2017 Dining by Design: Edge of Dawn Party Boards

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1. ACP Scholarships!
Cost: $200

Unlimited Availability
Support the Arts Council of Princeton’s Scholarship Fund to ensure that no creative mind will be excluded from fee-based classes and/or camp programs due to financial reasons. Let’s build community through the arts together!

2. Yoga Glow
Hosts: Julia Gilbert, Dawn McClatchy and Kristen Williams

Date: Thursday evening, February, TBD 
Location: Yoga Stream
Cost: $75/person includes yoga, body paint, wine and hors d’oeuvres
“If it isn’t fun, don’t do it” is the philosophy to the black light yoga experience. A magical power vinyasa flow lead by Kristin Williams. Wear white to enhance the practice, add some glowing body paint and get ready to find your zen in a room pulsing with a carefully curated musical mix. Afterwards stay to enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres with your fellow yogi’s!

3. Art Museum Tour & Mediterra Dinner
Hosts: James Steward, and Maria & Raoul Momo

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 4:30-7:30pm
Location: Princeton University Art Museum & Mediterra Restaurant
Cost: $150/person includes private tour and dinner
Spaces: Only 3 spots left!
Enjoy a private tour of Princeton University’s renowned Art Museum with its Director, James Steward. With a history that dates back to the 1750’s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest university art museums in the world. Your tour will conclude with dinner in the private dining room at Mediterra featuring an epicurean excursion created by Mediterra’s Executive Chef Terry Strong. Special guests James Steward, and Maria & Raoul Momo will participate in the lively post-tour dinner conversation.

4. Artists Living with Art
Hosts: Judy Brodsky & Michael Curtis; Nancy Northrop (Book Donor)

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30pm
Cost: $125 per person, includes dinner, discussion and a book
Join noted artist and collector, Judy Brodsky, and her husband, Michael Curtis, political historian and prolific author, in their beautiful Princeton home and see their collection of contemporary art. Afterwards, Stacey Goergen and Amanda Benchley discuss their book, Artists Living with Art. Stacey and Amanda, both graduates of Princeton University, through their book, invite readers into the homes and personal art collections of some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Cindy Sherman, Helen and Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Glenn Ligon, and Pat Steir. From renovated lofts in SoHo to a restored farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley, these gorgeous interiors will inspire readers to rethink the display of their own art and treasured possessions, whether it’s a perfectly placed painting or rocks found on a beach. Guests will enjoy a dinner based on the art and artists in the book.

5. An Evening with Pia
Hosts: Andrea & Chris Mecray, Jeniah “Kookie” Johnson (Book Donor)

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Cost: $125/person includes book, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Dutch author Pia de Jong will talk about and read from what the New Yorker called her “compelling memoir”, titled Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition; the story of a year when her daughter was born with a dangerous form of leukemia and survived against all odds. Ms. de Jong contributes op-ed pieces to the Washington Post and blogs on the Huffington Post, as well as writing a weekly column for Amsterdam’s leading newspaper. She has won numerous prizes in the Netherlands for her novels and poetry. She lives in Princeton with her husband Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, and their children. Andrea and Chris will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to round out the discussion.

6. Conversations with Elaine Pagels
Hosts: Helena & Peter Bienstock and Elaine Pagels

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018, 6pm
Cost: $75/person includes cocktails, discussion and a book
Spaces: 5 spots left!
Cost: $200/person, includes above mentioned plus dinner
Spaces: SOLD OUT
A rare opportunity to hear noted Princeton University Professor of Religion, Elaine Pagels discuss her book, Revelations. Dinner guests will be treated to further conversation with the author over a gourmet meal prepared by Helena and Peter Bienstock complemented with paired wines from their private cellar. Each individual or couple attending will get a paperback copy of Elaine’s book Revelations. Elaine received the National Humanities Medal from the President at the White House on September 22, 2016. Her book Gnostic Gospels was a NY Times best seller and led to a cover story in Time Magazine. It also won a National Book Award and the National Book Critics Award and was selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best English language books of the 20th Century. Her newest book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, will be the subject of her talk.

