Thursday, January 24, 2008

Padma Lakshmi, John Legend headline Common Threads' World Festival


Just days after the fourth season of cult fave "Top Chef" debuts on Bravo, its model-hostess Padma Lakshmi will serve as the mistress of ceremonies at the third-annual Common Threads' World Festival.

This event, which takes place on March 17, is big time, featuring some of the country's top culinary kings—and queens—including a mighty tight list of our very own stars.

The walkaround tasting includes appetizers prepared by Common Threads founder Art Smith, TABLE fifty-two; David Burke, David Burke’s Primehouse; Tom Colicchio, Craft; Gale Gand, Tru; Ken Oringer; Clio; Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit and C-House; Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolates; and Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger.

Those who purchase VIP tix get to attend an exclusive Chef After Party, which will be hosted by Food Network’s Paula Deen, with a special performance by R&B megastar John Legend.

Tickets are $250 for general admission and $500 for VIP. The nonprofit Common Threads was founded in 2003 by Art Smith to teach children cultural diversity, nutrition and personal well-being. Call 312-752-2692 for more info.

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