CREATE is a celebration of art, food, drink and music by Chef Louis DiBicarri. Now in its fifth year, the festival draws inspiration from Chef DiBiccari’s strong ties to the local artistic community, and aims to showcase homegrown talent. CREATE both locates and celebrates nascent talent, pairing upcoming artists with the next wave of the city’s great chefs. You may not know their names, and in many ways you’re not supposed to. The point is that you won’t be able to forget them after seeing and tasting their work.
The following images are the product of collaborating with Chef Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow). At the time Michael had not yet opened his restaurant. He got the name from the two architects responsible for designing the building that now houses the restaurant. The theme of ""honoring history" came early on in figuring out what to do together. I had remarked that his restaurant would serve to function as kind of motion picture collage, with all the patrons serving as ever-changing images inhabiting the composition that is the space of the restaurant. For CREATE BOSTON Michael and I agreed that wanted to simulate a smaller version of that experience in a way that honored a timeline that spanned the year Alden & Harlow began their mental and actual designs for their building up to the present day. Michael served recipes and I created a life-size collage with images/ingredients that honored that timeline. And the people who attended CREATE BOSTON served as that ever changing motion picture element to effect endless organic changes to the overall visual composition of the space we built for the event.
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