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Local artists create dream dinner party during Make. Eat. Drink.

Local artists create dream dinner party during Make. Eat. Drink.

Make Eat Drink in Austin
A table setting at Make. Eat. Drink. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Michael Zach Hanson Plating On Kreeger
Chefs Shian Aikawa, Michael Fojtasek and Zach Hanson prep one of the courses. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Aikawa Michael Fojtasek Plating
The Japanese-inspired charcuterie and tsukemono boards are served on dishes by Michael Yates. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Pre Dinner Gallery Recpetion
Tomoko Kuwahara (center) and Michael Yates (right) chat with guests. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Aikawa helping Dessert Course
Ramen Tatsu-ya's chef Shion Aikawa helps with dessert. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Michael Fojtasek Ryan McKerley Presenting
Michael Fojtasek and Ryan McKerley presenting the meal. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Makeshift Kitchen Pass and T Guests
The makeshift kitchen in the Canopy Austin space. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin
Tickets to the event sold out in record time. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Flowers Laura Jeff Daly Keith Kreeger
Jeff and Laura Daly chat with Keith Kreeger. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Lamb Belly on McKerley Plate
Lamb belly was served on Ryan McKerley's plates. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin Flowers by RosehipFlora
Flowers for the event were by RosehipFlora. Photo by Leah Overstreet
Make Eat Drink in Austin
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Michael Zach Hanson Plating On Kreeger
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Aikawa Michael Fojtasek Plating
Make Eat Drink in Austin Pre Dinner Gallery Recpetion
Make Eat Drink in Austin Shion Aikawa helping Dessert Course
Make Eat Drink in Austin Michael Fojtasek Ryan McKerley Presenting
Make Eat Drink in Austin Makeshift Kitchen Pass and T Guests
Make Eat Drink in Austin
Make Eat Drink in Austin Flowers Laura Jeff Daly Keith Kreeger
Make Eat Drink in Austin Lamb Belly on McKerley Plate
Make Eat Drink in Austin Flowers by RosehipFlora

Perhaps the toughest ticket to snag on November 21 was a seat at the Make. Eat. Drink table, a collaborative dinner party held at Canopy Austin in East Austin. An event months in the making, the party was a celebration of the fine line between art and food. 

Austin artists Keith Kreeger, Ryan McKerley, Michael Yates, Leigh Taylor Wyatt and Shara Funari joined chefs Shion Aikawa from Ramen Tatsu-ya, Grae Nonas and Michael Fojtasek from Olamaie and Elyse Hoang from Sway to create a full dining experience, from handcrafting the tableware to plating the dishes.

For $125, guests were treated to a five-course dinner surrounded by local art on exhibit for the East Austin Studio Tour. A portion of the proceeds went to Big Medium, the non-profit arts organization that puts on E.A.S.T.

On the menu? Japanese-inspired charcuterie and tsukemono board; chicken wing, sweet potatoes, grilled persimmons, huckleberry chestnuts and carrot gastrique; smothered cauilflower, bone marrow and egg yolk; lamb belly, winter squash, sorghum glazed carrot and pecan; and black sesame sticky rice, roasted chestnuts, white gourd and chrysantheum ice cream.

"It went beautifully and exceeded my expectations of what could have happened that evening," said Kreeger, the Austin-based ceramicist who recently collaborated with Paul Qui to create the tableware for his flagship restaurant qui. It's definitely going to be something that happens again. The wheels are already turning."