Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Tasteful Pursuit Dons a Few Stars

Paul has his star and isn't slowing down via RIA.

Hi Chicago, had enough of the Michelin Man yet?

I kind of laughed at myself today because at one point, when reading all the responses and comments and opinions on this morning's Michelin star announcements became too much, I had to walk away from the computer—which is when I had a thought back to when I first had heard of the Michelin Guide, years ago. I remember thinking, oh, that must be some distinguished French society of chefs and gourmands. Cool. But of course, that's not really it. I mean, the first time you saw the cover of the guide didn't you think, humph, what the heck is the tire guy doing on a food guide?

Because, really, what the heck is a tire guy doing on the cover of a food guide?

But that's the point. This little guide has tipped this city on its fork-wielding head, and its endured the silly branding of the tire guy to still remain the most respected and sought after measure of fine dining in the world.

And that's why it's kind of exciting to say that Share Our Strength will host one of the first collaborative food events featuring multiple Chicago Michelin star winning chefs: A Tasteful Pursuit. Pretty cool that a sentence like that can be written for the first time in this day and age, huh?

And the kicker? We still have a few seats open for the event.

Here's the lineup...

Newly starred Chef Tony Mantuano via Spiaggia.

— Chicago Michelin Star recipients —

Host: Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Terzo Piano)

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Sarah Grueneberg, Executive Chef (Spiaggia)

Paul Kahan, (Blackbird, avec, The Publican)

Megan Neubeck, Pastry Chef (Terzo Piano)

Takashi Yagahashi (Takashi)

— joined by celebrated guest chef —

Mark Vetri, (Vetri—Philadelphia)

The dinner will be held at Spiaggia, with a welcome reception beginning promptly at 6pm—with both silent and live auction items present.

So get your tickets—their value just sky rocketed with the bragging rights that come with eating one of the first dinners featuring these Michelin rock stars. Buy them here.

And while you're at it, take the No Kid Hungry pledge, too. After all, Jeff Bridges did it—and if the Dude is on board, we all should be on board...

See you tomorrow.