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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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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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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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Tuesday, May 7

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



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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