DINING FOR ART – safe and smart!

As we begin to slowly see the light at the end of a very long pandemic, we are making plans to get back to a new-normal lifestyle. We miss the social and community contact very much. With that in mind, we are launching Dining for Art this year in a Covid careful way. The fundraiser for public art will be held from mid-March to the end of April. The dinners will be limited to 10 people or less per gathering and will be held outdoors or with groups that share the same “bubble” or all attendees who are fully vaccinated. We are still looking for people who would like to host a dinner. If you are interested in hosting or attending an event, please contact Michelle Ribner at:(858) 342-8618 or michelle.ribner@gmail.com

Payment for dinners should be made directly to the host at the event, and should be in the form of cash or checks made out to HKNA.

We look forward to making this year’s month long event a fun and fruitful fundraiser for public art while bringing neighbors together in an intimate setting. 


Pretty in Pink
Saturday, March 13: 6 p.m.
Hosted by Jason Fields and Channing Floyd
Join Jason and Channing for a night of retro fun! As we celebrate and raise funds for local art, bring us your best Molly Ringwald or come as you are…just wear pink. Cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7:00. Featured artist: Rich Pollin

“Fiddlin with the Sun”
March 14, 5 to 8 p.m.
Progressive dinner by Katie & Bryan Klopfenstein 
and Michelle & Lewis Ribner
Come celebrate Daylight Savings Time as Bryan serenades us with his fiddle during appetizers in honor of the upcoming St Paddy’s Day.  We will munch on appetizers and drinks at the Klopfenstein’s outdoor yard. Then stroll up 4th Ave N from 26th to 27th Street and join us for a taco bar on the back patio of the Ribner’s home. Dessert will be back at the Klopfenstein’s garden with more of Bryan’s recorded music. Featured artist: Mike Baker
SOLD OUT $45/person
Full-on Irish!
March 17th, 6:00 pm
Hosted by Laura and Tom McGrath
Join us in celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with a traditional Irish-American dinner. Start with Jameson, Guinness (and other beverages), smoked salmon and Irish cheddar apps. And then, of course, corned beef and cabbage and all the fixin’s. Topped off by Irish whiskey trifle for dessert. 
2 tickets available
Burgers, Brats and Booze
Rescheduled due to weather. New date: March 21, 6 p.m.
Hosted by Brenda and Darrel Gordon
Join Brenda and Darrel for their popular annual offering of Burgers, Brats and Booze. As always, get ready for a fun, festive evening.
Featured artist: D. Yael Kelley
Explore the Pastabilities
March 20, 6 pm
Hosted by Michelle and Lewis Ribner        
Great Italian Food with Good Friends in a Florida Garden. Vegetarian with Gluten Free options.
Featured artist: Mike Baker
6 tickets available
Moon Over Miami
March 27, 5 to 7 p.m.
Hosted by Jamelia Triola, Sara-Ellen Burnett and Carolyn Gambuti
Cocktails and hors d’oeuveres will be served while lounging about and playing croquet. 50’s cocktail attire strongly encouraged. Featured artist: Paul Barrera

La Festa Italiana di Kenwood
March 27 at 5 pm
Seminole Park comes together! Enjoy a progressive dinner for appetizers hosted by Brenda and Darrel; then step right next door to Greg and Ryan’s for an Italian dinner and finally delight in desserts at Jay and Rob’s house.
Featured artist: Maurice Bartifkosky

Creole Night @ Boho Bungalow
April 3, 6 to 9 pm
Hosted by David McCauley and Liliana Beltran
Your host is your artist…mingle with others in a lovely backyard setting.
Featured artist: David McCauley
1 ticket
Bloody Mary & Mimosa School Brunch **NOTE: NEW DATE, SAME TIME
**April 17, 10 to noon
Hosted by Catherine Vogel, Terry Wood and Sara-Ellen Burnett
Delicious Sunday brunch served in Catherine and Terry’s garden as Sara-Ellen will teach you how to make the greatest Bloody Marys and exotic Mimosas.
Featured artist: Janna Kennedy Hyten


Fluau Again!
April 30, 6:30
Hosted by Sue and Mark Crosin
Gather round the pool for the 2nd annual FL luau. Beverages, appetizers, and dinner ordered
from either Pacific Counter or Aloha to Go.
Featured Artist: Susan Williams


In this unsettled time, we recognize that many people may not feel comfortable attending any event, even with the precautions we are taking to ensure that we are Covid careful.

Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches to go…stop by to pick up your homemade sandwich. April 17, 6 to 7 pm, hosted by Kent and Katie. Swing by to pick up incredible pulled pork sandwiches with a side of mac & cheese. $10/person Please email number of sandwiches you would like by April 15 to myhknaevents@gmail.com Address for pickup will be sent after your order is received.

For the Love of Jam and Art: Alexis makes fabulous homemade jams. 2 different jars of homemade jams for $10. Payment: Cash, check (made out to HKNA) or Venmo: @Alexis-Baum-3 Please email your name and address for delivery to: info@historickenwood.org

Unparty: Wendy Byrnes, Peter Burke, and Holly Minch are “hosting” an “unparty”, and will be donating $500 toward the funding of one finial. If others are not comfortable attending an event but would like to support Dining for Art, we would welcome any donation you are comfortable with. Once the finials are created in the fall, Wendy, Peter and Holly hope to organize a walking tour led by Artist Enclave member Janna Kennedy.

Here’s a slideshow of our 2021 Dining for Art events…