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Food & Drink Blog

Food—for Art's Sake

by Austen Diamond
- Posted // 2011-02-25 - The Step Up to the Plate fundraiser, to benefit Art-Kids, pits  Park City’s best chefs against one another for the sake of “expressive arts,” which helps adolescents cope with, well, adolescence.

Arts-Kids’s intention is to reach children on emotional, creative and spiritual levels while they are still in the developmental process, says founder Pat Drewry Sanger. They run after-school, free-of-charge programs to allow children to create art, no matter their family’s income level. Art creation helps express the challenges of growing up, be they teasing, bullying, low self-esteem or clinical issues like ADHD, autism and Asperger’s. The non-profit was founded in 1999 and by 2003 they had expanded to all 10 of Summit County’s elementary and middle schools.They are currently looking for a partner to expand to Salt Lake County.

Step Up, in its third year, is fun for everyone, especially Park City’s top chefs. “All the chefs love to create something fresh for this particular event,” says Lola Beatlebrox, curriculum design and communications consultant. They prepare heavy hors d’oeuvres, such as pieces of filtet mignon or white fish drizzled with bourbon sauce. Chefs from the Goldener Hirsch Inn, Shabu, Jean Louis, Butcher’s Chop House, High West Distillery, Zoom, Top Shelf, Maxwell’s and Squatters will be vying for votes in the People’s Choice and Judge’s Award competitions. In 2009, Maxwell’s took home the People’s Choice Award and High West Distillery won the Judge’s Award. The event will be held on Sunday, February 27, 6-9 p.m., at the Newpark Resort Hotel, 1456 Newpark Blvd. Tickets are $55 advance and $65 at the door.

Aside from food there will be a presentation by Art-Kids, a silent auction, music by Rich Wyman and wine, beer and cocktails served throughout. If you want to get involved but can’t afford the ticket to Step Up, Art-Kids offers volunteer opportunities or pay-what-you-can donations online. For more information on the organization, visit art-kids.org.

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