Chefs hail first foodies with inauguration salute

January 19, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2011, file photo, celebrity chef Art Smith discusses a healthy journey to wellness during an interview with The Associated Press in Miami Beach, Fla., at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Smith served as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef and a Top Chef contestant. Smith is one of 6 chefs hosting the first Chef’s Ball on Jan. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Washington’s top chefs are coming together to salute the president ahead of the inauguration, in part because of the first family’s influence on the culture around food.

Chicago-based Chef Art Smith is opening his Capitol Hill restaurant Art and Soul for a late-night Chefs Ball expected to attract food fans of all stripes Saturday night with its relatively low ticket price of $75. Seven celebrity chefs teamed up for the charity event to prepare delicious bites for a sold-out crowd of more than Login to read more

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