Ten-Day Art in Food Celebration Kicks Off Oct. 21 at Toledo Museum of Art

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Long before smart phone photos, there were still lifes. Foodies had to depend on the likes of Cezanne, Chardin and Courbet to see a meal’s ingredients represented in all their ripe glory.

Food’s role as muse to artists and Instagram enthusiasts alike is being celebrated Oct. 21-30 during Art in Food at the Toledo Museum of Art. Presented by the TMA Ambassadors, the late October festivities showcase local designers, who will create tablescapes inspired by works of art in the galleries. A black tie gala, bartender battle, gourmet dinner, chef lecture and glass fashion show are among the many fundraising events planned over the ten days.

As one of the Museum’s primary auxiliary support groups, the TMA Ambassadors create events to raise money for the institution. Their most recent major venture, Art in Bloom, featured fantastical floral arrangements.

“The Ambassadors, collectively and individually, have traditionally had an affinity for cooking and entertaining,” said Cindy Rimmelin, Art in Food’s co-chair and a longtime Ambassador. “In 2001 they published the award-winning Art Fare cookbook and invested the proceeds to start a now $600,000-plus endowment which annually supports a variety of TMA programs. Art in Food is a continuation of that.”

“Coming from Philadelphia, I’ve found Toledo to be such a foodie town,” said event co-chair Colleen McGoldrick, also an Ambassador. “I’m very excited to put that in the spotlight.”

Below is a detailed listing of the Art in Food events. Tickets are available for purchase online at eventbrite.com by searching “Toledo Museum of Art” or the event name. Tickets can also be purchased in-person or by phone during Museum hours at the information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

Community Food Drive
Oct. 18-30, During Museum Hours
Museum visitors are encouraged to donate canned food for local families in need.  Donation boxes will be located at the Museum entrances and information desks; visitors can also bring donations to the Glass Pavilion Birthday Celebration on Oct. 23. Donations will be displayed in the Museum then given to local food banks.

Lecture: The White House State Dinner: Lessons in Soft Power with Chef Bill Yosses
Oct. 21: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Bill Yosses, a Toledo native and founder of Kitchen Garden Laboratory, served as the  White House executive pastry chef under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. With his insider’s perspective, he intertwines anecdotes about his time at the White House under two administrations – one Republican, one Democrat – with a discussion about how understanding the food we eat on a molecular level can help create a food-literate America. Tickets for the lecture are $10-15 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com by searching “Toledo Museum of Art” or the event name. Tickets can also be purchased in-person or by phone during Museum hours at the information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

Gala: Glass Alive! Celebrating a Decade featuring the Glass Fashion Show
Oct. 22: 7-10 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Toledo Museum of Art’s architectural gem, the Glass Pavilion, at a swanky party featuring an edgy fashion show and an auction of ten glass works of art made in the Museum’s Hot Shop. Award-winning international glass artist Laura Donefer, known for her innovative, boundary-pushing work, will lead glass artists down the catwalk during the Glass Fashion Show. Dress is black-tie optional. Tickets are $125 each for TMA members and $150 each for nonmembers, and are available via eventbrite.com by searching “Toledo Museum of Art” or the event name. Tickets can also be purchased in-person or by phone during Museum hours at the information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

FREE Glass Pavilion Birthday Celebration
Oct. 23: Noon to 5 p.m. Glass Pavilion and Grounds
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Glass Pavilion with a family-friendly celebration. Hands-on art activities, a 2 p.m. screening of “Ratatouille” and birthday cake are available for children to enjoy. A beer and wine garden, architectural talks by experts on the Glass Pavilion at 1 and 3 p.m., a book signing of the newly released publication “The Glass Pavilion”at 2 p.m., food trucks and a farmers’ market are available for adults. The event is free and open to the public.

FREE Tablescape Tours Oct. 27 and 28: 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Oct. 29 and 30: 2 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Taking their inspiration from the Toledo Museum of Art collection, local designers and artists concocted fantastical tablescapes, creative interpretations of table-for-two settings with linens, china, silverware and live floral arrangements. Docent-led discussions will make connections between the vignettes and the works of art from which they were inspired. Tablescapes are on display Oct. 27–30. Participating designers are:

Ann Strickland with Frank Viviano of Bartz Viviano
Todd Commisso of Bruce Roberts Interiors with Angel Elden of Angel 101
Tamie Tehensky of Ethan Allen
Keith Brooks of Hafner Florist
Jamie Thompson of Carriage House Antiques with Jenelle Buschur
Judy Church of Lily’s at Levis
Cheryl Howald of Myrtle Flowers
Pamela Straub of Pamela Straub Interior Design with Keith Brooks of Hafner Florist
Julie Harbal and team of Packer Creek Pottery
Paula Brown of the Paula Brown Shop with Angel Elden of Angel 101
Camela Nitschke of The Ribbonry with Lia Calipietro of Loden Floral Design
Mary Beth Lorenzen of Schramm’s
Lin Geiman of Swesey Florist
Janine Ody-Miller of Cristallo Architectural Glass with Stephanie Johnstone
Colleen Brannan of Beautiful Blooms by Jen
Dave Urbank of the Toledo Museum of Art

Bartender Battle: Mixed! hosted by Circle 2445
Oct. 27: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
The area’s best local bartenders face off to see who can make the most inspired drink. Tickets are $30 each for Circle 2445 members and $40 each for nonmembers, and are available via eventbrite.com by searching “Toledo Museum of Art” or the event name. Tickets can also be purchased in-person or by phone during Museum hours at the information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

Taste of the Arts: Dinner Under Glass
Oct. 28: 6:30-10 p.m., GlasSalon
Museum Chef Joe Felix and Curator Jutta Page present a five-course gourmet dinner inspired by the Museum’s glass collection. A wine sommelier will serve each course’s paired wine. Dress is black-tie optional. Tickets are $200 each for TMA members and $225 each for nonmembers, and are available via eventbrite.com by searching “Toledo Museum of Art” or the event name. Tickets can also be purchased in-person or by phone during Museum hours at the information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

Art in Food is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and Rudolph Libbe.


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