Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, returns to Millennium Park September 28-30, 2018 for the eleventh annual festival. Chicago Gourmet was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. Chicago Gourmet would not be possible without the support of title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois. For more information, please visit chicagogourmet.org and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Solicit sponsorship and exhibitors for Chicago Gourmet events Develop prospect list and execute introductory communications Build and maintain strong relationships with all current and new sponsors Determine creative ways to procure additional sponsorship revenue Assist with sponsor proposals and negotiations for new sponsors Author sponsorship agreement documents and manage legal review when applicable Manage sponsor communication and process including Welcome Packet and Forms Manage Sponsor Timeline with all production and collateral deadlines Implement tent sponsor and exhibitor activations leading up to the event and work with production company for feasibility, management and execution Attend sponsor site visits and conference calls Liaise with partner vendors to manage activation needs, social/earned media inclusions, Track and mange sponsor gifting donations, tickets/credential requests, insurance certificates, etc. Work with Talent Coordinator to oversee sponsor driven Tasting Pavilions and stage programming segments Issue sponsor invoices and issue payment follow-up as needed Oversee of onsite execution and troubleshooting throughout festival Assist in post festival wrap meetings with all sponsors to solicit feedback and determine renewal status
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: Food Service/Hospitality Industry Event Planning Basic software programs, (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Required Skills: Communicate effectively, both verbal and writing Organizational, and attention to detail skills Self-motivated, self-challenging Creative thinker Efficiently use time to multitask Work independently and as a team player Thrive in fast-pace working environment
About Illinois Restaurant Association (Chicago Gourmet)
ABOUT THE ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The IRA owns and produces Chicago Gourmet – the annual food and wine festival held in Millennium Park that unites hundreds of restaurants, chefs and beverage experts for a weekend filled with food and drink tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, book signings, interactive seminars and more. The Association is a proud host of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be held in Chicago through 2021, and celebrates excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education throughout the country. For more information about the Illinois Restaurant Association, visit illinoisrestaurants.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.