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Chicago Taste of the Nation

October 11, 2015

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

VIP Admission Child: $75
5:00pm - 9:00pm

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

General Admission Child: $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

Taste of the Nation Chicago 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, chef demos, 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.

BEST VALUE! VIP Family of Four Admission (2 VIP adults, 2 VIP children ages 5-17) 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Only 25 packages available! This package includes 2 adult (18 and over) VIP admission tickets and 2 child (ages 5-17) VIP admission tickets to the event at with a $50 discount off the individual ticket price. Admission includes special access to a celebrity chef demo, where VIP Family of Four ticketholders may cook along with and enjoy the results of a live demonstrated cooking class by a top chef*; early admission to the VIP Preview Hour to from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. presented by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; 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. (*Note: additional children may attend the celebrity chef demo as part of the VIP Family of Four admission with the purchase of a child VIP ticket. Chef demo participation permits a total group size limit of 6, including children under 5 years old.) $500
 
Adult VIP Admission (Ages 18 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
 
Child VIP Admission (Ages 5-17) 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
 
GA Family of Four Admission (2 GA adults, 2 GA children ages 5-17) 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. For a limited time only - this package includes 2 adult (18 and over) general admission tickets and 2 child (ages 5-17) general admission tickets to the event with a $20 discount off the individual ticket price. Admission includes 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. $300
 
Adult General Admission (Ages 18 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
 
Child General Admission (Ages 5-17) 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 

Check back soon for a full listing of participating bartenders and mixologists!

 

2014 Participating Mixologists

Debbi Peek, Southern Wine & Spirits - USBG National Charity Foundation - Midwest

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine & Spirits - USBG National Charity Foundation - President 

Charles Joly, The Aviary 

Adam Seger, The Art Institute of Chicago 

Rudy Matic, The Brixton

Paul Sauter, Mercadito & Double A

Andre Cunningham, Southern Wine & Spirits

Josh Davis, DrinkxXx on Me Bartending Service

Chris Neustadt, Cask & Courtesy

Tyler Lymer, Kinmont

Carlos E. Cuarta, USBG Member

Christopher Bloom, USBG Member

Bryson Ryan, Jimmy's at the James Hotel

Tony Potempa, Trump

Chris Cavarra, Sable Kitchen & Bar

Al Klopper, Nico Osteria and Slippery Slope

Thomas Mooneyham, Bar DeVille

Cristiana DeLucca, Bangers & Lace

Dante LoPrestiUSBG Member

Melissa Guadalupe, Hilton Chicago 

Sherri BradleySpirits Bartending Service LLC

Craig HiljusCask & Courtesy

Ken James & Chasity BeasleyBeam Mixology Bar

Chicago's 2015 Taste of the Nation Host Committee

Host Committee Chairs
Rob and Toni Klein, Klein and Partners

2015 Event Chairs

Elissa Narow, Vie and Perennial Virant 

Debbi PeekSouthern Wine & Spirits of Illinois

Jennifer Paulson, US Foods

Jared Van Camp, Element Collective

 

2015 Event Organizing Committee

Jeannie BoutelleEdible Chicago - Social Media 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 KaminskyMercadito Hospitality Group - Hunger Messaging Chair

Kristy LaMontagnaOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Molly McFerranEdelman - Volunteer Chair

Corey PolkowLa Colombe - Restaurant Chair

Nicole Schnoor RemijasWiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd. - Operations

Angela RipinskiGrubHub Inc. - Sponsorship Chair

Carina SarbaughGeneral Mills - Operations

Charlette Speinger

Don SrirongCoppervine

Ashley ThornhillOpenTable - Auction Co-Chair

Anna TreiberHenson Consulting - PR Co-Chair

National Presenting Sponsors

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