Slideshow: Check Out the Inaugural Fete Chicago


“Every third person has hornrim glasses,” said our 14-year-old, who has recently become a sociologist of degrees of hipsterism (and got hornrim glasses a couple of weeks ago). That’s as good a summary as any of Fete Chicago’s inaugural event, put together with the keen instincts for the urban food enthusiast audience that cofounders Heather Sperling, Emily Fiffer and Jessica Herman honed during their time attracting top-flight artisanal food makers to Dose Market. From Allie Levitt’s migas bark ("No one cares about me tonight,” Rob Levitt laughed) to a peppermint candy pie from Bang Bang Pie Co., there was a dazzling array of foodstuffs on offer, along with holiday gifts to choose from. And Sperling says the next Fete, in the spring, will expand into the same building’s second floor, where food photographer Stephen Hamilton (Who’s Hungry? magazine) has his studio with two complete kitchens— so there will be more in the way of pop-up dining next time. But perhaps the coolest thing was a bus out front— the Fresh Moves bus, which basically packs an entire farmer’s market into a standard CTA bus to serve food deserts. Part of the proceeds from last night’s event went to benefit Fresh Moves; see what was on offer last night, and which of your favorite chefs were there, in our slideshow below.