On behalf of the Spence Farm Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our selfless volunteers, esteemed chefs, and our wonderful guests. Through your generosity, this year’s Harvest Feast was a success!!! Being part of such a great community is what makes this event so successful; for that, we are eternally grateful and humbled by your support.
All proceeds benefit Spence Farm Foundation’s ground-breaking food system education programs for culinary and healthcare professionals.
Featuring these acclaimed chefs
Dustin Allen Edge, Peoria
Ashlee Aubin Wood and Salero, Chicago
Chrissy Camba Maddy’s Dumpling House, Chicago
Meg Galus BOKA and Swift & Sons, Chicago
Sarah Grueneberg Monteverde, Chicago
Ken Myszka Epiphany Farms Restaurant, Bloomington
Tony Quartaro Dixie’s, Chicago
Art Smith Chicago q and Blue Door Kitchen and Garden, Chicago
Greg Wade Publican Quality Bread, Chicago
Bill Walker Green Zebra, Chicago
Rey Villalobos Chicago q and Blue Door Kitchen & Garden, Chicago
Guest Chef TBA Girl & the Goat, Chicago
About Art Smith
Art Smith is a critically acclaimed celebrity chef and co-owner of the highly successful restaurants Art and Soul in Washington D.C., Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, 1500 South at the Naples Bay Resort and opening this summer: Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and Blue Door Kitchen & Garden in Chicago’s Gold Coast.
Smith, who was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2007 by the James Beard Foundation, has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities and most powerful dignitaries including Morgan Freeman, Demi Lovato, First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President W. George Bush and His Royal Highness Prince Harry. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted more than a decade. Since then, he has authored three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families and Back to Family. Most recently, he has made several television appearances including ABC’s Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special, Top Chef and served as a judge for BBQ Pitmasters.
Smith is also the founder of Common Threads, a non-profit organization teaching low-income children about the importance of wholesome and affordable meals through the introduction to fresh foods and hands-on cooking classes. In 2015, Smith launched a non-profit organization, Reunion, as well as Florida Garden and Kitchen School located in Madison, Florida, near his childhood home in Jasper, Florida. Housed in the historic Wardlaw-Smith House, Reunion provides free classes on southern cooking traditions, horticulture, and weather forecasting via Weather Stem systems.
We are deeply grateful to these fine sponsors!
Honey Board • OSF • TJ’s Poultry
Dimond Bros. Insurance • Illinois Stewardship Alliance • Kilgus Farmstead
Bank of Forrest • Dave’s Supermarket • Living Waters Farms • Munz-Hermes Insurance • Niemann Foods
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