Tonight (last night since it is after midnight?) was Young Audiences’ fundraiser/gala, A Taste of the Arts. There were five stations set up in a theater, with decorations, a performing artist and food from a different country/region: Africa, India, Europe, America, China. When you entered, you got a “passport” that you could get stamps in. Silent auction, live auction, artist and student performance, dessert and champagne. It was well attended, better than past fundraisers, in part because our honoree is active in the arts community but also the business community, and lots of people on his rolodex attended. Plus, two of the people on the committee were just awesome.
Students from the ACCE (don’t remember what this stands for, but it’s an afterschool program in the inner city) performed with Ssuuna, an African dance and drum artist (he’s a master teacher, amazing, you can check out one of his songs on iTunes if you search by his name). The kids were incredible and got a standing ovation.
I bid on two things that I was interested in during the silent auction — a gorgeous bead necklace and a goodie bag from Trader Joe’s, but didn’t win either. I put a starting bid on a big pot with a bunch of “gourmet” kitchen utensils, thinking someone else would pick it up. Nope. So I now have a bunch of stuf that I’ll probably never use. Although a couple of things, like the wine saver and the exopat baking sheet will probably see some use.
There was a ring toss, too, onto empty wine bottles. I managed to toss a ring around the neck of a bottle, so I won a bottle of wine 🙂
For Beth, who likes to know what people ate, I had samples of: strawberry salad (yum), seared tuna, a meat pie/tart made of ground lamb and beef with beer, honey, nutmeg and other good stuff (also yum), a Senegalese dish of chicken and onions, and chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. The cake tasted good, but the best part of it was the decoration — the decorator took one of the invitations and reproduced it in icing. The place that made the Senegalese dish is a new place in my neighborhood — gotta check it out.