2018 Sponsors

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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Major Partners

From our hand-selected ingredients to our meticulous, inefficient process to the way we bottle and sell our bourbon, Maker’s Mark has always gone against the grain. Fact is, we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Hornitos® was boldly born in 1950 in honor of Mexican Independence Day. It all began in Jalisco, Mexico with our founder, Don Francisco, a man who wasn’t shy about taking chances to make great tequila. From creating Reposado before it was even a word, to revolutionizing the agave cooking process, to standing up to the Mexican government and setting new standards for tequila. Since then, it has become our tradition to break tradition, all in the name of bettering tequila.


Made from premium French wheat, EFFEN Vodka uses a continuous distillation process, along with all-natural ingredients to create a smooth taste on the palate.  The range of flavors include Black Cherry, Raspberry and Cucumber, in addition to newcomers Blood Orange and Green Apple.



Suntory Whisky Toki™ embodies the proud heritage and innovative spirit of a groundbreaking and timeless Japanese blend, this is also reflected in its bottle design. A vivid blend of carefully selected whiskies from the House of Suntory’s globally acclaimed Hakushu, Yamazaki and Chita distilleries, Suntory Whisky Toki™ overturns the conventional hierarchy between malt and grain. Silky with a subtly sweet and spicy finish, Toki is the vivid blend that invites people to discover modern and traditional Japan, from the award winning House of Suntory Whisky.



Ballast Point Brewing Company is a San Diego brewery dedicated to the craft of making great beer. We tirelessly innovate, honor our local home brew roots, and have a passion for customer service and education.

Event Partners

For over three decades, Kendall-Jackson has remained relentlessly committed to producing only the finest quality wines from grapes grown in California’s cool, coastal vineyards. We carefully match climates and soil types for each grape varietal, and then guide each vineyard lot throughout the entire winemaking process. Our proprietary approach to winemaking has earned us our world-renowned reputation for wines that consistently exhibit our signature rich layers of flavor, combined with delicate balance.


At Essentia we are committed to improving peoples lives through better hydration, because we believe it’s about drinking up more of life and doing all the things that make you extraordinary. We make supercharged ionized alkaline water that’s clinically shown to rehydrate better.  Plus, our proprietary process allows us to transform water from any source into overachieving Essentia Water.


Organic, 100% raw Kombucha made by a tea company. We start with the same great-tasting organic tea blends we serve at our Townshend’s Teahouses. No juices or flavors are added after fermentation, making Brew Dr. a truly organic and 100% raw kombucha with only naturally occurring live and active cultures.



OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group, is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations. Each month, they seat more than 24 million diners, via online reservations made at over 43,000 restaurants. Their global network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table, and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back.


The Mexico Tourism Board is the organization in charge of promoting all Mexican destinations through its 23 offices across the globe. Its mission is to encourage international travelers to visit Mexico and enjoy our millenary culture, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled landscapes.



Puebla is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Mexico, a one-of-a-kind state which combines the grandeur of its history with effortless modernity. With an unsurpassable variety of culture, gastronomy, natural wonders, architecture and archeology, it is a must see stop-off when visiting the country, because here, in one unique place, the best of the Mexican people, history and modernity are brought together.


Karv delivers the highest quality meats and delicious oven-ready entrees to your door.  Karv makes it easy for people to build fast, healthy meals at home by providing lean, pre-portioned and trimmed meat along with 30 minute inspirational recipes. All of Karv’s meats are born and raised in the U.S. and USDA certified, including 100% grass-finished and fed Angus beef, organic and free-range chicken and Heritage pork. Whether you are looking to feed a finicky family of four, or trying to follow a Paleo, Keto, or Whole30 diet, Karv makes it easy to prepare lean meats and entrées for weekdays, weekends and all the celebrations in between.




Hotel Partners

Charity Partners

Pilot Light helps kids make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.



Green City Market works to create a thriving market place for sustainable farmers to earn a living wage, access for all Chicagoans to healthy food, and edible education at market and beyond.



Chef Charlie Trotter’s spirit of mentorship and giving back to the community lives on through The Trotter Project—a 501(c)(3) organization established based on the super-chef ’s guiding principles of excellence. The Trotter Project opens doors for the next generation of talent through education, mentorship, and the pursuit of excellence in the global culinary and hospitality industries.




Media Partners