September 30 is Art Smith Day in Chicago!


To help celebrate Art Smith’s induction into the Chicago Culinary Museum’s Chefs Hall of Fame, Mayor Richard Daley has declared September 30 as Art Smith Day. The author and restaurateur has had a hell of a few months, whether getting married or landing a spot on a TV show. This looks to be the icing on the cake. We’re not actually sure what this honor will entail, but it sounds awfully official. We can’t think of anything else to say except just a simple congrats. Well done chef. Check out the full press release below.

In an official Mayoral Proclamation, dated June 24, 2010, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley states:

“WHEREAS, an award winning author, expert instructor and beloved media personality, Chef Art Smith brings a warm heart, generous spirit and infectious enthusiasm to all of his endeavors; and

WHEREAS, in 1993, Chef Smith founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance; and

WHEREAS, in 2007, Chef Smith was named Chicagoan of Year by Chicago magazine and Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation; and

WHEREAS, by sharing his efforts to combat adult-onset diabetes by changing his eating habits and lifestyle, Chef Smith has inspired many to take charge of their own health; and

WHEREAS, Chef Smith is the executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two and Art and Soul restaurants; and

WHEREAS, Chef Smith will be inducted into the Chicago Culinary Museum’s Chefs Hall of Fame at a Gala Fundraiser on September 30, 2010:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD M. DALEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2010, to be CHEF ART SMITH DAY IN CHICAGO, and encourage all Chicagoans to recognize his culinary skill and outstanding contributions to our city’s position as one of the world’s premiere dining and hospitality destinations.”

Tickets for the event, featuring a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 pm with a full martini bar, silent auction, awards presentation at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00 are $175 per person and $200 at the door, if available. Tickets may be purchased by calling or emailing Carmella Anello of the Chefs Hall of Fame at 630-505-5381 or
September 30 is Art Smith Day in Chicago!