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Packed House at Aria for US Foods’ Art Party



Tuesday is that oft forgotten day of the week—it’s not a prelude to the weekend, it’s not hump day and it’s not the start of a traditional workweek. So US Foods wasn’t blowing smoke when its invitation announced: “Tuesday just got a lot more interesting.”

The broadline distributor’s Savor the Flavor event on April 30 rocked Aria with a celebration of food, music, art and giving back. The event was free, but attendees were encouraged to make donations to two nonprofits.

Generous “little plates” were provided by some of the top restaurants in town, including Red Cow/Red Rabbit (Chef Todd MacDonald), D’Amico Catering (Chef Josh Brown), Pajarito (Steve Hesse and Tyge Nelson), Handsome Hog (Justin Sutherland) and Corner Table/Revival (Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone). And need you ask, yes, there was an open bar. 

And while the mix of food items was hot, the music from stage was even hotter. Nothing is more fun than a band with local restaurateurs on drums and guitar. The Goombas featured the notable Dave Cossetta and Pat Mancini. Nooky Jones was up next and singer/songwriter Haley closed out the evening with indie rock. 

For the art part of the event, artists painted live and their finished work was auctioned off at the end of the night. Proceeds for the evening went to two nonprofits: Kids Café at Perspectives, Charlies co-founder Sue Zelickson’s baby, and restaurateur Ryan Burnet’s Northside Boxing Club. 

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