Dining for Art begins October 7th

All For Art, Art For All!
Dining for Art, A Grand Mingling, and the Historic Kenwood Public Art Initiative!
You know those used-to-be-drab park benches in Seminole Park? Last year we commissioned artists to transform them into works of art. We were able to undertake that project and pay the artists because of our first Public Art fundraiser: Dining for Art.

This year, we are undertaking the next phase in our Public Art Initiative through Dining for Art and a new “grand finale” event: A Grand Mingling. You can be part of all of it!

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Dining for Art
Last year, we started small: six modest Dining for Art events, all hosted by your neighbors here in Historic Kenwood. This year, there will be double that number and the scope is wide. From Brenda and Darrel Gordon’s Backyard Burgers, Brats and Beer ($30) to Frank Clemente and Toby Anderson’s 1920s Speakeasy – a five course, five wine event in partnership with The Mill ($155), there’s a party to delight everyone. Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan will repeat their Tapas party; Kathy Young her Italian Dinner in the Garden, MJ and Mike Baker their brunch, and Chef Donny Burnett this year be catering fabulous dinners at John Seibert’s, Linda Kellett’s and Bob Jeffrey’s homes. And there’s more. Newcomer Kirsten Patzer is preparing a multiple-course French Bistro dinner with wine pairings, Tom and Laura McGrath are hosting a Greek feast, and Bob Jeffrey, Carolyn Gambuti and Ken Jenkins are hosting events that are already sold out!

New this year, events will feature an artist from our Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood. One or two works of visual art will be at many parties, and you’ll be able to visit with the artist. John Seibert’s Bistro will feature a Kenwood musician, and the Speakeasy will feature performers. All art will be for sale, and a 35 percent commission on all sales will help to support our Public Art Initiative.

By all means check out the list of parties to choose the one(s) you want to attend. Don’t wait too long…events are intentionally small and they do sell out. Since hosts are donating all the meals, what you spend to attend may be fully tax-deductible. And every dollar you spend on Dining for Art will go toward the Historic Kenwood Public Art Fund.

A Grand Mingling
Want to see more art? It will happen! We will showcase all of the visual artists who participate in Dining for Art at a brand new “grand finale” – A Grand Mingling. This event will feature champagne and elegant desserts at Kenwood Gables B&B. Kenwood’s own Doug Wilkins will play lovely music throughout the event.

Kenwood Gables is graciously hosting A Grand Mingling just as they open after an entire year’s renovation, complete with a new pool and patio. This is one of Historic Kenwood’s premier properties: a historic Tudor Revival house built around 1934 and moved to its present location in 1936. It’s well worth seeing on its own – but add the art and artists and spectacular refreshments, and wow! It’s a must-do.

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