - @thebutterbella, Instagram - @thebutterbella
Butter Bella is a small, family-run bakery located in Chicago, Illinois. We began baking our lovely butter cookies in 2006, and worked diligently over the years to perfect and create new recipes for our delicious handmade cookies. We prepare our cookies in small batches and carefully oversee each batch. Our ingredients are top grade and natural; we never use preservatives. Every cookie is baked to order which means that the cookies you enjoy are baked fresh as can be.
Menu Item: Assorted Gourmet Butter Cookies - Small-batch, artisan and handmade butter cookies in assorted flavors. Vegetarian

ZED451 | Instagram - zed451chicago
Menu Item: Peking Duck Pastrami - horseradish-honey mustard and fennel apple slaw. Meat, Nut-free

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants | Twitter - @CHWinery, Instagram - @chwinery
Combining seasonally inspired dishes with expertly paired wines, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants gives guests the best in modern casual dining and one of the country's largest wine clubs
Menu Item: Cooper's Hawk Handmade Chocolate Truffles - An assortment of chocolate truffles made daily by our chef. Vegetarian

The Chopping Block | Twitter - @thechoppingbloc, Instagram - @the_chopping_block
The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers guests a large slate of demonstration and hands-on classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events.
Menu Item: Salted Caramel Chocolate Hazelnut Tart - The tart has a graham cracker crust with layers of salted caramel and dark chocolate ganache and hazelnut topping. Vegetarian

Punch Bowl Social Chicago | Twitter - @punchbowlsocial , Instagram - @punchbowlsocial
Located in the Fulton Market District, PBS Chicago is a huge venue, which can still barely contain the fun. This 30,000-square-foot meatpacking factory turned grown-up playground is the place t perfect your game. Grab a bite of culinary nirvana or show off your shuffleboard, ping pong, marbles, bocce court, virtual reality, or bowling skills.
Menu Item: Carnitas Street Tacos - Cocoa Dusted Pork Carnitas Served with Salsa Adobo, Yellow Onion, Cilantro, Soft Corn Tortilla. Gluten-free, Meat

Vanille | Twitter - @vanillechicago, Instagram - @vanillechicago
French Patisserie
Menu Item: Macarons - French confection sandwich cookie. Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap | Twitter - @jakemelnicks, Instagram - @jakemelnickscornertap
Fun and casual sports bar located in the heart of River North where you can come and enjoy our award winning wings, house-smoked BBQ and extensive beer and spirits selections all while watching your favorite team on one of our 27 HD TVs.
Menu Item: BBQ pulled pork sliders - Our twelve hour slow smoked juicy & tender pork shoulder seasoned with our house-blend of BBQ spices served with our traditional Kansas City sauce made from scratch. Meat, Nut-free

House of Blues | Twitter - @HOBChicago, Instagram - @HOBChicago
House of Blues has a rocking Restaurant & Bar featuring contemporary and traditional Southern art and cuisine.
Menu Item: Bourbon Bread Pudding - Bourbon bread pudding with bourbon butter and toffee sauce

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden | Instagram - @bluedoorkitchenchicago
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, home to celebrated Chef Art Smith, is a farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast and deeply rooted in the philosophy of letting the seasons dictate the menu. From its inception, the Blue Door brand has become synonymous with sustainability and responsible sourcing. The restaurant showcases American heirloom foods made from fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from Midwest farms, including its namesake and Oprah Winfrey's former Indiana property, Blue Door Farm. As a committed member of the agricultural community, Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is dedicated to cultivating strong relationships with sustainable purveyors to provide our guests with a connection to the land and an honest representation of local flavors and ingredients.
Menu Item: Hummingbird Cake Bites - banana & pineapple cake, cream cheese frosting. Vegetarian

