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Starving Artist 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

One of Chicago's most eclectic and popular events, Starving Artist pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent for a night that will delight your senses and help raise funds for Chicago Artists Coalition. 

This year, guests can expect incredible installations by LuftwerkDiana Gabriel, Alexandra NoeEdyta Stepien, flavorful bites courtesy of Chef Matthias Merges of Yusho and Chef Johnny Anderes of Telegraph and Reno, and Chef Chris Pandel of Bristol and Balena and Sieger Bayer of Leghorn and mouth watering cocktails by Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, J.R. Robinson of Telegraph and Jason Brown of Kinmont. Artists and chefs will work collaboratively to create immersive environments filled with food, art and mixology. The evening will include spontaneous performances, DJ entertainment by DJ Victor Carreon, delicious cocktails, wine, beer and enough sweet treats to send you to the dentist. 

Thank you to Das Caramels, Gary Poppins Popcorn, Tate's Cookies and Vosges Haut Chocolat for their partnership. 


  • $200 Early Bird price (before May 30)
  • $250 Regular Price (after May 30)

Check this page frequently for updates on participating chefs, artists and other news. 

All proceeds benefit our mission and programs for local artists. A portion of ticket sales also directly funds the annual Maker Grant. 

"As government endowments for the arts continue to be depleted, it’s important to find and support organizations that foster creativity, CAC is one of the few left that does this wholeheartedly.  Chicago chefs and restaurants can learn a lot and benefit by partnering with the CAC community.”
— Chef Jared Van Camp, Nellcote

View a video from last year's event HERE

Big thank you to this year's stellar host committee. 

Event Co-Chairs: Olga Markoff and Lesley Prizant Goodman

Event Committee: Todd Kempton, Franco LaMarca, Elizabeth von Peterffy, Jeffrey Shapack, Claire Wexler, and Mark Yee

Past Starving Artist Galas

Interested in sponsoring Starving Artist? Email Alexis Nido-Russo, Community Partnerships Manager, at