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The IRA produces and supports special events for every palate—whether you are looking to rub elbows with celebrity chefs, connect with leaders in the foodservice industry, or just enjoy the sun and chow down. We look forward to seeing you year-round. 

Annual Meeting & Luncheon | February: We will kick off the year with our Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers Luncheon. Industry awards are presented for Vendor of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year and Sara Rowe ProStart® Company of the Year.

James Beard Awards | May 4, Lyric Opera: For the sixth year in a row, Chicago will host this extraordinary culinary event—the Academy Awards of the food world. Don’t miss out on the after parties at Chicago’s top restaurants after the awards – stay tuned for additional information!  

Taste of Chicago | July 8-12, Grant Park: Come out and enjoy bites from over 60 restaurants, including 5-Day vendors, pop-ups and food trucks in the beautiful July sunshine. The IRA handles restaurant and beverage operations at Taste, and we look forward to seeing you in Grant Park! 

Annual IRA Golf Classic | August 5, St. Andrews Golf Course : Over 300 golfers will participate in this member event that includes breakfast and Bloody Mary bar, lunch, dinner, silent auction and awards for Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. A great day out on the links.

Hamburger Hop | September 25, Harris Theater Rooftop : At this record sell-out kick-off to Chicago Gourmet, 15 chef participants will serve up mouthwatering burgers and compete for People’s Choice Award and Judge’s Choice Award. 

Chicago Gourmet | September 26-27, Millennium Park: Voted Chicago’s favorite festival by CS Magazine, this IRA signature event includes 200+ chefs, tasting pavilions, chef demos, wine and spirit tastings, book signings and more. 

Chef’s Table | November: A night of entertainment and culinary treats, the event showcases some of Chicago’s most renowned restaurants and welcomes over 700 foodservice professionals, all honoring the IRA Educational Foundation and ProStart® programs. 

For ticketing information or questions about event specifics, please contact Samantha Vitale at (312) 380-4111 or 

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