"Love" is the name of Art Smith's food game. (photo via www.chefartsmith.net)
If you fell in love with Art Smith on "Top Chef Masters" (how could you not?), here's how to find your way into his heart: support his charity.
Common Threads, which seeks to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking, is having its first-ever World Cookout on Thursday, September 17 at Fulton's on the River (6:30-9:30 p.m.). Several Chicago-area chefs will come together for this fundraiser, including Stephanie Izard (The Drunken Goat), Bill Kim (Urban Belly), Rodelio Abilgot (Sunda), Gale Gand (TRU), Giuseppe Tentori (Boka), Toni Roberts (C-House) and others.
Tickets are $75 apiece, or $150 for a VIP package including a pre-party at 5:30 p.m. (with Bacardi Dragon Berry cocktails, beer and wine plus food from Cafe Spiaggia's Sarah Grueneberg) and an after-party at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap (with beer, wine and BBQ food). Get 'em here.