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.
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.
Tuesday, May 7
Culinary Arts Student: Keilin Stefan – Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, CCPS Culinary Arts scholarship recipient
Mentor: Greg Shapiro, Executive Chef & Owner, Tastebuds Custom Catering
Visual Arts Student: Laura Albertorio – Gulf Coast High School, CCPS Visual Arts scholarship recipient
Mentor: Juan Diaz
Proceeds from the evening will be awarded to both students to help further their education in the culinary and visual arts.
About Greg Shapiro
As executive chef and owner of Tastebuds, Shapiro is dedicated to creating incredible custom menus for every event. His culinary passion, commitment to innovative flavors and love of challenges are an integral part of what Tastebuds is all about. All of his culinary experience was gained from observing and working with talented local chefs. His beginnings as a chef can be traced back to preparing meals at home growing up and in his high school home economics class—that’s where the Tastebuds name was born! Outside of the Tastebuds kitchen, Shapiro also enjoys attending and educating at catering seminars and conferences, sharing with others in the industry and learning about new trends.
About Juan Díaz
Diaz is a Colombian born, contemporary visual artist that resides in Naples. Diaz has used painting and drawing to explore and expose the complexities of life seeking freedom, respect, and equality. He recently added to his creative outlets, performing art and installation, using them to investigate the relationships between life and death. Diaz’s work shows his need to break away from the comfort zone and is the reflection of constant search to express his process of understanding the human experience. His work has been included in important exhibitions at The Baker Museum, The Naples Depot Museum and Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as the Alliance for the Arts. Diaz was the recipient of Southwest Florida 2013 FACE Award for Culture & Arts awarded by Gulfshore Business magazine and the 1999 Porter Goss Award.
About Keilin Stefan
Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, CCPS Culinary Arts scholarship recipient, Chef-in-Training
My father inspired me to work in the kitchen. He taught me how to cook and bake. I started baking as a business my sophomore year of high school. I brought cookies in from a previous class celebration and my classmates auctioned off the two cookies I had left. I continued to sell my cookies at school until I decided to move to Lorenzo Walker Technical High School. I joined Lorenzo Walker’s Culinary Arts program and I will graduate with a Certificate in Culinary Arts as well as a High School Diploma. I plan to attend Florida International University this fall. I would like to major in Hospitality management and minor in something business related. I also hope to study abroad so I can gain experience from other cultures and try new foods. One of the biggest programs Florida International University has is in China. Once I graduate I have planned to open up my own bakery and café named Sweet n’ Salty Bakery. I also have a few ideas for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, and fine dining restaurants. I am happy to be chosen to participate in the Dinner With Artists and I hope I will learn a lot from this experience.
About Laura Albertorio
Laura Albertorio has been involved with her National Art Honor Society for two years. Just recently, she was introduced to the Naples Art Association through their Opera In Art exhibition, where she received first place, and she is excited to be involved in Diner With Artist and future NAA events. She has also been a part of Naples Chalk Art on 5th since sixth grade and enjoys collaborating with her friends. Her favorite medium to use is colored pencils and markers. Last summer, Laura spent six weeks at the Rhode Island School of Design taking pre-college courses in animation, drawing, art history, and design, in order to better prepare her for art-college. After High school, she plans to move up to New York to attend Pratt Institute to pursue a major in Illustration.