Monday, March 1, 2010

Art Smith's Celeb-Studded B-Day Bash!

Art Smith (left) and life partner Jesus Salgueiro at the James Hotel on Sunday. (Photo: Amanda Puck)

Oprah may not have made her former personal chef's fabulous 50th birthday party Sunday at The James Hotel, but she certainly made up for her absence with a $250,000 check for his charity, Common Threads.

Of course, we're talking about Table Fifty-Two's Art Smith, the affable chef who's cooked for other celebrities, including the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Jordan as well as President Obama and The First Lady.

The VIP affair at The James included top culinary icons and celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson, Ming Tsai, David Burke, Barbara Lynch, Gavin Kaysen and Stephanie Izard, plus Mayor Daley and former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers.

Check out the Twitter feed of ABC-7 entertainment reporter Steve "The Hungry Hound" Dolinsky to find out what they ate (he also has some photos), which of course included Table Fifty-Two's legendary buttermilk fried chicken.

But for Smith, Sunday's party was just the beginning. Tonight's annual Common Threads World Festival at Soldier's Field is the main event. Tickets are still available.

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