Kelly the Culinarian: #FLFC15: Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity

Saturday, January 10, 2015

#FLFC15: Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity

In what is easily my biggest blogger win thus far of 2015, I was selected to attend the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity with a few other members of the Chicago Food Bloggers. It's a black-tie affair that annually raises more than $2 million for 18 local charities. In addition to requiring tuxedo attire, the whole affair is bathed in delicious food and signature cocktails, along with giveaways for a 2015 Explorer and a 2015 Ford Fusion (I'll start my good luck superstitions now).

As part of my deal with the event, I was invited to an awesome preview party Friday at McGrath Acura in Chicago. I aspire to own a car that comes from a dealership this nice. We started with a taste of the signature cocktail, a Berry Bramble made with Menage a Trois vodka. Fun fact, they'll make a 240-gallon version of this on game day to ensure patrons' glasses don't run dry. That's on top of the 60,000 bites of food. I may need to size up on my gown.

There was so much to sample, from gourmet guacamole to locally made ice cream. The kicker? This was only a small portion of the food and beverage providers sponsoring the event. I tried some amazing food, including smoked ribs, a seafood tostada, cheesecake bites, flourless gluten-free brownies and sushi. I'm so excited for the gala now because I've gotten the pro tips from all the seasoned blogger, and also know what to expect culinary wise. I'm personally planning to snack early and often because this menu is to die for.

Who else is attending the First Look for Charity on Feb. 13? You know how to find me there:
And I'll be wearing a green dress with all my plates of food. That, too.


Losing Lindy said...


Unknown said...

This looks so amazing! I hope there is a lot of room in your dress for the auto show!