Friday, January 30, 2015

Food as Art, Art as Food

Visual artists and local chefs feed each other at Starving Artist


No longer do your ex-girlfriend’s endless Instagram photos of her sushi qualify as art.
Next weekend, it’s time to leave such matters to the professionals at Chicago Artist Coalition’s Starving Artist, offering “edible installations” courtesy of local artists and chefs.
The idea is simple: pair visual artists with food artists such as Belly Q’s Bill Kim and Siena Tavern’s Fabio Viviano to create the tastiest works of art since edible underwear.
Dishes from five artist/chef teams will be staggered throughout the evening, with each dish announced via a “performance processional” by local rock cheerleaders The Power of Cheer.
Innovative combinations (such as last year’s Glazed & Infused boozy donuts and chocolate truffle art piece) will later be auctioned off with the help of live auctioneers from Christie’s.
DJs from Chicago-based indie rock purveyors Pitchfork, a roving photographer, and a coffee truck from La Colombe will help things go down smoothly.
And when Wicker Park heavy hitters Big Star and Antique Taco face off in a live taco battle, you’ll be glad to find cool drinks from Hennessy Black, Goose Island, and Apothic Wine within reach.
Don't forget to brandish the pinky while taking down that taco.

Starving Artist
Saturday, June 29
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St., West Loop
(312) 491-8888
Price: $75-175 here
Subway: Green, Pink Line to Morgan
Nearby: Kabocha; Porkchop; Vera Chicago

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