Photos: Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food Fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery, 7.25.09

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Chefs and artists gathered Friday night at Mad Art Gallery in Soulard for the Art of Food fundraiser, benefiting both Slow Food St. Louis and Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture. Photographer Stew Smith was there and has these photos.

Stephen Kovac of Winslow's Home shows off garlic-rubbed Benne's Best smoked chicken with Winslow's Home and Farm red onion-jalapeño jam on toasted 222 Artisan Bakery baguette. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Stephen Kovac of Winslow's Home shows off garlic-rubbed Benne's Best smoked chicken with Winslow's Home and Farm red onion-jalapeño jam on toasted 222 Artisan Bakery baguette.

Gerard Craft of Niche featured spicy pork meatballs. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Gerard Craft of Niche featured spicy pork meatballs.

Steve Gontram (right) of Harvest featured two dishes: 1. Missouri grass-fed oxtail barley with peppered ahi tuna and a roasted sweet red pepper emulsion, and 2. warmed Companion brioche bread pudding with bourbon-currant sauce and vanilla whipped cream - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Steve Gontram (right) of Harvest featured two dishes: 1. Missouri grass-fed oxtail barley with peppered ahi tuna and a roasted sweet red pepper emulsion, and 2. warmed Companion brioche bread pudding with bourbon-currant sauce and vanilla whipped cream

Josh Galliano of Monarch with his dish: Root Cellar and Hannaway Farms' tomato terrine, whipped balsamic, Goatsbeard chèvre, crème fraîche and black olive oil. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Josh Galliano of Monarch with his dish: Root Cellar and Hannaway Farms' tomato terrine, whipped balsamic, Goatsbeard chèvre, crème fraîche and black olive oil.
David Lewis of the Mad Art Gallery with citrus-cured Troutdale Farm trout with Baetje goat cheese, fresh Claverach Farm cucumber-pickled ginger chutney and radish shoots on a black-mustard-seed cracker. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • David Lewis of the Mad Art Gallery with citrus-cured Troutdale Farm trout with Baetje goat cheese, fresh Claverach Farm cucumber-pickled ginger chutney and radish shoots on a black-mustard-seed cracker.
Beckie Jacobs and her team from Serendipity Ice Cream. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Beckie Jacobs and her team from Serendipity Ice Cream.
Kakao Chocolate's homemade marshmallow pies with chocolate and pecans. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Kakao Chocolate's homemade marshmallow pies with chocolate and pecans.
Clara Moore from Local Harvest Cafe, holding Local Harvest Cafe & Centennial Farms tomato-confit flatbread with Heartland Creamery goat cheese and pesto. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Clara Moore from Local Harvest Cafe, holding Local Harvest Cafe & Centennial Farms tomato-confit flatbread with Heartland Creamery goat cheese and pesto.
Lou Rook III and his staff from Annie Gunn's with roasted Prairie Grass Farms leg of lamb on grilled Companion bread with local peaches, Goatsbeard Farm chèvre and caramelized candy onions. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Lou Rook III and his staff from Annie Gunn's with roasted Prairie Grass Farms leg of lamb on grilled Companion bread with local peaches, Goatsbeard Farm chèvre and caramelized candy onions.
The Mad Art Gallery courtyard. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • The Mad Art Gallery courtyard.
Mark Curran of Araka serves local watermelon gazpacho with sweet yellow corn, rock shrimp and housemade fresh corn tortillas. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Mark Curran of Araka serves local watermelon gazpacho with sweet yellow corn, rock shrimp and housemade fresh corn tortillas.
Attendees were not the only ones to sample the food. The chefs took breaks to sample food and talk cuisine with other members of the cooking community. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Attendees were not the only ones to sample the food. The chefs took breaks to sample food and talk cuisine with other members of the cooking community.
Josh Gallano of Monarch prepares some more of his dish. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Josh Gallano of Monarch prepares some more of his dish.
Chef Clara Moore from Local Harvest Cafe discusses her dish. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Chef Clara Moore from Local Harvest Cafe discusses her dish.
Kevin Nashan (right) plates his dish -- EIEIO Acres goat sliders with pickled St. Isidore Farms eggplant, arugula and curry aioli on a housemade sesame bun -- as fast as he can but is still unable to keep more than three on the presentation dish at a time. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Kevin Nashan (right) plates his dish -- EIEIO Acres goat sliders with pickled St. Isidore Farms eggplant, arugula and curry aioli on a housemade sesame bun -- as fast as he can but is still unable to keep more than three on the presentation dish at a time.
Cary McDowell (far left) -- formerly of Revival, now of Clarksville Station -- discusses the nuances of Overlook Farm's dish: Vesterbrook Farm lamb rillets with Overlook Farm garden greens & chopped duck eggs. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Cary McDowell (far left) -- formerly of Revival, now of Clarksville Station -- discusses the nuances of Overlook Farm's dish: Vesterbrook Farm lamb rillets with Overlook Farm garden greens & chopped duck eggs.
Kevin Willmann of Erato on Main in Edwardsville and his assistants pose for a photo. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • Kevin Willmann of Erato on Main in Edwardsville and his assistants pose for a photo.
Up for sale were paintings, sculptures and photographs. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
  • Photo: Stew Smith
  • Up for sale were paintings, sculptures and photographs.
The Art of Food also held a silent auction where attendees could bid on gift baskets. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
  • Photo: Stew Smith
  • The Art of Food also held a silent auction where attendees could bid on gift baskets.
More bidding on gift baskets at the Art of Food. - PHOTO: STEW SMITH
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  • More bidding on gift baskets at the Art of Food.

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