Common Threads' Third Annual World Festival

Common Thread's Third Annual World Festival
March 10, 2008 10:21:06 AM PDT
Enjoy dinner with Paula Deen, Rocco DiSpirito, and Padma Lakshmi. They'll be joining dozens of celebrity chefs at Common Thread's Third Annual World Festival on Monday, March 17 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. You'll be able to taste and celebrate world culture with top chefs from Chicago and around the county. Sample cuisine, sip cocktails, watch performances highlighting countries around the globe, and bid on exciting silent and live auction items to benefit the Chicago-base children's charity, Common Threads.The annual event takes place the Monday of the Housewares Show, in order to bring national celebrities who serve on the Chef Advisory Board to the festival. his year's festival is co-chaired by Greg Cameron, Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Amanda Puck, Vice President of Public Relations for XA, The Experiential Agency. Padma Lakshmi of Bravo's acclaimed Top Chef will serve as the honorary chair and mistress of ceremonies.

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

Download Common Thread World Festival recipes featured on ABC7 News at 11 a.m. (Word document)

Common Threads' World Festival

Monday, March 17

Museum of Contemporary Art