Chicago q | Instagram - @chicagoqbbq
Chicago q is not your ordinary barbecue joint. Since opening in 2010, Our Chefs have created a barbecue experience like none other by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a Savannah-style dining room, imbued with Southern charm and comfort. The restaurant serves award-winning competition fare alongside regional favorites from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, which pair perfectly with the best selection of rare and exclusive bourbons in Chicago. Whether in the neighborhood or traveling to the city, a group of two or one of 50, Chicago q is the ideal space for any gathering or occasion.
Menu Item: Pulled Pork - Pulled Pork Shoulder with Chicago q's Homemade BBQ Sauce. Meat, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free BBQ

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Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab | Twitter - @trulucks, Instagram - @trulucksrestaurants
Located at the corner of Rush and Chestnut Streets in the Gold Coast, Truluck's Chicago sits in the heart of the city, just a block away from the historic Water Tower, and a five-minute walk from the Magnificent Mile. Truluck's is committed to serving fresh seafood, offering live entertainment daily, and creating memorable moments nightly for our guests.
Menu Item: Lobster Bisque Shooters - Rich and velvety soup finished with lobster morsels. Gluten-free, Nut-free
 
Catered be Design | Twitter - @cateredbydesign, Instagram - @cateredbydesign
Catered by Design enjoys an excellent reputation for exquisite food and exemplary catering services in and around the Chicagoland area. As one of Chicago's top caterers since 1980, we have catered many spectacular and successful events. From weddings, corporate and social events to mitzvahs, picnics and celebrating life's special moments, Catered by Design never fails to bring your event to life. Our flawless presentation of plated dinners, buffets, food stations, hors D'oeuvres and sweet tables has sustained a loyal following of devoted and happy customers.
Menu Items: Fish Taco | DF - White Fish, Cilantro Slaw, Mango, Avocado De Gallo, Tinga Taco - Pulled Chicken, Onions, Pepper Jack Cheese, Sour Cream, Portobello Mushroom Tacos, Sweet Potato Spice Cake & Salted Carmel Bacon Mousse Shooter - Sweet Potato Spice Cake, Salted Caramel Mousse, Crushed Bacon, Mimosa | V - Orange Cupcake, Orange Curd Filling, Champagne Buttercream, Champagne Crunch Pearls 
 
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | Twitter - @rockbottomchi, Instagram - @rockbottomchi
Brewpub chain serving house beers & upscale pub food & American fare in lively environs.
Menu Item: Mini Fudge Stout Brownies - Housemade Fudge Brownie Bites with Whipped Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Vegetarian, Gluten-free
 
VU Rooftop | Twitter - @vurooftop, Instagram - @vurooftop
VU SKYWARD is a 13,000 square foot concept located 22 stories high next door to McCormick Place. VU Skyward boasts three bars and two patios allowing for unique drinking, eating and lounging. Here, you can enjoy an ingredient and locally driven beverage program, top notch noshing courtesy of Chef Nolan Narut and unparalleled views of the lake and downtown within a modern designed space.
Menu Item: Black Garlic Bacon Toast - pickled fresno, bulls blood, lemon zest
 
Texas de Brazil | Twitter - @texasdebrazil, Instagram - @texasdebrazil
Upscale Brazilian/American Churrascaria / Steakhouse eatery featuring all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved tableside & a salad bar.
Menu Item: Brazilian Sausage with Couscous Salad - Grilled Brazilian Sausage served over Couscous Salad
 
Flight Club | Twitter - @flightclubdarts, Instagram - @flightclubdartsusa
Flight Club is the home of Social Darts. Spectacular bar. Electric atmosphere. Mind-blowing experience. As you'd expect from an award-winning bar, only the finest beers, wines and spirits make it on to our drinks menu. We've searched for hidden gems certain to surprise and delight. The sophisticated cocktail and bar program, by award-winning bartender Peter Vestinos, highlights playful ingredients and garnishes for our botanical cocktails. With our ground floor featuring a 50-seat dining room, award winning Chef Rick Gresh's menu features a raw bar, dry aged steaks, and a selection of flatbreads, entrees, and more. 
Menu Item: Grilled Vegetable & Barbacoa Tacos - Chipotle, onion, cilantro crema. Gluten-free, Nut-free
 
