Sneak Peek on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity Gala Menu

| February 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

Now in its 21st year, First Look for Charity appears prominently on the calendars of both socialites and car buffs. On Feb. 9, 2012, abundant hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, soft drinks and desserts await at the nation’s largest auto show. A coordinated feast of food and drink tied to culinary celebrations adds to an evening that benefits 18 notable Chicago-area charities. And to top it all off, two attendees will win the keys to a 2012 Cadillac Escalade and a 2012 Cadillac SRX.

I had an opportunity to get the first taste of the menu a few weeks ago from David Burke’s Primehouse, Wildfire, Savor, and Fogo De Chao. Check out my photos below.

18 Vital Chicago area charities will benefit from the more than $2 million expected to be raised by First Look for Charity. Although tickets are now unavailable to purchase online, tickets can still be purchased at the event’s Will Call tables. Click here for more info.

100 Club of Chicago
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
Children’s Memorial Hospital
The Cradle Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Franciscan Community Benefit Services
Franciscan St. James Health
Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
March of Dimes
Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Special Olympics Illinois
Spina Bifida Association of Illinois
Jesse White Tumbling Team

Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity
2012 Menu


Dim Sum Station
Hoisin Steamed Pork Bun, Chicken Shomai
Shrimp Dumplings, Turkey Potstickers
Hot Mustard and Soy Sauces

Shrimp Fried Rice with Spring Onion

Cold Dragon Noodle Salad
with Asian Vegetables


Beef Skewers
Roasted Pearl Onions and Flat Parsley Chimichurri Sauce

Chicken Skewers
Bell Peppers, Brazilian Spices
Sun Dried Tomato Chimichurri

Pork Skewers
Pasilla Chile Chimichurri, Fresh Cilantro

Lamb Lollipop with Lemon & Lime
Chef Action Station

Black Bean and Corn Salad
Cumin and Roasted Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Sponsored by Texas De Brazil



Watermelon and Chili Gazpacho

Mini Beef Burgers
American Cheese, Parker House Roll

BBQ Shrimp and Scallop Skewer
Jack Daniel BBQ Sauce

Balsamic Braised Mushroom Skewer

Potato Salad
Yukon Gold Potato Salad with
Pickled Spanish Onion and Grainy Mustard

Sponsored by Catered by Design

Surf and Turf Shooter
Lobster Bisque accompanied by a Mini Beef Brochette

Chopped – Tini Salads
Salad Greens, Grilled Chicken Breast, Feta Cheese, Bacon, Scallions and Croutons
Champagne Vinaigrette

Skewer of Fresh Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Black Olive
Garlic Crostini

Sponsored by David Burke’s PRIMEHOUSE

Mini Toast Skewers
Roasted Grapes, Goat Cheese Fondue, Toasted Fennel

Beef Sliders
Jalapeno Ketchup

Cheddar Bacon Dumplings

Duck Confit Bread Pudding
Whipped Brie Cheese, Rum aged Maple Syrup
Sponsored by Gordon Biersch Brewery


Sponsored by Real Urban BBQ

Red Neck Tacos

Sponsored by Wildfire

Braised Short Ribs
Roasted Root Vegetables, Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

Flavors of Munich – Sponsored by Spaten

Mini Beer Poached Bockwurst
Caraway Sauerkraut
Bavarian Pretzel Roll

Mini Cranberry Sage Pork Sausage
Rustic Sour Dough

Veal Meatballs
Caper Sauce

Bavarian Pretzels Bites
Mustard and Cheese dipping Sides

Rustic Cole Slaw
Sun Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pineapple, Sunflower Seeds
Aged Red Wine Vinaigrette

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