Art and Appetite

If you haven't had a chance to catch the Art Institute of Chicago's latest exhibit - Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine - now's your chance. Featuring over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, as well as a selection of period cookbooks, menus, and posters, this engaging exhibit invites readers to explore the history of American cuisine via the visual arts. Enjoy Art and Appetite at the Art Institute before it leaves town two weeks from today on January 27th with these three tips.

Embrace your inner artist and paint an exhibit inspired canvas while you nosh on food inspired by Art and Appetite. On Thursday January 16th, from 6 - 8:30pm, Bottle & Bottega and The Art Institute of Chicago will host a paint and wine party at Scoozi! Paint your own version of Wrapped Oranges by William J. McCloskey while tasting a selection of red and white wines, antipasti and fresh, coal-oven pizzas. Your $45 ticket includes a glass of wine, an assortment of housemade pizza & antipasti, art supplies, artist instruction and a 16x20 take-home canvas.Click here for reservations.

Art and Appetite

Celebrate tattoo art and appetite, as well as the launch of a new cookbook, at Atwood Cafe on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4pm (seated dinner at 5pm). Executive Chef Derek Simcik will welcome two acclaimed local chefs – whose tattoos, recipes and stories are documented in the book Eat Ink, a profile of 60 notable tattooed chefs from across the country. The evening will kick-off with a welcome reception featuring Mouton Noir Wines, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the three chefs and Eat Ink photographer, Daniel Luke Holton. Afterwards, you'll sit down to a five-course whole lamb and wine dinner. Your $80 ticket includes food, wine, and a copy of Eat Ink. For reservations, call 312-368-1900

See the Art Institute of Chicago in a new light - After Dark - when you join the Evening Associates for a late night tour of Art and Appetite. Afterwards, rock out to DJs and performances by Collaboraction theater company. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets start at $20 and you can buy them online here