7.  Wine Tasting with Master Sommelier Francis Schott
Hosts: Christina Foglio Palmer & Douglass Palmer and Barbara Fant & Douglas Horne

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Cost: $125/person includes wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres
Spaces: SOLD OUT
Like fine wines? Don’t miss the entertaining master sommelier and restauranteur Francis Schott at this intimate gathering. Schott has been featured in The New York Times, Food Arts, The Star Ledger, The Food Network, and a TEDx talk. For this tasting, he has curated a selection of wines by Paul Hobbs, whom Forbes has called “The Steve Jobs of Wine” for his “ardent exactitude” of winemaking.
Tasting of Paul Hobbs wine includes:
Chardonnay 2015; Russian River
Chardonnay ‘Richard Dinner Vineyard’ 2001; Sonoma Mountain (From Magnum)
Pinot Noir ‘Hyde Vineyard’ 2014; Carneros
Pinot Noir ‘Katherine Lindsay Estate’ 2013; Russian River Valley
Syrah ‘Kick Ranch Vineyard’ 2012; Sonoma (From Magnum)
Syrah ‘Kick Ranch Vineyard’ 2007; Sonoma (From Magnum)
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013; Paul Hobbs; Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard’ 2013; Oakville, Napa (From Magnum)
Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard’ 2004; Oakville, Napa (From Magnum)

8. Lewis & Clark; When Men Learned to Ask Women for Directions
Hosts: Claire and David Jacobus

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018 6:30
Cost: $175/person, includes dinner and discussion
Landon (“Lanny”) Jones, an expert on and author of two books about the Lewis & Clark Expedition, will speak on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea: When men first learned to ask a woman for directions. Lanny served on the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, which planned the bicentennial celebrations. Lanny made a lasting impact on American society during his brilliant career at Time, Inc. While there he edited People and Money Magazines and planned and launched three other magazines. He concluded his career at Time as Vice President for Strategic Planning. His long tenure at People has led observers to call him “the father of the celebrity culture.” Lanny coined the term “baby boomer” in a book he wrote on that generation. Your generous hosts Claire and David Jacobus will serve a splendid dinner featuring salmon, which Lewis & Clark would have appreciated.

9. An Appalachian Two-fer with Robby George
Hosts: Anna & Jason Miner
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6:30pm
Cost: $200/person, includes dinner, discussion and music
You’ll be treated to a talk on Trump and Appalachia by Robert George, holder of Princeton University’s celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence, and the to a fabulous concert of Appalachian string music by this son of a West Virginia coal miner, who excels on the bluegrass banjo and is a finger style guitarist. Prof. George has been called by David Kirkpatrick of the NY Times America’s “most influential conservative Christian thinker”. He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, has Chaired the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and was a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. He performs in New Jersey with the band “Blue Heart”. You’ll enjoy your evening with Prof. George while dining on a buffet dinner and enjoying the warm hospitality of your hosts, whose last name perfectly sets the stage for the presenter. Dress Casual.

10. Bollywood Bash Dance Party
Hosts: Isabella de la Housseye & David Crane 

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018, 7 pm
Cost: $150/person, includes dinner and dancing
Don your Indian best to enjoy an Indian Feast and dance to the Bollywood Beat. Dance instruction available for those of you who need help adding a Bollywood twist to your Boogie.

11. May Day Party – “Making Art in your Garden”
Host: Greg Garnich

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1-3 pm
Cost: $50/person, includes brunch and discussion
Why do our gardens make us feel so good? Discover your inner artist and answer questions about how to make your garden an expression of yourself. This Sunday event hosted by landscape expert Greg Garnich, will help you understand the timing, psychology and artistic strategy of the garden. Tour his beautiful tulip and allium garden while you sip mimosas and enjoy farm to table fare.

12. Persian Party with Najmieh Batmanglish
Hosts: Jennifer Wolffert & Bijan Ardehali

Date: May 12, 2018, 6pm
Cost: $200/person, includes dinner and discussion
Spaces: SOLD OUT
An evening of saffron, orange blossoms, wine and poetry. A celebration of the food and culture of Ancient Persia. Join the guest of honor, Najmieh Batmanglish, the world’s foremost expert on Persian cuisine, and her husband, Mohammad, publisher of books on Persian history and culture, and an expert on Persian poetry. Enjoy a traditional Persian feast complemented by wines drawn from the hosts’ cellar while listening to poetry from ancient Persia.

13. Interwoven Stories  Mother’s Day Brunch with Diana Weymar
Hosts: Nancy & Will Robbins

Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11am
Cost: $75/person, includes brunch and discussion
Memory, Family, Wisdom. A discussion revolving around Diana’s recent studio work and of the history of Interwoven Stories, a project developed during a residency at The Arts Council of Princeton that has spread to other communities nationally and internationally. Join Diana at the home of Nancy & Will Robbins as she presents her interwoven story. Brunch will follow with continuing conversation and inspiration to create your own story.

14. Breakfast in Burma
Host: Isabella de la Houssaye

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 8:30-10:30am
Cost: $50/person
Enjoy breakfast amid beautiful Burmese antiques and textiles as Isabella discusses the history, purpose, and fabrication of these extraordinary works of art.