Come and celebrate the outstanding talent and diversity of Seattle’s Black culinary community at CD Forum’s 2010 Food as Art at Bell Harbor on Saturday, April 10, with a VIP reception starting at 6:00 and dinner and the auction taking place from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Presented by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum) as its primary fundraiser, 2010 Food as Art at Bell Harbor showcases 14 accomplished local Black Executive Chefs and Restaurateurs serving up an elegant evening of food, wine, auctions, and dancing at Seattle’s Bell Harbor International Promenade.
According to the press release, “Consistent with CD Forum’s mission to challenge the definition of what it means to be Black, the spectacular menu features not only the soul-warming Southern cooking historically associated with Black chefs, but a wide array of culinary perspectives, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, French, Vegan, African, Spanish, and Italian.”
“The CD Forum is at the forefront of engaging Blacks and Seattle at-large, through the humanities and performing arts,” said Kumani Gantt, CD Forum Executive Director, “and Food as Art is no exception. It’s a celebration of Seattle’s wonderful culinary talent and true to the CD Forum’s vision to challenge assumptions about Black culture, our chefs present a diverse array of culinary perspectives.”
Food as Art generates nearly $100,000 each year for the CD Forum, a hefty percentage of the organization’s modest operating budget. The proceeds from this event expand CD Forum’s ability to offer inspirational performing arts, readings, lectures, and discussions about the Black experience in America.
Curated by Andaluca’s renowned Executive Chef Wayne Johnson to ensure a wonderfully balanced culinary experience, the 2010 Food as Art lineup includes a pair of “Iron Chefs” as featured on the Food Network – Campagne Executive Chef Daisley Gordon and Osteria La Spiga Executive Chef Sabrina Tinsley.
In addition, featured dishes/cuisines include vegan by Makini Howell (Plum Bistro and Sage Café), Brazilian by Graça Ribeiro (Tempero do Brasil), Caribbean by Theo Martin (Island Soul), Pan-African by Mulugeta Abate (Pan Africa Market), along with several more outstanding chefs.
2010 Food as Art at Bell Harbor also features two guest chefs from the Culinary Wonders USA program, which cultivates minorities in the culinary arts fields. This year’s guest chefs are Erika Davis from The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Florida, and Shawn Lightfoot from Liquid Lounge and Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
During the opening VIP reception, Donna Moodie (marjorie) will provide appetizers and cocktails will be conjured up by mixologist David Nelson (Tavern Law). Later in the evening guests can look forward to a special dessert auction is being crafted by executive pastry chef Sachia Tinsley of Wild Ginger, tea samplings by Tea Maven Tracy Knight Shafer of T(ea) Gallery, and coffee generously provided by Coffee Rwanda.
Tickets cost $125 per person for general admission; $175 per person for VIP tickets, and must be purchased by April 2. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling 206.323.4032, ext. 116. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Click on these links for a full list of participating chefs and a complete menu of the evening’s dishes, or for additional information about 2010 Food as Art at Bell Harbor.