The Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC) recently moved their office to the West Loop and found themselves surrounded by a whole new art form in the restaurants that surrounded them. They capitalized on this idea and created Starving Artist, an event pairing four of the West Loop's best chefs with four talented artists on August 18 from 7-10 p.m.
Stephanie Izard will create food inspired by artist Richard Hull; Koren Grieveson inspired by Tim Anderson; Randy Zwieban paired with Judy Ledgerwood and one sixty blue pastry chef Hillary Blanchard-Rikower paired with Lauren Brescia. The chefs will provide the food for the evening and artists' work will be exhibited and auctioned off during the evening. Burlesque performers and music will also provide entertainment.
In addition to the artwork, each chef has donated a special auction item including: an intimate dining event for two at the chef's table at Girl & the Goat featuring the wines specially blended for the restaurant and Izard's hand-crafted bourbon, with a bottle to take home; dinner for four at avec with hand-selected dishes by Grieveson with wine pairings; private dinner for four at Province hosted by artists Judy Ledgerwood and Tony Tasset with a special menu created by Zweiban served in pottery created by Ledgerwood; and a private pastry class and tasting at one sixtyblue.
The CAC has also secured all local sponsors for the event, with Koval Distillery, Haymarket , Alliance Bakery, Tito's Vodka and The Noble Grape all participating.
Next year the CAC plans to expand their work with chefs across the city and will pair a new group of chefs and artists each time. To attend next week's event you can purchase tickets here, $100 for CAC members; $125 for non-members.