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March 17, 2009 at 6:40 AM

“Food as Art” showcases Seattle’s African-American chefs and restaurateurs

Let’s talk, say the movers and shakers behind the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. Let’s exchange ideas, encourage debate and along the way challenge our assumptions about African-American culture. The CD Forum does just that by sponsoring African-American literary, musical, theatrical and other cultural events, bringing national and international artists to Seattle throughout the year. You can show your support by attending Food as Art, the annual gala fundraiser held April 18 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, when people of every color can celebrate the high-wattage talent generated in our own African-American culinary community.

Here’s looking at you, Daisley!

In addition to Daisley Gordon, chef-exec at Campagne and Cafe Campagne (seen smiling above), this year’s line-up includes Debbie Hatfield (Absolutely Cookin’); Wayne Johnson (Andaluca), Makini Howell (Hillside Quickies Cafe); Richard Dwyer (Casuelita’s); Theo Martin (Island Soul); Harold Fields (Golf Club at Newcastle), Sabrina and Trisha Tinsley (Osteria La Spiga); Mulugeta Abate (Pan Africa Market); Patric Gabre-Kidan (Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives); Tracy Knight Shafer (The Tea Gallery); Antoine Calloway (Seattle Tennis Club); Chef Amadeus (Sessions with Chef Amadeus); Michael King (St. Clouds); and Sachia Tinsley (Wild Ginger).

Tickets are $125 and available by phone (800-838-3006) or online from Brown Paper Tickets. For more insight about “Food as Art,” courtesy of the CD Forum’s founder and several of the chefs and restaurateurs who’ve helped it evolve along the way, read what I wrote in this archived column.

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