Chicago Chop House | Twitter - @chichophouse, Instagram - @chicagochophouse
Chicago Chop House has a long history of incredible Hospitality. We are one of the oldest steakhouses in Chicago and pride ourselves on being the only one in the city that serves exclusively USDA Prime Angus beef as well as Japanese Grade A5 and Australian Grade 9+ Wagyu beef. Whether it's lunch, brunch, a seated dinner, or a reception, Chicago Chop House is the perfect venue for your dining plans.
From a la carte dining to groups of 300, our capable staff will find the best fit for all your needs.
Menu Item: Wagyu Meatballs - Meatballs made with Japanese and Australian Wagyu beef, herbs, cheese, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, crumbled nuts. Truffle Mac & Cheese made with pasta, cheese, cream
 
Offshore Rooftop & Bar | Twitter - @drinkoffshore, Instagram - @drinkoffshore
Offshore is the world's largest rooftop venue that sits on the third floor of Navy Pier's Festival Hall at 1000 East Grand, and offers panoramic, unmatched views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, providing a completely unique perspective not found anywhere else. This stunning, chic 52,000 sq. Ft. All-seasons/all-weather venue offers Chicagoans a full-service luminous bar and world-class kitchen, with a 20,000 square foot terrace, along with seven cozy fire pits, an entertainment and gaming area, and multiple large gathering spaces for and corporate events, weddings, and much more.
Menu Item: Carnitas Tostada - Slow roasted carnitas, charred salsa, homemade tostada. Gluten-free
 
BrewSmart Beverage | Twitter - @brewsmartusa, Instagram - @brewsmart
Menu Item: Drip Coffee and Espresso Beverages

Goose Island Beer Co | Twitter - @gooseisland, Instagram - @gooseisland
Menu Item: 312 Wheat Ale (4.2%), Next Coast IPA (7%), SPF Fruit Ale (5.5%), Natural Villain Lager (4.7%), Born + Raised Cream Ale (5.9%), Goose IPA (5.9%), Lost Palate Hazy IPA (6.3%), So-Lo 98 Calorie IPA (3%)
 

Family owned and operated in the heart of Napa Valley since 1948, Trinchero Family Estates is a worldwide leader in the wine industry, with more than 50 acclaimed wine and spirits brands and a global presence in nearly 50 countries. Ours is a story of modest beginnings, steadfast perseverance and enduring passion-for the land, for the community, for world-class wine.
Instagram - @tfewines
Menu Items: Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay, Charles & Charles Rose, Menage A Trois Prosecco
 
DIAGEO | Twitter - @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 Item: Bulleit Bourbon, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Baileys Irish Cream
Bulleit Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea
- Bulleit Bourbon, Strawberry Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Unsweetened Iced Tea, Strawberry & Mint Garnish
Ketel One Botanical Cucumber Cooler - Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint, Fever Tree Sparkling Lemon
Ketel One & Club Soda
Don Julio Spiced Apple Margarita
- Don Julio Reposado, Apple Cider, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice, Honey Syrup, Cinnamon Sugar Rim, Garnish with Cinnamon Stick, Apple Slice, and Star of Anise
Baileys - Original Irish Cream, Baileys Salted Caramel, Baileys Almande, Cold Brew Coffee
 
PinstripesTwitter - @pinstripesbbb, Instagram - @pinstripesbbb
Pinstripes was built out of a passion to gather, to celebrate, and to experience sophisticated fun. The atmosphere is infused with an energizing quality: from our friendly staff to the warm and inviting design. We offer a fresh perspective on Italian American cuisine and dynamic opportunities to actively relax. Gather around our outdoor fireplace, rival friends in a game of bocce, or lace up the bowling shoes in our grand rendition of the classic American pastime. Our venue accommodates groups up to 1,200 with private and versatile spaces to suit an expanse of interests.
Menu Item: Italian Jambalaya - A Sausage and Pepper Risotto Topped with Spicy Chicken Breast and Garnished with Calabrese Vinaigrette & Pesto

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