Best Bites for Bounce 2019

Best Bites May

Best Bites for Bounce: A Delicious Competition to benefit Bounce Children’s Foundation­®

May 15, 2019

Barrel Room at Binny’s, Chicago, Illinois


Best Bites for Bounce 2019, hosted by the Bounce Emerging Leaders Board, was generously hosted by Binny’s in Lincoln Park.  Built in 1905, this former Lincoln Park Pumping Station, boasts a gorgeous Barrel Room often referred to as one of the best-kept secrets in Chicago.  And it did not disappoint!  Guests were treated to beautiful sight lines, outstanding architecture, tons of natural light – even an outdoor patio.

This year’s all-star chef lineup featured:

Jim Churches, CEC, Corporate Executive Chef, Land O’Lakes

Brandon Gross, Executive Chef, Clever Rabbit

Graham Hallen, Executive Chef, Egg Harbor

Justin Paruszkiewicz, Executive Chef, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

While dining on delectable small plates that ranged from Asparagus & Burrata to Maine Lobster Rolls, guests enjoyed fabulous Mystery Gift Bags, amazing Raffle Prize Packages, outstanding Silent Auction items and the evening’s Signature Cocktail, Bounce House while listening to the smooth sounds from KBE Entertainment.

Congratulations to Overall Best Bite award recipient, Chef Jim Churches, who was recognized for his Tortilla-Encrusted Turkey Medallion.  Recognized for Most Creative Bite was Chef Spencer Blake for his take on Mick Klug Farm Asparagus & Burrata.  Most Unique ingredient honors went to Chef Justin Paruszkiewicz for his Fresh Maine Lobster Roll and Best Comfort Bite went to Chef Graham Hallen for Pork Belly Balsamic BLT.


With special thanks to Executive Chef Sponsors, Head Chef Sponsors, Sous Chef Sponsors and Culinary Artist Sponsors Best Bites for Bounce raised $50,000 to benefit Bounce’s mission of transforming the lives of chronically ill children, and their families.