The New City Arts Forum Secret Dinner was an event I’m going to cherish for a long time. When Maureen asked if I’d be willing to design and style a dinner for 155 artists, musicians, dancers, writers, creatives, and art enthusiasts and patrons, I was thrilled. When I was told A Pimento was catering, I was over the moon. In short, I loved this event. It felt so sincere. After a weekend discussing art, its significance and transformative nature in our culture, and witnessing several moving performances, a long, relaxed evening of conversation and good wine felt so appropriate. The guests, once strangers to each other, now sat elbow to elbow, made family by their shared experience and their shared meal, passing each dinner course from one to another.
The style of this event was meant to be artistic, playful, textural, and inviting. I was so excited to explore some new projects while planning its design, each piece a labor of love. I could not have accomplished this vision alone, and I am forever grateful to Jackie Collmus who provided florals, Skyline Tents for the gorgeous lighting, Festive Fare for rentals, the Trinity Fellows who were our entire (amazing! tireless!) staff, Christ Church where the dinner was located, Maggie Stein who took these beautiful photos, and A Pimento who presented an incredible farm to table menu. Truly I can hardly put into words how wonderful it was to see so many talented people coming together, either in the planning and design of this evening, or around the table as guests.
Please stay tuned as I plan to share more about the menu and a couple of DIY projects in upcoming posts.