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This Weekend: Mainstrasse Mardi Gras & Carnegie's Art of Food

Carnegie hosts 8th annual Art of Food

Celebrating all that is mouthwatering and succulent, art and food mix once again to create a smorgasbord for the eyes and the taste buds as The Carnegie hosts the opening reception for the eighth annual Art of Food exhibition on Friday from 6 - 9 p.m.

Popular with gourmands and art enthusiasts, this annual exhibition presents the always powerful impact of art and food as demonstrated by the culinary-inspired creations of local artists and top chefs from Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

“The Art of Food is my absolute favorite event of the year,” said Katie Brass, Executive Director of The Carnegie.  “Whether you find yourself captivated by a fabulous piece of art, getting bold and trying something you have never eaten before (we’ve had rabbit, alligator and even boar!) or find yourself inspired by a chef or a new friend, attendees are sure to have one of the most memorable nights of their year.”

The opening reception for The Art of Food will take place in The Carnegie Galleries. During the opening, attendees can sample edible creations from nearly twenty local restaurants while perusing the food-inspired artistic works by a wide range of artists. Attendees can hone their “Unbirthday” skills with the exhibition’s focal point, a Mad Hatter-themed dinner party designed by Pam Kravetz that will feature sculpture, tableware, and video projections.

“This year’s Art of Food will be as robust as ever with the Pam Kravetz-orchestrated central installation setting the festive tone,” said Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie. “Video projections, paintings and sculptural installations will highlight the social aspects of food and drink while models and artists interact with guests in Mad Hatter inspired attire.”

Cost to attend The Art of Food opening reception is $25 for Carnegie Members and $40 non-members, in advance; $35 for Carnegie Members and $50 for non-members, at the door.  More than 600 guests are expected to attend the opening.

Tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, Noon - 5 p.m., online at, or by phone at (859) 957-1940. Admission to view the artwork on display in The Art of Food is FREE after opening night and open to the public through Sunday, March 16, 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, noon - 5 p.m.
Featured Culinary Artists and Restaurants
Alfio’s, Chef Alfio Gulisano
Chocolates Latour, Chef Shalini Latour
Coffee Emporium, Tony Tausch
Cup Cake Crazy, Chef Lisa Ebbert
Eat Well Celebration and Feasts, Chef Renee Schuler
Fireside Pizza, Chef Mike Marschman
Fresh Table, Chef Meredith Trombly
Jean-Robert’s Table, Chef Jean-Robert deCavel
Jeff Thomas Catering, Chef Steve Waddell
La Poste Eatery, Chef Dave Taylor
Metropole, Chef Michael Paley
Otto’s, Chef Paul Weckman
Senate, Chef Daniel Wright
Taste of Belgium, Chef Jean-Francois Flechet
The Metropolitan Club, Chef Kelsey Yerger
The Rookwood, Chef Jackson Rouse
Virgil’s Café, Chef Matt Buschle
Wunderbar, Chef Nathan Chambers 
Featured Artists
Kelly Armstrong, Janet Berberich, The BonBonerie, Eric Brass, Leah Busch, Guy Michael Davis, Tony Dotson, Jen Edwards, Sandra Gross, Zachary Herrmann, Laurie Hughes, Rosie Kovacs, Pam KravetzFrances Kroner, Carla Lamb, Marti Moore, Kenneth Moore, Carla Morales, Hans Op de Beeck, Katie Parker, Robert Pettena, Karen Saunders, Lori Siebert, Sheida Soleimani, Jenifer Sult, Katie Swartz, Chris Vorhees, C. Jacqueline Wood.
Begin your Mardi Gras Celebration in the huge Mainstrasse Village Entertainment Tent or your favorite Mainstrasse Village business. The Entertainment Tent features live music and cajun food by Shiska Haus and opens at 8 p.m. Music by The Naked Karate Girls on Friday and 4th Day Echo on Saturday begins at 9 pm, following the parade each night.
The BIG HEAD PARADE is on Friday and the GRANDE PARADE is on Saturday with each beginning at 8:00 p.m. The parades will travel north on Main Street. 
Baubles, Bangles and BEADS will be available at MainStrasse Village businesses and also at the Goose Girl Fountain and the Entertainment Tent.
Tickets are $10 per night if purchased individually. Only 6,000 tickets will be sold for each night and ticket-buyers must be 21 years old.
FREE Parking is available in the IRS Parking Lot at 4th & Johnson Streets
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