This article is part of a continuing series covering fashion design in Chicago.
Pop-up restaurants also known as supper clubs are making a big come back. The pop-up restaurant is a catered event in a unique venue or home. It is usually combined with entertainment, a fashion show, or some other type of event.
On Friday evening Studio KL (Kenneth Ludwig) held Nights in Havana Supper Club and Fashion Show, showcasing the designs of Benjamin Cottrell. Mr. Cottrel is a fashion designer, consultant, and runway show planner. Studio KL is a fine home furnishing and design emporium. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Chicago Food Repository.
Studio KL was decked out like a restaurant with tropical themed centerpieces and tabletop design. The menu was created, prepared, and served by chef Markus Ford and his team from Elever Chicago. The menu was Caribbean inspired and reflected chef Ford's vision of "Old Cuba".
Chef Ford is a highly trained, skilled, and world traveled chef. His travels inspire his vision of food and dining.
Drinks and bar service were provided by Lisa Scherer from Aged 2 Perfection. Along with fine wines and beer, tropical themed drinks were available. Piped in music was also Cuban inspired.
Benjamin Cottrell's designs were tropical themed in style and color. Other notable people attending the event were personal stylist and image consultant, Deborah D. Goodman and Debra Coltune, a food critic and restaurant marketing consultant.
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