Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Foodies create for good cause

A benefit for the Advocates features edibles


By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer

Zucchini Fish in Aspic created by Heater Bryant from a previous Food is Art event. Photo by Magic Photography.

Consider living out your fantasy with food, dinners and a table to die for. ?Food is Art? is being presented Monday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum.

The evening is a benefit for The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence?s children?s programs and services.

Based in Hailey, The Advocates run a domestic violence shelter and related prevention programs, a child care center and a thrift store.

To drum up particiaption, The Advocates put out a ?call to chefs to create something wonderful for our community to view,? Co-chair Joanie Whitcomb said. ?And Gail Severn generously donated her gallery space to showcase these ?works of art.??

So, what?s that tree doing on table, one might ask. At the gala event a fantasy table, done in a woodland theme, will be auctioned off. The lucky high bidder will receive all the donated tableware, china, glassware and decorations as well as a vintner style dinner donated by Judith McQueen Entertaining and the Advocates. The table top items are being underwritten by the Ketchum stores Bellissimo, Antiques & Country Pine, Picket Fence, Lyman Drake and Judith McQueen Entertaining.

There are other dinners that will be equally inspiring and auctioned off, each created in a unique style by a surprise guest chef and served at the home of a donor for 10 people.

These dinners will be held in three private homes on mutually agreed upon night. Consider a dinner at Chris Haugh?s Tuscan inspired home for an Italian fête or a fusion dinner at Benjamin and Theresa (Castalino) Wood?s home in Gimlet, where there are oriental touches throughout. Or one could bid on the Wild West dinner at Sandy and Jim Figge?s home, in a recently restored barn at Z Heart Ranch.

But the highlight of the evening?s fun will be the exhibit of food in the guise of art. More than 25 chefs are creating fun and fabulous items for the guests? visual pleasure.

The rules are simple, McQueen said. ?They must be submitted by a professional chef, must be related to food, it needs to hold for five hours and doesn?t have to be edible as no one will taste it.?

Some of the favorites from the 2000 Food is Art included a chocolate (and wearable) bustier by Mary Jones of Chocolate Mousse, an alien landing by Chris Kastner of CK?s, a lake scene with swan cream puffs by Daniel Patrick at Il Naso and an Atlantic City Boardwalk from Grumpy?s, which was won the People?s Choice. The boardwalk was made of French Fries and a Ferris wheel, which did go around, was constructed from corn dogs.

There are also winners for most whimsical and most elegant. Attendees vote on their favorites by ballot system.

?It?s all going to be very creative and very fun,? McQueen said. ?Someone asked me what are the limitations? None!?

Alain Gilot of Bistro 44 is donating wine and hors d?oeuvres, which are edible. Mountain Fresh Produce is also donating comestibles. Many area florists are donating arrangements for the evening, which will be raffled off at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $35 and are available at Bellissimo or Legacy Antiques in Ketchum, Christopher & Co. in Hailey, online at food_is_art@hotmail.com, or by calling 788-4191 or at the door Monday evening.




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