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.
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.
So it’s not enough that Graham Elliot Bowles is being welcomed into America’s living rooms each week on Gordon Ramsay’s new hot amateur chef show Master Chef. Or that he’s about to see his skills as culinary director of Lollapalooza feed thousands of festival goers this weekend with amazing street-food offerings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants. We’d say that launching Grahampagne, an effervescent Kristal Wit Belgian Ale in collaboration with Goose Island head brewer Jared Rouben is pretty damn cool (the beer, styled after Champagne, is available at both Graham Elliot in River North and on tap at Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub).
You’d think with all of those things going on this week, that’d be enough. Well, you’d be wrong, because all of that other stuff pales in comparison to what went down at GEB’s restaurant Wednesday night. No other than President Barack Obama celebrated his 49th birthday in style with pals Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and others. The street was blocked off to all vehicles and the entire Graham Elliot staff sang happy birthday to the prez before he posed with them for a group shot.
What could possibly happen next for Graham? Have Santa and the Easter Bunny come over for a tea party?