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Dinner With Artists

Art feeds the creative soul and Dinner with Artists will delight your senses. Feast with your eyes and palate at this spectacular series hosted by the Naples Art Association. Join renowned artists paired with executive chefs who collaborate on creating and presenting original works of art and culinary masterpieces. Dinner with Artists is an interactive artistic experience in an intimate and engaging setting. Each event includes a multi-course gourmet meal and wine.

Tickets are $130 per person or $250 per couple.
There is a significant discount if you purchase a series ticket – for couples or individuals.

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November – SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, November 6

Chef:  Greg Shapiro, Tastebuds Catering
Artist: Gilberto Sanchez
Location:  The Naples Art Association

About Greg Shapiro
As executive chef and owner of Tastebuds, Shapiro is dedicated to creating incredible custom menus for every event. Tastebuds Custom Catering was conceived out of a homegrown love of aromatic dishes, sumptuous flavors and the love and laughter found in the heart of homes, the kitchen. Greg’s commitment to innovative flavors and love of challenges are an integral part of what he is all about.

About Gilberto Sanchez
Sanchez is a self-taught artist, born in El Salvador. His artwork medium is bondo, a material mainly known for its use in auto body and wood repairs. Sanchez creates sculptures of people as well as wildlife with stunning life like attributes.

December

Tuesday, December 4

Chef:  Brian Roland, The Venue
Artist:  Andrea Beloff
Location:  The Venue, 13240 Tamiami Trail North Suite 205 in Naples

About Brian Roland
Roland is a personal chef concierge, business owner, local celebrity, and charitable entrepreneur. He is the creative drive behind Crave Culinaire’s unique approach. He brings an element of surprise, a big warm personality and an understanding and appreciation for building the perfect dining experience. As a celebrity, Roland has appeared on many local TV segments to cook for viewers on Fox 4 and WINK News. Also, he was featured on CNBC’s hit series Restaurant Startup in 2014.

About Andrea Beloff
Beloff studied fine arts from UCSB. She has been instructed by abstract painter, Emilio Vedova and influenced by Hiromi Katayama, taking classes in traditional Japanese papermaking, but her first love is painting. She enjoys the more energetic experience of expression through painting and especially palette knife painting. She works with different surfaces and ishe is bolder with a more confident in her approach. The use of color and texture through palette knife techniques is rich and exciting and the subjects coincide with current projects and personal influences. Beloff’s art became deeper and more spiritual in nature.

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February

Thursday, February 7

Chef: Bryan Sutton
Artist:  Robina Gilarranz
Location:  The Naples Art Association

About Bryan Sutton
Sutton is known as one of the best fine-dining chefs in town, able to craft many of his masterpieces without gluten and often without even carbs.

About Robina Gilarranz
Gilarranz’s creative process is to reach into the empty paper with pencils and pastels until someone reaches back. Every whimsical character and creature is an unexpected gift, telling their unique story as the drawings unfold. Her recent discovery of sculpting with wire and wool have allowed her characters to reveal themselves in 3D, confirming her belief that life never runs out of joyful adventures.

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March

Thursday, March 7

Chef: Amber Phillips, Sage Events
Artist:  Annie Bacon
Location:  The Naples Art Association

About Amber Phillips
Phillips is the owner of Sage Events and will delight any crowd with her beautifully prepared dishes. She will cater to any special diet, including gluten free, vegan, paleo, food allergies, or vegetarian options. Along with exceptional taste Sage can cater to your every need. Phillips uses the finest organic or all natural ingredients possible and her kitchen is dedicated gluten free.

About Annie Bacon
Bacon reinvents everything from food to clothes and even furniture. For nearly 40 years she has been creating stained glass artwork. Bacon uses treasures from the past in order to create decorative possibilities in everyday items.  She allows herself to be free to create whatever she can imagine.

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April

Tuesday, April 9

Chef:  Vincenzo Betulia, Chef/Partner, Osteria Tulia
Artists: Janine Wesselmann and Megan Young
Location:  The French Brasserie Rustique, 363 5th Avenue South in Naples

About Vincenzo Betulia
Betulia, whose trio of restaurants — Osteria Tulia, Bar Tulia, and The French — are often ranked among the city’s top eateries, brings a love for classic French and Italian cuisines to his menus. Betulia has won best chefs of America award in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and has been featured on Emeril’s Florida, USA Today‘s 10Best recognized as the #1 Italian restaurant in Naples, and also recommended by Forbes Travel Guide, just to name a few.

About Megan Young
Pursuing her passion for illustration, Young attended the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Drawn to the commercial side of being an artist, she started her career painting furniture for designer Mary McDonald. Once moving to Naples, she began designing and painting boutique artwork and decorative finishes for upscale clientele and has worked for more that 500 clients from Port Royal to Siesta Key. Her latest project was painting select walls at The French Brasserie Rustique.

About Janine Wesselmann
Wesselmann is known globally for her parodies of European and American social life, and has been listed in “Who’s Who of American Women” since 1983. Across four continents and four decades,Wesselmann has painted a rich and vibrant world of bazaars, cafes, island markets, the Paris Opera, intimate soirees, and dance. Her passion for painting the cultural riches of countries in Europe, Aisia, Aftica, and the US brought the enormous world-wide recognition and she was awarded the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in 1992. She was the first American woman to be accepted into the permanent Collection d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris and the Centro Culturale d’Italia, Rome.

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Thursday, April 18

Chef:  CCPS Culinary Arts scholarship recipient and mentor, Greg Shapiro, Executive Chef and Owner, Tastebuds Custom Catering
Artist: CCPS Visual Arts scholarship recipient and mentor TBD depending on student’s art medium
Location:  The Naples Art Association

About
Shapiro will be mentoring a top rated culinary art student from Collier County Public Schools. This program will provide students the opportunity to work with a top rated chef, but also an opportunity for scholarship funding. Shapiro will provide intangible culinary knowledge which is difficult to convert into specific knowledge, because cooking skills are a fine art. Diverse and sophisticated culinary skills will be cultivated through close interaction between mentors and protégés; mentors will also assist with understanding and mastering of various culinary techniques that have been refined over years through daily practice. In addition to teaching cooking skills, mentors also provide guidance in dealing with people and assist with career development.

Visual Arts Student Eligibility Requirements
To be considered by the scholarship selection committee, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
• Be an exemplary student. Have or maintain a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher.
• Be a high school senior eligible to graduate the same year as the scholarship application date.
• Be currently accepted to an accredited, postsecondary college, with a major in either visual arts, visual art education, or visual art history.

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