Delicious DIRT Gets Up Close & Personal With Chef Art Smith

Chef Art Smith

The executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-two + Art and Soul restaurants, Art Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years and has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Nightline, Fox News, Extra, Dr. Oz and Oprah. In 2003 he founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. For his tireless Common Threads leadership, Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a Chicagoan of the Year in 2007. That same year, the prestigious James Beard Foundation named him Humanitarian of the Year.  All photos courtesy of Kipling Swehla.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

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Delicious DIRT. Art Smith Exclusive

“The Gov. of Florida, taught me that in order to get ahead you had to understand politics and diplomacy. Oprah taught me to honor your word and always give people your best. Life taught me to always have a parachute,” Art Smith. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Deviled Eggs @ Table Fifty-two

Yes, Oprah gave her whole studio audience cars… However, the most meaningful gift she gave Chicago and food nerds across America was opening our eyes to the one and only wonderful Chef Art Smith. The TV star and head chef behind President Obama favorite Table Fifty-two and Art & Soul, (plus future restaurants in California and Atlanta) has a heart made of gold.  What you may NOT know is this fantastic chef has become a recent marathoner and runs a remarkable charity, Common Threads.

None of the above should be surprising to anyone who has met Chef Art Smith.  His Southern roots and upbringing shine not just in his cooking, but also in his overall demeanor.  The way Art treats everyone he meets is with pure kindness. We are sincerely proud to call him our friend.  Art cooks the food we love, the food we crave, and the food we devour!! Even better, he serves it with panache.  We, at Delicious DIRT, adore Chef Art Smith – as a mentor, a chef and a friend. Below, get to know Art Smith, up close and personal. We hope you’ll enjoy reading his interview as much as we loved giving it.

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Delicious DIRT. Lynn Sage Summer Soiree July 28th @ Board Room

CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE.  BUY TICKETS HERE: WWW.LYNNSAGE.ORG Dedicated to the courageous spirit of Lynn Sage, the Foundation supports innovative contributions to the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer, in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H.Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. To make a donation click here

DC + MBK @ 2010 Soiree, Photo by Tyler Curtis

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Delicious DIRT. Toasty Tuesday Events

Inside: Contextos, Salud, Old Town Social, In Chef’s Hands

In Chef’s Hands – Food Therapy For The Soul Event NOT To Miss

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Delicious DIRT. KISS on NBC

RedHot Midnight Kiss Auditions…

The RedHot Midnight Kiss will be auditioning kissing couples LIVE June 2nd on NBC 5 News Morning Show between 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM. Pucker Up!

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Delicious DIRT. In Chef’s Hands – Food Therapy For The Soul Event NOT To Miss

Two of Chicago’s renowned Chefs, Chef Rodelio Aglibot + Chef Todd Stein have teamed up with Jeremy Dubin and Scott Crane, to co-found In Chef’s Hands with some of Chicago’s most influential food industry experts.  Their kick off event is June 14th at Old Town Social.

Stay tuned to Delicious DIRT for Scott’s guest post which is sure to captivate you.  You’ll read his words and taste his story and how he started food therapy programs in hospice situations.  Life changing. Pivotal.  Everlasting.   Thank you Scott for all you do and all the beauty you represent.  Cookbook ahead… We. Can. Not. Wait.

In Chef’s Hands – Food Therapy For Th
e Soul

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Delicious DIRT. Fundraiser –> United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6 p.m.
Museum Works Galleries
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1850

A refugee from the genocide in Darfur. Chad, 2007. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Event Chairs
Marla and Larry Gilbert, Jordan Goodman, Melissa Grund, and
Emily Sachs Wong and Thad Wong

“A memorial unresponsive to the future would violate the memory of the past.”

