First Bites Bash 2019

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First Bites Bash 2019

When and where

Date and time


The Field Museum 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605

Map and directions

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Refund Policy

No Refunds


There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase on-site.

Join us inside the Field Museum for savory and sweet food tastings from more than 70 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Toast to the city's culinary scene with our beer, wine, and spirit sponsors. First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for the 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago.

Joe Flamm, Executive Chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia and winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 15, will serve as Host Chef of this year's event.

Jarmel Doss, assistant bar director of The Aviary and winner of the first Chicago STARS Mixology competition, will be joining as Host Mixologist.

This year’s event will benefit Pilot Light, a local non-profit that helps kids make healthier choices through food education.

Visit for a complete list of participating restaurants.


Keep the party going at TAO with exclusive entertainment and specials provided by Stella Artois. Your First Bites Bash wristband will grant you expedited entry to TAO, an hour and half reception featuring complimentary Stella Artois, and free shuttle service from the Field Museum.

A few things to know before you buy a ticket:

- No refunds or price adjustments.

- All guests must be at least 21 years old and bring a valid ID.

- If you don’t present a valid ID at the event, your ticket will be void and we won’t be able to give you a refund.

- Sorry, but no children of any age are allowed into the event including infants and children in strollers.

Vendors subject to change. Tickets include samples. Enjoy responsibly. We reserve the right to curtail service to anyone if intoxicated. It is recommended to print a paper ticket to prevent any technology complications which would prevent your ticket from displaying on your phone. There is no guest list. Each ticket must be scanned. Security reserved the right to inspect all bags and persons. Absolutely no food or beverage may be brought into the event. Guests who are deemed intoxicated (or otherwise unfit), will be denied entry and no refunds will be given.

First Bites Bash Sponsors