The official Restaurant Week kick-off event is held at Chicago’s Great Hall at Union Station and features more than 50 chefs putting out their best bites. Hosted by Stephanie Izard and Mayor Emanuel, all the proceeds went to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

I found a Groupon for a discounted rate which included Stephanie Izard’s signed cookbook, A Girl In The Kitchen. We sampled, drank and moved our way strategically throughout the Great Hall. Imagine our surprise when we turned the corner and discovered there was an entire wing of desserts waiting to be discovered.

In the photo collages, click on a photo then use the arrows to see descriptions where noted and view the photos in a larger format.

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First Bites Bash kicks off Restaurant Week and is held at the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station

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Ji Yoon of Henri prepping Thyme Panna Cotta
Ji Yoon of Henri prepping Thyme Panna Cotta

Click on the photos to see descriptions where noted and in a larger size.

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Jumbo Lump Crab, Scallions, Red Pepper, Black Truffle, Brioche, Truffle Citronette by Prosecco
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Goat Chili topped with Fried Pizza Dough and Cheese by Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat.
Goat Chili by Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat
Goat Chili by Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat

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Spicy Mono and Skirt Steak Robata by Japonais and Mirai Sushi
Spicy Mono and Skirt Steak Robata by Japonais and Mirai Sushi
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Barbacoa Tacos by Zapatista. These were getting snatched up as soon as they landed.
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One of the advantages of being an older sister is your baby sister will always do things for you when you can’t or don’t want to do them. My dogs are tired so she is gathering dessert samples for us to try.
Here she comes!
Here she comes!
Mini Whiskey Bacon Bars by Black Dog Gelato
Mini Whiskey Bacon Bars by Black Dog Gelato
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OMG, I am so full I can barely stand up but I’m not a quitter. I had a final ice cream cone and we called it a night.
Post indulgence belly bump with my sis
Post over-indulgence belly bump with my sis.

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Posted by:Lou Stejskal

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