Ralph Steadman's first collaboration with Hunter S. Thompson took place at the Kentucky Derby in 1969, when Thompson was writing for Scanlan's Monthly and Steadman was asked to contribute drawings to his story. It was there that their 40-year friendship was born. Steadman would go on to illustrate Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in addition to working with Thompson on various articles for publications like Rolling Stone. See also: Hell's Kitchen offers entire town of Embarrass, MN free brunch
Hell's Kitchen founders Mitch Omer and Cyn Gerdes purchased their first Steadman original in 2000 and have since built both their collection and a relationship with the artist himself. On Memorial Day, Hell's Kitchen will host a celebratory breakfast in honor of Steadman's 78th birthday. Steadman will visit via Skype and we've been assured that Omer has some crazy antics up his sleeve for the occasion.
New Steadman pieces will be unveiled in the Underground Room, in addition to exclusive mugs, pint glasses, postcards, and shirts Steadman designed specifically for Hell's Kitchen.
The restaurant will offer its full brunch menu, as well as a number of food and drink specials and Flying Dog Ale on tap.Be sure to make your reservations early, as the event is expected to fill up fast. Steadman will tune in via Skype at 8:30 am, but the restaurant recommends patrons arrive thirty minutes early. Call 612-332-4700 to reserve your spot.