ArtStart Welcomes Famous Chef This Weekend For A Taste Of Haiti

May 8, 2019

Chef Thia Verna
Credit ArtStart Rhinelander Richard LeCoin photography

 A famous chef from the TV show "A Taste of The Islands" on PBS will be in Rhinelander this weekend cooking for people who also want to support ArtStart and taste Haitian food and culture.

The Waterloo Center for the Arts began collecting art from Haiti in 1977. Over the last four decades, the Haitian Collection has grown to more than 1,500 works of art and is recognized as the largest public collection of Haitian art in the world. The exhibit is at ArtStart through Sunday.

As a fundraiser for ArtStart, they are offering a taste of Haiti this weekend with Chef Thia Verna as ArtStart's Ashley McLaughlin explains..

"...We are bringing in a celebrity chef from Miami. She actually has a PBS cooking show and she will be coming in and preparing a fine dinner on Saturday night and also a Mother's Day brunch on Sunday. Those are ticketed events, a fundraiser for ArtStart, but mostly a celebration of Haitian culture and to get people in to see the art..."

Chef Tia Verna is a highly decorated chef and was picked by the Haitian government to represent the nation in a cooking contest.

Tickets are on sale at the ArtStart website or you can call ArtStart for more information.