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Chicago Taste of the Nation

October 11, 2015

VIP Admission Adult: $200
5:00pm - 9:00pm

VIP Admission Under 21: $75
5:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission Adult: $125
6:00pm - 9:00pm

General Admission Under 21: $35
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry 2015 will be held on October 11, 2015 at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

Hosted by Food Network Star, Chef Jeff Mauro! 

Chicago's Taste of the Nation returns in 2015 with a new format – bringing all of Chicago together to celebrate community, family, friends and the work to end childhood hunger in Chicago, Illinois and America!  Chicago’s most sophisticated and acclaimed culinary event will once again feature over 50 of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, 25 of the city’s top bars, bartenders and mixologists, craft beers, wines and spirits.  The event will also feature hands-on family culinary activities, entertainment and a dream auction with many once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences.  VIP guests will be treated to a variety of delights, including early admission to the VIP Preview Hour presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, special sampling opporunities, and much more.

Adult VIP Admission (Ages 21 and over) 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Admission includes early entry admission to the VIP Preview Hour from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; access to special areas and amenities; sampling of over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants; mixology, beer and wine sampling for adults 21 and over (IDs required); non-alcoholic beverage sampling for all; entertainment and interactive activities; and a silent auction. $200
 
Under 21 VIP Admission (Ages 5-20) 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Admission includes early admission to the VIP Preview Hour from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; access to special areas and amenities; sampling of over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants; non-alcoholic beverage sampling; entertainment, and interactive activities; and a silent auction. $75
 
Adult General Admission (Ages 21 and over) 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Admission includes sampling over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants; mixology, beer and wine sampling for adults 21 and over (IDs required); non-alcoholic beverage sampling for all; entertainment and interactive activities; and a silent auction. $125
 
Under 21 General Admission (Ages 5-20) 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Admission includes sampling over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants; non-alcoholic beverage sampling, entertainment and interactive activities; and a silent auction. $35
 
Family Table (10 VIP Tickets, May Be Used for Adult or Child Admission) 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. This package includes 10 VIP admission tickets to the event (may be used for adult or child admission). Including a reserved table with table and beverage service, early admission to the VIP Preview Hour from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, recognition as a Family Table Benefactor in the event's projected program, access to speical areas and amenities, sampling of over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants, mixology, beer and wine sampling for adults 21 and over (IDs required), non-alcoholic beverage sampling for all, entertainment, interactive activities and a silent auction. $5,000
 
Corporate VIP Table (10 VIP Tickets, May Be Used for Adult or Child Admission) 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.This package includes 10 VIP admission tickets to the event (may be used for adult or child admission). Admission includes a reserved table with table and beverage service, early admission to the VIP Preview Hour from 5:00 p.m-6:00 p.m. presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, recognition as a Corporate Table Benefactor at the event, including recognition on site and in the event's projected program,access to speical areas and amenities, sampling of over 50 of Chicago's best restaurants, mixology, beer and wine sampling for adults 21 and over (IDs required), non-alcoholic beverage sampling for all, entertainment, interactive activities and a silent auction. $10,000
 
CHILDREN UNDER 5 ADMITTED FREE WITH ADULT ADMISSION. NO STROLLERS PLEASE.

National Sponsors 

Local Platinum Premier Sponsors

 

Local Gold Sponsors 

Local Silver Sponsors

 

Local Bronze Sponsors 

2015 Participating Mixologists

Lynn HouseHeaven Hills Brands (Non-Alcohol) & Leilani and Aaliyah Fernandez

Natalia CardenasSouthern Wine & Spirits

Charles JolyCraftHouse Cocktails 

Bridget AlbertSouthern Wine & Spirits and Beam Suntory (Non-Alcohol)
& Daughter Paige Albert

Rudy MaticThe Brixton

Paul Sauter, Diageo

Lisa SelmanFemme du Coupe

Andre CunninghamSouthern Wine & Spirits

Chris NeustadtCask & Courtesy

Shauna McCarthy, Drumbar and Five Star

Carlos E. Cuarta90 Miles Cuban Cafe

Christopher BloomUSBG

Bryson Ryan, Rural Society (Loews Chicago Hotel)

Chris CavarraSable Kitchen & Bar

Al KlopperFIG Drinks and Slippery Slope

Sonja KassebaumNorth Shore Distillery

Daniel DeOliveiraUSBG

Chasity BeasleyThe Promontory

 

Host Committee and First Families Culinary Council 

Host Committee Chairs

Rob and Toni Klein, Klein and Partners 

Sean O'Scannlain, Fortune Fish and Gourmet, and family

 

First Families Culinary Council 

Ernie Naylor, Karrot Rewards

Terry and Erica Kane, Forbidden Root Brewery and Reserve

Huge Galdones and Family, Galdones Photography

Steve Dolinsky and family, The Feed Podcast/ABC Hungry Hound/SteveDolinsky.com

Chef Paul Virant and Dr. Jennifer Virant and family

Chef Michael and Lisa Kornick and Family

Chef Stephanie Izard and Gary Valentine

Event Chairs

Elissa Narow, Community Tavern / The Portage

Debbi PeekSouthern Wine & Spirits of Illinois

Jennifer Paulson, US Foods

Jared Van Camp, Element Collective

 

Event Organizing Committee

Jeannie BoutelleEdible Chicago - Hunger Messaging Co-Chair

Natalia Cardenas, Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois - Beverage Co-Chair

Erica Carter WeilerNestle Waters North America - Operations

Erinn Felix, Henson Consulting - PR Co-Chair

Lynn House, Heaven Hill Brands - Beverage Co-Chair

Michele KaminskiMercadito Hospitality Group - Hunger Messaging Co-Chair

Kristy LaMontagnaOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Molly McFerranEdelman - Volunteer Chair

Corey PolkowLa Colombe - Restaurant Chair

Angela RipinskiGrubHub Inc. - Sponsorship Chair

Carina SarbaughGeneral Mills - Operations

Charlette Speigner - Ticket Sales Chair

Ashley ThornhillOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Anna TreiberHenson Consulting - PR Co-Chair

National Presenting Sponsors

National Sponsors

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