Monday, April 3rd, 2017 5:30 pm –  9:30 pm: A Bust For Charlie Trotter



FYI: Happy 2017 Charlie Trotter Food & Wine Festival, Everyone!

This it IT: CHICAGO’s Best Gastronomy Event of the Year!

And THANKS to our Great French Chef Didier Durand: YOU get a discount.

Get your tickets NOW: and enter the code: industry (for

more info. please check below w/ our friend Chuck Benya)! Best E.J.

A Bust for Charlie

Galleria Marchetti

825 W Erie St (one block West of Halsted St.)

Chicago, IL 60642, USA

Hosted by French Chef Didier DURAND, Executive Gastronomy Director MDFDE/Midwest-Chicago


Monday April 3rd 2017


5:30 pm –  9:30 pm: A Bust For Charlie Trotter

The 2017 Charlie Trotter

Food & Wine Spring Festival!

Don’t miss the best part of the evening, when Ferrari

unveils the magnificent masterpiece:

Life-Size Bronze Statue of Charlie

The 2017 Charlie Trotter Food & Wine Spring Festival Participants

Participating Restaurants & Chefs:

​Cyrano’s Café Riverwalk (Chef Didier Durand)

Emilio’s Tapas  (Emilio Gervilla)

Fig & Olive (Chef Alejandra Romero)

Friendship Restaurant (Chef Alan Yuen)

Hilton Hotels & Resorts (Chef Mario Garcia)

Le Bouchon (Chef Oliver Poilevey)

Marchesa (Chef Mark Sabbe)

Prime & Provisions (Chef Joseph Rizza)

My Café (Chef Alberto Zavala)

Ocean Cut (Chef Jason Paskewitz)

Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar (Chef John Coletta)

Rockit Bar and Grill (Chef Michael Sheerin)

Roeser’s Bakery since 1911 (Chef John Roeser IV)

Saigon Sisters (Chef Kevin Marquardt)

MAD by Phil Stefani (Chef Joe Roisseau)

Participating Wine, Beer Cies:

Broadbent Selections

Delicato Family Vineyards

Heritage Wine Cellars

Laurent Perrier Champagne

Michael Corso Selections

Revolution Brewery

Southern Wines & Spirits

Sweiss Group LLC

Tenzing, Wine & Spirit

Todd & Veronica H2 Vino


​Groupon, Restaurant Depot, Open Table

Live Entertainment by:

Marco Polo

Simone Bisous, Inc.

Michael Jackson Impersonator

Dear Friends and Colleagues of Chef Didier,

Bonjour! We are unveiling the first ever Chef’s Bronze Statue of Chef Charlie Trotter at The 2017 Charlie Trotter Food & Wine Festival. As a token of Chef Didier’s appreciation, he is discounting the General Admission Ticket from $79 to $60 (all inclusive).

It is the Gourmet Gourmand ticket of the year!

S’il vous plait go to and enter the code: industry (all small letters) now to purchase your tickets, buy some for your family and friends, too. We have much to offer: 20 restaurants and their signature dishes, eight stations of champagne, wines, beer and cognac and entertainment! (See the flyer above to see who is participating.)

Your presence will help keep Chef Charlie Trotter’s culinary vision and legacy alive. You will also be one of the first in to see the 10′ x 10′ statue we commissioned of his likeness and three of the proposed Chicago locations for its installation in a prominent public space.

See you on April 3rd! Bon Appetit!

Many Thanks,

Chuck Benya

Events Specialist


A Bust for Charlie Fund’s mission is to commemorate Charlie Trotter’s enduring impact on Chicago’s culinary scene. To learn more about the organization, please visit:

If you cannot make the event, please make a contribution to underwrite the installation of the statue:

Thank you for your consideration!



Contact Chef Didier Durand for any questions @ (773) 620-3986

Cyrano’s Café on the River Walk

Good Food Makes People Happy! TM ®

Map of Event Location




VIRGINIO L. FERRARI (b.1937) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary sculptor, who has exhibited his work in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States.

Ferrari’s monumental sculptures can be found on street corners and public parks, at universities and libraries, corporations and in private collections in Chicago, and all over the world.

Since the early sixties his sculptures have participated with the environment allowing the interaction of sculpture and casual observer, giving the modern city a human dimension.

With over thirty monumental public sculptures in Chicago alone and other works acquired by civic, museum, and corporate collections in Atlanta, Deyang, Florence, Guayaquil, Los Angeles, Milan, Philadelphia, Parma, Rome, Shanghai and Verona, Ferrari has been a consistent presence in the international art world resulting in over 50 solo exhibitions, while participating in more than 150 group shows.

He was born in Verona, Italy where he graduated from the Scuola D’ Arte N. Nanni and from the Accademia Cignaroli (1959), where he received his first teaching assignment.

His father and grandfather were stonecutters who established a sense of craftsmanship in the household, and Ferrari continued this tradition, having his first solo exhibit in Venice in 1962 at the age of 24.

From 1966 to 1976 Ferrari was Assistant Professor of Art and Sculptor in Residence at the University of Chicago and since then has remained in Chicago where he has devoted his full energies to sculpting.

His styles and periods have progressed and changed, marrying his mastery of traditional materials and methods with experimentation’s in new forms, materials and styles embracing a philosophy of  “New Ideas, New Ways, New Means and New Spaces.”

Ferrari’s stylistic development has included transitions in expressionistic and surrealistic forms and has evolved towards geometric reduction with a minimum of means; sculptures distinguished by massive force and dynamic tension.

Running throughout his art even in his most formalistic works is a persistent search for life essences, to the condition of man, to the embracing of male and female forces.

Ferrari’s work has been described as lyrical abstract sculpture in bronze, stainless steel, marble and granite.

Integrating sculpture into the architectural environment, often playfully in contrast to it, at other times fully participating in it, consequently his work is preoccupied with creating situations that delight the eye in the parks, streets, squares and corners of the city.

He holds many awards for his achievements, including the Illinois State Service Award for outstanding contributions as a sculptor who has vitalized and humanized urban spaces.

Honored by the president of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Ferrari was awarded the Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Officer– Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 1992, for his important contributions to the international art world.

He received the medal of the City of Verona and the Illinois Art Council Governor’s Award based on his 2003 anthological retrospective exhibit Ombre della Sera:1958-2003 at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea-Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy.

In 2005, Ferrari became Corresponding Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities (Paris, France), presented to the academy on behalf of art historian, Ante Glibota.

Ferrari currently divides his time between his studios in Chicago, USA and Guardistallo, Italy.


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