Thursday, January 5, 2012

'Top Chef' Star Hosts 'First Bites Bash'

(Photo: Stephanie Izard)

There's still hope that a Chicagoan will win this season's Top Chef, making him or her the second local chef to earn that honor.

But in the meantime, we've still got Stephanie Izard, who's not only the only Chicago winner, but also the only female winner of Bravo's competitive chef show. The star chef of Girl & the Goat is also known for her tireless efforts to help raise money for worthy organizations like Greater Chicago Food Depository, so it's no surprise that she signed on to host the first-ever First Bites Bash.

The kick-off event is for Chicago Restaurant Week, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the organization.

Izard as well as the likes of celebrated chefs David Burke (David Burke's Primehouse), Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Bar Toma), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno) and more than 50 others will serve some of their signature "bites."

The event happens 6-9pm Feb. 2 at Union Station and tickets are $125. You can get them here.

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