Some Art with Your Food

April 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

One of the best reasons we eat local is that it helps add meaning.  An egg from a chicken living on pasture, pecking away does taste better.  In the same vein, adding the visual power of art to your meal adds meaning and makes it taste better.  One of our favorite restaurants, Blackbird, has been doing a Salon Series of art and dinner.  Priced over $100 per person, the Blackbird events may be out of the range of aspiring art-food fans.  So instead, think of another Salon Series being offered by the bar, Bluebird.  Information about their series, costing $40 per person is below.

Last fall, the Bluebird, unveiled “The Bluebird Salon Series: Picture This Like This” with artists Mary Livoni and John Coyle Steinbrunner for four evenings of food, beverages, art and lively timely discussions. The event was such a success that two more evenings were added to meet the demand. Leslie Baum launched the 2010 series. Her exhibit included number of paintings inspired by her travels in Southeast Asia.

Alex Menocal follows to debut his new large-scale geometric drawings. Menocal will create a different tape installation for each event. Participants of the series will get a sense of what Menocal could create in their home.

The series will take place at Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Ave. starting at 7 p.m. with aperitifs. At $40 per person, individuals will receive a night of family-style food and wine pairings, and a short presentation from Tom MacDonald, owner of Bluebird. John Coyle Steinbrunner will moderate the lively discussion.

Each night will follow the following schedule: 
7:00-7:30 – mingling and aperitifs
, 7:30-8:15 – shared dinner
, 8:15-9:00 – artist discussions, 
9:00 – floor opens to a public discussion.

“It’s not a dissection or illustration of the work, but a lively, honest and engaged talk about how art works in the world,” stated John Coyle Steinbrunner.

The Salon Series was inspired by the fashionable gatherings of 17th Century France and motivated by the current recession and how we communicate today. Intellectuals, artists and social luminaries would gather to discuss topics of culture, politics and art. To recreate that intimate community and step away from Facebook, YouTube, texting and email, the Salon Series was formed. In addition, the current recession forced artists to find new ways to present their art and wines and food to a cost-conscious audience. The result is a lively and engaging discussion about art, food, politics over a good meal with interesting people.

“Through this series, The Bluebird becomes more than just another bar on a street of bars. It introduces and promotes Chicago’s cultural production, and it’s a way for the artists to directly engage their audiences, to put a voice behind the work,” explains Tom MacDonald.

April 11: Alex Menocal (painter)

June 6: Doug Fogelson (photographer)
June 13: Doug Fogelson

June 27: Bladon Conner (furniture designer)
July 11: Bladon Conner
July 25: Bladon Conner