—Elie Wiesel, Founding Museum Chairman  

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Delicious DIRT. Weekly Event Roundup

Inside: Publican, Founders Brewing Company, Adam Ezra, Martyrs, ReVamped, Earth Share of IL, W Hotels, Jersey Girls, Wine Riot, Union Station, Farm to Table, Big Jones, McCormick & Schmick’s, MayFest, Campfire Ball, One Step Camp, One Step At A Time, Venue One

Adam Ezra, Photo Mac Polski

5/19 ******* Adam Ezra playing @ Martyrs‘!  Welcome back to our good friends and treasured talents Adam Ezra Group!! We missed you guys!  The DIRT team loves these shows more than most and you will too!  Get there! Martyrs’ 3855 N Lincoln Ave 9pm-11pm

5/19 Slow Food Chicago Farm-to-Table Series–Big Jones May 19, 2011 “Low on the Hog in the Lowcountry” Big Jones May 19, 2011 at 6PM (Reception) & 7PM (Dinner) Executive Chef Paul Fehribach 5347 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60640 $49 includes tax, gratuity, and a $10 donation to Slow Food Chicago Optional beverage pairings: $25 RSVP: Phone: (773) 275-5725 MORE INFO

5/19 Linked N Chicago LIVE Event hosted by the one and only McCormick & Schmick’s- Chicago, Patio Grand Opening! May 19 06:00PM to 08:30PM Hosted by Linked N Chicago (LiNC) You’re invited to a LINKED N CHICAGO LIVE EVENT by popular demand Let’s kick off summer right!  Are you ready?  ***This event will sell out*** Linked N Chicago is the largest networking forum for LinkedIn business … Read more.


ReVamped 2010 Monica Wontorski Designs

5/20 Revamped! Check out Revamped: A Fashion Show Dedicated to a Greener Society! Support EarthShare of Illinois & enjoy eco-friendly fashion, art, food & cocktails! May 20 @ 7pm, $35 gen admission & $75 VIP. Purchase your tickets to REVAMPED! Pre-sale ends on Friday, May 20 @ 3:00pm! $35 General Admission pre-sale, $45 at the door, $75 VIP! See you at Revamped! Bridgeport Art Center,  1200 W 35th Street

5/20-22 MAYFEST We are jumping for join because Chicago’s festival season kicks off this weekend at MayFest!  Some of our favorite bands will play this 3 day festival in lakeview!  Sixteen Candles- best 80′s cover band ever (no not the movie), Too White Crew– best old school hip hop rap cover band full of white boys doing 90′s rap and Hairbanger’s – 80′s metal cover band you’ll rock out with your c-cks out… We hope not!  This is NOT to miss fest with a lot of flavor.  Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday,11 am to 10 pm Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm 3100 N. Ashland Avenue in Chicago

5/21 Campfire Ball at Venue One - Support such a great cause and another Invest For Kids recipient One Step At A Time programs!  This is one of our favorite events of the year! Every year it simply rules! Help send children with cancer to camp to heal, to grow and to play at the Campfire Ball. This is a truly life changing organization, one you should really support!

More info: Get ready for summer camp with an urban twist. Come support One Step At A Time camps for kids with cancer at Campfire Ball 2011. Venue One is our spot, Cork and Theory will be serving up inventive cocktails and camp-themed favorite foods all night long. Hot DJs will be rocking the house, and there will be plenty of opportunities to support the kids through awesome silent auction items, raffles and more.  It’s all the fun without the curfew.
The event will feature special guest appearances by former All-Pro NFL star and Chicago Bear Jerry Azumah and The Score’s Dan Bernstein (WSCR-AM). Emceeing the event is Nina Chantele of 103.5 KISS-FM and 107.5 WGCI-FM. Reserve your tickets today at  $75 per ticket/$100 at the door

5/21 Wine Riot Chicago 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Chicago | Great Hall at Union Station

Union Sushi & BBQ Bar Opens With A Bang

RedHot Midnight Kiss

Food Mafia Launch Video

Donuts Are The New Cupcakes

BaconFest 2011 = Delicious DIRT

Delicious DIRT at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon

5/17 Midwestern beers will be highlighted during a Founders Brewing Company tasting at The Publican during regular dinner service. The cost is $25 and includes three small plates. The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-733-9555.

