In honor of his induction into the Chicago Culinary Museum’s Chefs Hall of Fame, Mayor Daley has declared Sept. 30 Art Smith Day in the city. Daley was so impressed the Smith shed nearly 100 pounds that he’s giving the chef this award. We kid, we kid.
On Tuesday morning, Top Chef Stephanie Izard, chef/owner of the Girl & The Goat, helped open the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen at Lakeview’s Nettelhorst School; it was designed by designer Nate Berkus with help from Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. The beautiful modern white kitchen with brand new appliances and utensils will serve as a bridge between home and school, with cooking becoming a part of the curriculum. Similar to the program put in place by Art Smith’s Common Threads foundation, the Nettelhorst Community Kitchen will help kids learn how to prepare healthy meals and see where their food comes from.
Now we know why Art Smith lost all that weight last year: so he could look fabulous in his wedding photos. The celebrity chef and FOO (that’d be Friend of Oprah) wed his longtime partner, Jesus Salgueiro, in Washington over the weekend. The fete, which was held on the rooftop of the Liaison Affinia Hotel (where Smith’s restaurant, Art and Soul is housed), was DJ’d by Moby and, according to a tweet over the weekend by chef Carrie Nahabedian (which appears to have been removed now), loads of local chefs and friends flew to the nation’s capital to celebrate the pairs nuptials.
If you’re in an altruistic mood and have $150 burning a hole in your pocket, consider buying a ticket to the Culinary Crosstown Classic benefitting Common Threads, the organization started by celebrity chef Art Smith. This annual event takes place Friday June 11 at Seasons restaurant and will see chefs Kevin Hickey (Seasons) and Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Shack) pull together a baseball-themed dinner in honor of the Cubs and Sox going head-to-head this weekend. The night starts with passed apps of upscale recreations of classic ballpark favorites and moves into a three-course meal, which is followed by the Bleacher Sweets Reception a.k.a. dessert. There aren’t a lot of moments when you can honestly say you’ve done your part to help Chicago’s kids in need and Common Threads is a great way for you to give back. Foodie has a handful of tickets and if you want to book your spot, head to the site now. You’ll feel really good when you do.