Starving Artist is Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual benefit that pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent. For this year’s event, Starving Artist will offer a high-energy and interactive evening where attendees will engage directly with the creative environment of unique art and food installations.
Redefining the age-old concept of the “starving artist,” CAC’s event puts four local artists in the spotlight, pairing each with a like-minded chef. Their assignment: inspire each other to create both edible “installations” to be enjoyed by the crowd and new works of art, which will be auctioned off the night of the event. FEATURED ARTIST & CHEF PAIRINGS:
- Artist Laura Letinsky with Food Preservationist Tara Lane of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
- Artist Jeanne Dunning with Executive Chef Jared Van Camp of Nellcote
- Artist Erik Peterson with Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower of Avec (formerly of Publican Quality Meats)
- Artist Jenny Kendler with Executive Chef Beverly Kim of Bonsoirée
WATCH A VIDEO of Laura Letinsky and Tara Lane
WATCH A VIDEO of Jenny Kendler and Beverly Kim
WATCH A VIDEO of Erik Peterson and Erling Wu-Bower
All proceeds from Starving Artist support CAC's mission and programs, including a new "Starving Artist Grant" funded in part with a portion of ticket sales. The grant will provide critical unrestricted support for a local Chicago artist, and be distributed in Spring 2013.
Last year’s inaugural Starving Artist event featured the following artist/chef pairings: painter Richard Hull with Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat); sculptor Lauren Brescia with Hilary Blanchard-Rikower (one sixty blue); painter Tim Anderson with Koren Grieveson (Avec); and painter Judy Ledgerwood with Randy Zweiban (Province). The event raised more than $20,000 for Chicago Artists’ Coalition.
This year, each of the four pairs’ creations — both edible and aesthetic — will be staggered throughout the evening, introduced via a performance processional byThe Power of Cheer along with live music and unfolding aesthetics, all orchestrated by local architecture and branding firm, weetu. Cocktails, beer and wine will flow freely throughout the evening, alongside a series of food installations to complement the artist/chef offerings. FEATURING ARTISANAL FOOD INSTALLATIONS BY:
Vosges Haut-Chocolat in collaboration with Baccara Collective Glazed and Infused and Gary Poppins in collaboration with Jim Zimpel Solemn Oath Brewery in collaboration with Industry of the Ordinary Publican Quality Meats and Old Town Social in a "charcuterie battle"
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
CS Magazine official media sponsor / Lincoln official auto sponsor / CookTek / Death's Door Spirits / Fiji / Haymarket Pub & Brewery / La Colombe Torrefaction / Sound Investment / The Noble Grape / The Furniture Shop / Tito's Vodka / Whole Foods Market South Loop / WPA Chicago
We have amazing packages worth hundreds of dollars, thanks to these generous friends and donors helping to support CAC's mission and programs: Alliance Bakery, Blue Stem Bed & Breakfast, City Winery, Collaboraction, CS Magazine, Danceworks Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble, Half Acre Brewery, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Koval Distillery, Lillstreet Art Center, Logan Theatre, Multilingual Chicago, Redtape Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theater, Swim Cafe, The Steve Harvey Show, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and Writers Theatre. Tickets on sale at Starving Artist (1/$10, 3/$20, or 10/$50).
2012 Event Committee
- Juli Bark, Chair Strategic Marketing Executive
- Donna Lee Bremer Dining Out Magazine
- Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. 27th Ward, Chicago
- Carly Cannell & Jorge Orozco-Cordero weetu workshop
- Todd Heiser Gensler
- Tara Lane Featured Chef
- Alexis Nido-Russo CS Magazine
- Justus Roe Artist
- Carmelita A. Tiu VSA Partners, Inc.
- Lauren Viera Writer and Journalist