Kelly the Culinarian: Join me for the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity

Friday, January 22, 2016

Join me for the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity

You may recall that last year, I donned my black-tie best and enjoyed some of the best bites and classiest cars I've ever savored at the annual First Look For Charity gala the night before the Chicago Auto Show opens. I'm fortunate enough to have secured an invite again this year (time to get a new dress!), and again joined my fellow bloggers and influencers for a preview at McGrath Acura in Chicago.

First, #FLFC16 is incredibly impressive in terms of what it does for the community. Year after year, it raises more than $2.5 million for 18 local charities that are doing amazing work in our community. That's $42 million that's stayed in Chicago helping kids get adopted, clean up communities and provide education and employment for disabled adults, among other noble pursuits.

Second, the drinks are amazing. In addition to local craft beer, wine and sparkling offerings, every year there's all sorts of signature drinks. This trio of offerings is Valentine's Day-themed, since the Feb. 12 event is so close to the holiday.

I started with savory appetizers and move on to entrees. This beer cheese with toasted pretzel crisps was amazing.

As were the goat-cheese covered grape skewers.

When it came to entrees, this pulled-pork topped mac and cheese.

But I'm never above a grilled cheese/tomato bisque combo. This presentation was so cute!

By this time, I was slowing down. I wanted to try bites of everything, and I always leave room for dessert. These two-bite key lime pies were the perfect end to a meal that spanned cuisine styles.

The fine folks behind the Chicago Auto Show sent me home with a bag of goodies:

That included this super cute business card from The Butter Bella:

Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

So will I see you all dolled up on Feb. 12, too?

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