James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek Soiree

Amazing! A beautiful dress created with licorice, caramelized popcorn, and marshmallow discs. Designed by Amanda Abbott.

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

L to R: Obi Nwazota, owner of Orange Skin and Ieva Kasemira, creative project manager.

 

The city is super excited for the James Beard Awards, returning to Chicago for the second year in a row Monday, May 2, 2016. In anticipation of the official gala, Modern Luxury spearheaded a foodie fest last week that included some of Chicago’s top chefs and influencers. Hosted at Venue One in the West Loop, rows of inspired dish after dish, cocktails, music, and live art installments set an impressive scene.

This event was open to the public, but tickets sold like hot cakes. If you weren’t there, here’s what you missed from the James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek Soiree — in almost 30 photos.

All photos taken by Kari Herrera of Chicagoings.com.

 

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

A hat created with gumpaste flowers, candied lemon, kumquat, eggplant, finger chilli, candied orange, bubble sugar, chives, and flower wire. Designed by Washburne Culinary Institute.

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek Soiree

L to R: Alex Singer, -, Dan Matarelli, Kelsey ZimmermanJames Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek Soiree

L to R: Tahiti Spears- Fitzpatrick, Dee Choudhary, Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff

L to R: Tahiti Spears- Fitzpatrick, Dee Choudhary, Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff

James Beard Awars Sneak Peek

Food blogger Mina Im of ChicagoFoodGirl.com (R) and friend

James Beard Awards Chicago

Kristine Steiner

Kristine Steiner, the creator of amazingly fashionable food illustrations.

James Beard Awards Sneak Peek

Scarf created using macaroons and baked merengue. Designed by Washburne Culinary Institute.

Ali Cantarella

Wine stain piece painted during the party by Ali Cantarella using Beringer Wines.

James Beard Chicago

James Beard Chicago

James Beard Chicago

L to R: Mike Paradiso and Olivia Matongo

James Beard Eats Week

James Beard Awards

L to R: Sarah Fishman, stylist and Dr. Joanna Slusky

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

Drinks crafted using CH liquors.

James Beard Eats Weeks Sneak Peek

Chicagoings Kari Herrera James Beard Sneek Peek (1 of 1)-17

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

Donuts by Firecakes.James Beard Eats Week Sneak Peek

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L to R: Natalie Berberet and Kathryn Berberet

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