Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Last Hurrah For Art Smith's 'World Festival'


It had a good run, but now it's time for a change.

Common Threads' World Festival—the gourmet grubout staffed by some of the most recognized names in the culinary world—will be no longer following its final event on March 7 at Soldier Field.

And to no one's surprise, this final blowout will go out with a significant bang, as founder Art Smith of Table Fifty-Two has gathered the likes of Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Michelle Bernstein (Michy's), Anita Lo (Annisa), Bill Kim (Urban Belly/Belly Shack) and Chris Pandel (The Bristol) to serve as his celebrity chef hosts.

The event includes a walkaround global tasting from the aforementioned chefs and others, plus cocktails and a live performance by K'naan. New this year is a pre-event fashion show for the VIP types.

Here's a partial list of additional participating chefs: Jimmy Bannos, Jr., The Purple Pig; Jimmy Bannos, Sr., Heaven on Seven; Frank Brunacci, Sixteen; David Burke and Rick Gresh, David Burke's Primehouse; Chris Curren, Blue 13; Graham Elliot and Merlin Verrier, Graham Elliot; Curtis Duffy, Avenues at Peninsula; David Dworshak, Carnivale; Patrick Fahy, Blackbird; Paul Fehribach, Big Jones; Meg Galus, Cafe Des Architectes; Koren Grieveson, avec; Jason Hammel and Lea Tshilds, Lula Café/Nightwood; Roger Herring and David Gollan, Socca/Redd Herring; Kevin Hickey, Seasons; Harold Jurado, Chizakaya; Paul Kahan and David Posey, Blackbird; Edward Kim, Ruxbin; Gilbert Langlois, Chalkboard; Ryan LaRoche, NoMI; Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle; Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia; Randy Zweiban, Province.

Tickets are $250 for general admission and $500 for VIP. Get them here.

We're excited to see what they plan for next year!

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