World Festival celebrates food and how it teaches us about the world around us. Guests will experience traditions practiced all around the globe such as: The Chinese dragon dance, Indian henna tattoo art, a Japanese tea ceremony, Mariachi and Korean Drumming.
Festival guests will be treated to global delicacies by renowned chefs including founder Art Smith, TABLE fifty-two; David Burke, David Burke's Primehouse; Tom Colicchio, Craft; Gale Gand, Tru; Ken Oringer; Clio; Marcus Samuelsson, C-House; Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolates; Rocco DiSpirito and Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger.
There also will be a VIP reception before dinner where you'll enjoy an atmosphere of splendor and romance inspired by imperial Moscow. Sample savory nouveau-Russian specialties and relish both the exotic caviar and Belvedere vodka bars. Later, treat yourself to 'Sugar,' our exclusive Chef after-party at The James Hotel, hosted by Paula Deen of The Lady & Sons restaurant, with a special performance by Grammy Award winner John Legend.
Common Threads, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2003 by Art Smith, personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. The organization employs cooking and the arts to teach children cultural diversity, nutrition and personal well-being. Through partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Children's Memorial Hospital and Gallery 37, Common Threads teaches children in some of Chicago's most underserved neighborhoods at five locations throughout the city.
"The World Festival event exemplifies the purpose and mission of Common Threads, which is to enable children to learn about their own culture as well as the cultures of their peers through programs in cooking, gardening, music and dance," says executive director Linda Novick O'Keefe.
General admission tickets are $250; VIP package, which includes the preview receptions and post-party are $500. For tickets and more information, call 312.752.2692 or visit www.ourcommonthreads.org.
Common Threads' World Festival
Monday, March 17
Museum of Contemporary Art