On Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, Queens Council on the Arts reinvented itself as a catwalk for couture and cuisine to raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund at Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City and presented the first Moveable Feast Artist Dinner, Hemlines & Waistlines: An evening where Couture meets Cuisine / An experience where Ready-To-Wear meets Ready-To-Eat featuring Queens Artist Mark Salinas and Celebrity Chef Dave Martin.
The event raised close to $20,000 surpassing its original goal of $10,000. The overall goal of The Moveable Feast Artist Dinner Series is $35,000. The proceeds will support scholarships for students participating in the High School to Art School Portfolio Development Program.
Visual Artist Mark Salinas curated an edible evening of fashion, with guest presentations from NYC designers and fashion personalities. Signature looks, outrageous trends, and all-time favorites were shared in this intimate dining setting, inspired a multi-course menu never before seen on any runway. Celebrity Chef Dave Martin, Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season One Finalist, cut, cooked, and styled the delicious food and drink presentations inspired by fashion such as pan roasted jumbo sea scallops and Coca Cola braised boneless beef short ribs; inspired by Albertus Swanepoel’s millinery work and 20th Century American Designer Charles James’ ball gowns, respectively.
The six presenters whose invaluable work in the field of fashion and the community provided inspiration to Top Chef Dave Martin’s culinary dishes.
- Dean Simon Collins, Parsons School of Design
- Andrae Gonzalo, Project Runway All-Stars
- Albertus Swanepoel, Albertus Swanepoel LLC
- Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, 26th District
- Jan Reeder, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute
- Yvette Helin, Yvette Helin Studio
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