How does anything really begin? One crazy idea, followed by tons of support? I can say that’s absolutely what has happened here. One evening I made perhaps the most fortuitous apple pie in the history of all pies. I brought it to a friend and over a slice he asked me why I hadn’t opened a bakery. For approximately the 14th time in the last year, I recounted my desire to travel.
I wanted to travel while absorbing recipes and techniques from local people I met along the way. He said: “Hey! Wait! Start here, in Chicago! You can start local!” Fueled by his enthusiastic suggestion, I began planning. I asked my friend and talented photographer, Michael Soto, to join me to document my adventures.
Together we are embarking on this investigation of art and food. We hope to capture a snapshot of the city as it is today, its practicing artists, and their recipes. Here at Inside the Artist’s Kitchen you will find recipes contributed by, cooked by, and demonstrated by Chicago Artists.
Meet Kristina & Michael
Kristina Daignault holds a Bachelor of Arts with focus in photography and medieval literature from the University of Vermont as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in designed objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kristina spends her time designing light fixtures as well as websites. She enjoys traditional film photography and her borrowed 4×5.
Kristina has a long history as a planner of events and loves to get people together—she has been described as both a ringleader and a herder of cats. She also spends a good amount of time in the kitchen with new recipes. She just tried canning jam for the first time and is always looking for her next kitchen experiment.
Michael Soto, co-founder of Inside the Artist’s Kitchen, is a Chicago-based organist, photographer, and English language teacher. A native of Texas, Michael studied music and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Following that, he spent two years studying music and teaching English in Paris, and he recently spent a year in Tunisia on a teaching fellowship. Throughout his travels over the past eight years, he has documented everyday events, objects, and interactions through photography. Documentation continues to play an important role in his work, especially with this website, as he documents the creative processes of other artists as they produce their own work. Michael currently works as the music director and organist of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Flossmoor, IL and performs at churches in the Chicago area.