The Historic Water Tower Building was filled with culinary enthusiasts and members of the media and dear friends of the Trotter family on Tuesday night. What brought this eclectic mix of Chicagoans together? They gathered to honor the memory of esteemed chef Charlie Trotter and to gain a more intimate look into his personal life.
This exclusive event celebrated the opening of the Charlie Trotter, Chef, Artist, Thinker exhibit created by the Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The exhibit showcases stunning photos of some of Trotter's most famed dishes including his Salmon Three Ways pictured above.
Pure Kitchen provided appetizers inspired by the late chef's creations and Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event created the even't ambiance. Champagne and cherry COCO5 cocktails kept guests hydrated and light on their feet.
One might assume that food would be the focal point of an exhibit about Charlie Trotter, but this is not entirely the case. One of the main focuses was who Trotter was outside of the kitchen. Cases filled with his personal books including The Fountainhead give an insight to his philosophical side. One particularly interesting item on display is a menu from 1987 that still has Trotter's notes on it.
Wife of Charlie Trotter, Rochelle, walked guests through the exhibit while telling stories about her late husband. She pointed out some of his favorite musicians including Charlie Parker and reminisced about times the couple spent with their good friend Emeril Lagasse.
The Charlie Trotter exhibit is located at 806 North Michigan Avenue and is free to the public. It will remain open until Monday, September 7th from 10:00am-6:30pm, and is well worth stopping by for a look!
ALL PHOTOS CREDIT OF: Kipling Swehla