Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Common Threads' World Festival returns; opening date for Faith & Whiskey

Lisa Novick, TABLE fifty-two's Art Smith and a guest at last year's Common Threads' World Festival event at the MCA. (Photo: Common Threads)

It brought out all the culinary rock stars last year, and we're not expecting anything less when Common Threads' World Festival returns on March 23.

Founded by Art Smith (TABLE fifty-two), the organization raises funds for culinary programs for disadvantaged children. Just about every high-profile chef in town, as well as some famous national stars, whips up signature appetizers for this walk-around tasting event with live music, a host of celebrity appearances (including Gail Simmons of "Top Chef" fame), and silent and live auctions.

Just a partial list of chefs: Mindy Segal and Mark Steuer, Hot Chocolate; Giuseppe Tentori, BOKA; Chris Pandel, The Bristol; Koren Grieveson, Avec; Christophe David, NoMI; Radhika Desai, Between Boutique Café & Lounge; Rocco DiSpirito; Kendal Duque, Sepia; and Tyler Florence, Food Network.

On the nightlife front, the guys behind West Loop hot spot Bon V announce an opening date for their rockin' lounge Faith & Whiskey in Lincoln Park.

From partner Hunter Cannon: "The solid date for opening is Jan. 23. We will only be open Fridays and Saturdays until after the grand opening party which will be held on Feb. 12. The bar looks great and I'm sure you will love the staff. I can't wait to break it in."