Scenes from Chicago's First Bites Bash 2014

The First Bites Bash kicked off Restaurant Week here in Chicago last Thursday with an event featuring over 50 local restaurants. Serious Eats is a sponsor of Restaurant Week, which made the gala that much more fun. Speaking of which, this year there are over 300 restaurants participating in the two week special. Crazy, right? You better get your reservations in now, before they're all gone.

This year, Paul Kahan hosted the event and as Chicago's culinary man of the hour, he's a perfect fit.

So kick back, relax, and enjoy the slideshow!