40 North | 88 West, Champaign County's high brow arts and culture council, is seeking a broader range of cultural input for its programs by hosting a mixer at Ryan's Steakhouse today.

Steven Bentz of 40 North says: "There's nothing like networking next to the soft-serve machine. If you want real Champaign County, you have to get into the trenches and get your hands into a little chocolate pudding."

As part of the mixer, 40 North will arrange for poets to recite poems about food at the end of the buffet line.

Happy April Fool's Day from Smile Politely.