5/17 Head to W Hotels of Chicago Lakeshore to welcome Authors Marie Moss (Turnpike Exit 11) and Barri Leiner Grant (Parkway Exit 109) of JERSEY GIRLS: The Fierce and the Fabulous on Tuesday, May 17th from 6pm – 8pm for their exclusive launch and book signing.

Delicious DIRT. Event Alert.

Primo is Primo. RedHot Midnight Kiss


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Delicious DIRT. Events to Benefit Sit Stay READ!

Inside: Sit Stay Read, Stimulus Social Club, District Bar, unGeeked Elite Retreat, University Center Conference Chicago, Chris Brogan

Elevate Your Presence HIGHLY recommends two upcoming events.  Both benefit a remarkable non profit —>> Sit Stay Read.

We ♥ ♥ ♥ animals! Support Sit Stay Read, a non-profit close to Elevate Your Presence‘s heart!  Get INVOLVED. See firsthand how bringing dogs into schools ELEVATES life for these wonderful kids. More info below…

5/4 5:30-9pm  DO NOT MISS Stimulus Social Club’s monthly event! @ District Bar benefiting SSR! Complimentary appetizers are from 6-7PM + 1 Drink!  $10 Cash donation at the door – This month’s beneficiary is near and dear to The DIRT Team– Sit Stay Read. 170 West Ontario Street

Sit Stay Read

5/12-14  The unGeeked Elite Retreat in Chicago is proud to host our event at University Center Conference ChicagoAn event right up our alley! #unGeeked presents inat’l, nat’l and regional consultants, leaders and NYT best sellers.  This 3 day conference and one of a kind national event is donating all money from the #RoastBrogan unGeeked Celebrity Roast to Sit Stay Read. Sit Stay Read works to help children become better readers and young authors.  525 S. State Street For More INFO click here. Stay tuned to DD for more info as well! Chris Brogan RULES!  If you don’t know him… you should! $50. More info here for this specific roast.




Elevate Your Presence HEARTS Takashi and this time he’s done it again!  This is a food porn event you won’t want to miss.

Takashi Yagihashi, Photo Courtesy of Facebook

4/18 Join some of Chicago’s most talented & giving chefs on Monday, April 18 at Takashi as they come together, raising funds to provide assistance to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan on March 11.

Monday, April 18 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Six courses, $200 – $250+ per person, inclusive of wine, tax and gratuity. All proceeds benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Takashi Cuisine, Courtesy of Facebook

Participating Chefs

Jimmy Bannos, Sr.- Heaven on Seven
Jimmy Bannos, Jr.- Purple Pig
George Bumbaris- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Sebastian Canonne- French Pastry School
John Hogan- Keefer’s
Paul Kahan- Blackbird
Bill Kim- Urban Belly, Belly Shack
Tony Mantuano- Spiaggia
Mindy Segal- Hot Chocolate
Sarah Stegner- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Paul Virant- Vie, Perennial Virant
Dean Zanella- Rhapsody
Takashi Yagihashi- Takashi

All Proceeds Go To Red Cross

Event Juice

  • On Monday, April 18, chefs from across Chicago will join forces to prepare a spectacular six-course meal at Takashi restaurant. This is a case where too many cooks in the kitchen is a good thing – so many chefs are donating their skills that many will be acting as servers on what will surely be a one-of-a- kind evening. The restaurant will be open at 5:00 p.m., with the last seating at 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 773- 772-6170 and 100% of the funds raised go directly to disaster relief.
  • Seating between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. & at 10:00 p.m.: $200 minimum Seating between 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: $250 minimum Price is inclusive of dinner, wine, tax & gratuity

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