A mixture of chicken tenders, color-blocking, and the Raphael House children came together at International Smoke last week.
With Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry in attendance, the children got to enjoy a 5-star lunch and painting “lessons” by world renowned muralist, Edward Granger. Pulling inspiration from the restaurant’s global approach to fire, grilling, and international flavors, Granger created International Smoke’s artistic focal points adding liveliness to the space.
Edward’s work represents “awkwardly beautiful fantasy worlds,” he describes to us, “while the aesthetic plays with the underlying graphs, threads, and fibers of color space technologies behind print and digital images. Edward allows the threads and fibers to work together in various spatial, line and color pattern techniques.”
And for an even greater cause, the kids got to have an afternoon of play, eats, and meeting legends. The Raphael Houses mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence.
“Ayesha and I met during a chefs dinner in collaboration with Williams Sonoma,” Chef Michael Mina recalls when asked about his prior relationship with Curry, “we spend hours at the dinner table discussing food, flavor, the places we had traveled, what we learned, and when the opportunity came to really explore a collaboration—I was very excited to be working with her. She’s a powerhouse.”
Mina and Curry float around the dining room, greeting the children from the Raphael Houses as they eat a variety of homestyle mac-n-cheese, chicken wings, and mash potatoes. When the time came to get creative, the typical after school program was in creating a “painting-by-numbers” mural in the International Smoke dining room alongside Granger and Curry.
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