The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will host its third annual Winterfest event on Friday, Feb. 7 at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N Morgan St., Chicago). Featuring a new venue, new chefs and unparalleled access to more Blackhawks players than ever before, Winterfest is an unforgettable evening for fans to enjoy craft cocktails and chef tastings from top restaurants across Chicago.
New this year, Winterfest will introduce a VIP Hour, offering a limited number of fans exclusive early access to mingle with Blackhawks players from 6 to 7 p.m. Renowned Chicago chef Stephanie Izard, who was the first woman to win Bravo's Top Chef and has captured the titles of Food Network "Iron Chef," James Beard "Best Chef: Great Lakes" (2013) and Food & Wine "Best New Chef" (2011), will headline this special hour with dishes made from her line of globally inspired "This Little Goat" cooking sauces and spice mixes for home cooks. Izard's latest dining experience, This Little Goat Went to the Taqueria, is now open at the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Video: Sights and Sounds: Winterfest 2018
At least 15 other prominent chefs from local restaurants will join Izard for the main event from 7 to 10 p.m., including:
- Larry Feldmeier and Allison Schroeder, The Albert
- Daniel Pineda, Bandit
- Brian Ahern, Boeufhaus
- Marc Vidal, Boqueria
- Michael Sheerin, Francois Frankie
- Brian Jupiter, Ina Mae Tavern and Frontier
- Jason Shelley, Ocean Prime
- Kevin Cuddihee, Porter Kitchen and Deck
- Jason Paskewitz, Queenie's Supper Club
- Cardel Reid, The Signature Room at the 95th
- Brian Key, Steak 48
- Claudio Ulivieri, Stefani Prime Italian
- Michael Armstrong, TAO
- Toni Roberts, Wit Hotel
Breakthru Beverage Group will provide a variety of cocktail tastings throughout the venue, and Stan's Donuts & Coffee will also provide sweets to round out the evening.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public (21+) at Blackhawks.com/Winterfest. Main event tickets are available for $250. VIP Hour tickets - which include access to the main event, a special gift and complimentary parking - will be available for $500. All proceeds from the Winterfest event will directly benefit the educational programs and charitable donations the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation supports.
As the team's official charitable arm, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation works to create a healthier, smarter, more secure world for families in and around Chicago. By providing access to programming and resources, the organization strives to make a positive impact focused on health & wellness, education, youth engagement and family services in addition to growing the great game of hockey.
Blackhawks Foundation programs collectively served more than 113,000 Chicagoland youth in schools and at Fifth Third Arena, the Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, in 2018-19. The organization also awarded $1.85 million in grants to more than 25 local nonprofits last season. For more information, please visit Blackhawks.com/Foundation or download a copy of the 2018-19 Community Report.