LOCALS ONLY: Free Lunch With Art Smith

There was only a lucky few who got the invitation to the secret location for lunch prepared by celebrity Chef Art Smith.

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Celebrity chef Art Smith was fired up Monday for the Locals Only underground lunch event.
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Smith was on hand to meet with many of the 160 guests who stopped by for free lunch prepared by the chef himself and his team.
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The menu consisted of Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Salad with Pineapple and Red Peppers, Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits and Hummingbird Cake.
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Art says his cake will be what he's remembered for after all said and done.
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Theresa Carter
Mmmm... Sweet Potato Salad.
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The line was kind of long if you wanted to sample some of Smith's food.
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Theresa Carter
No food for you! You had to be on the list, and if you weren't, you got one of these. It's all good, they seemed pretty happy about it.
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Theresa Carter
If you did pre-register at NBCChicago.com and completed the Chicago quiz, you were on the list and got an "Access Granted" card.
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That gave you the right to be personally served by a celebrity chef!
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And of course, share a couple of words with him.
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Theresa Carter
After receiving their food, the guests camped out wherever they could find a spot to eat.
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You've got to love a celebrity chef who actually does his own cooking!
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Now this is what you call the ultimate picnic!
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The chicken and biscuits, two of the most popular items at Smith's Table Fifty-Two restaurant, didn't last very long.
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The chicken is soaked in buttermilk for a couple of days.
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Dipped in an egg wash.
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Rolled in a flour and spice mixture.
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And fried on the spot.
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So how can you learn about the next LOCALS ONLY underground event?
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Stay tuned to NBCChicago.com and NBC 5, and we'll let you know.
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Thanks guys... lunch rocked!
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