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Starving Artist 2013

taco battle
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 7:00pm to Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Starving Artist is Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual benefit that pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent. Their assignment is to inspire each other to create edible “installations” to be enjoyed by the crowd and new works of art to be auctioned off the night of the event. Starving Artist is a high-energy and interactive evening where attendees will engage directly with the creative environment of unique art and food installations.

As government endowments for the arts continue to be depleted, it’s important to find and support organizations that foster creativity, CAC is one of the few left that does this wholeheartedly.  Chicago chefs and restaurants can learn a lot and benefit by partnering with the CAC community.”
— Chef Jared Van Camp of Nellcote

Each artist + chef course is presented in a unique, experiential and performative way. This whimsical, one of a kind event reinvents the traditional idea of a fundraiser.

Starving Artist 2012 highlights included a Glazed and Infused doughnut and Vosges Haut-Chocolat installation, a charcuterie battle, music by DJ Cage & Aquarium, and much more. 

For the 2014 event, five artist + chef pairs created both edible and aesthetic delights. The dishes were staggered throughout the evening and the pairs were celebrated and introduced via a performance processional by The Power of Cheer.

Cocktails crafted by mixologist Benjamin Newby, free-flowing beer and wine, and an inventive mix of food installations complemented the artist/chef offerings.

Starving Artist 2013 Artists, Chefs and Partners

Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice // Andrea Morris of Cocomori // Benjamin Newby of Hennessy Black // Bill Kim of BellyQ and Urban Belly // Furniture designers Bladon Conner & Aaron Pahmier // Chrissy Camba of Bar Pastoral // Artist Claire Ashley// Artist Cody Hudson // Erick Williams of MK // Fabio Viviani of Top Chef and Siena Tavern // Jared Wentworthof Longman and Eagle // HATCH Projects artist Jordan Martins // Artist Lesley Marie Jackson // Mamas Nuts // ArtistSabina Ott // Spin Spun Confections // BOLT Residency artist Stacia Yeapanis // Artist Theaster Gates // Zoe Schor of Ada Street

Plus a Taco Battle featuring Antique Taco vs. Big Star. 

Live auction facilitated by Christie’s. 

Special DJ sets by Cage & Aquarium and Pitchfork.

Live performances by the Power of Cheer.



“Early Bird” Specials (Purchase before June 15)
$50 artists and arts administrators
$100 general admission
$150 Secret Society (includes super awesome gift bag and a year long Collectors Circle membership, a $150 value)

Purchase after June 15
$75 artists and arts administrators
$125 general admission
$175 Secret Society (includes super awesome gift bag and a year long Collectors Circle membership, a $150 value)

All proceeds from Starving Artist support CAC’s mission and programs, and the Maker Grant which is funded in part by the ticket sales of this event and our partner OtherPeoplesPixels. The grant provides critical unrestricted support for a local Chicago artist, and will be distributed in Spring 2014.


Time Out Chicago
Sound Investment
Room & Board
Hennessy Black
The Conservation Center
Cage + Aquarium
Whole Foods
Goose Island
Astro Wifey
*to learn more about sponsoring Starving Artist email

BIG thank you to our 2013 HOST COMMITTEE
Carmelita A. Tiu
Lesley Prizant Goodman
Olga Markoff
Lisa Cavanaugh
Tony Karman
Benjamin Newby
Donna Albertson
Eva Daiberl
Jessi Sheehan
Diana Bitting