Art of Dessert

Proceeds raised through the evenings silent, wine and live auctions benefit the Center’s Education and Community Engagement programs, which include free and discounted tickets for low-income and at-risk children, subsidies for student transportation to performances, musical instruments loaned free of charge to children who cannot afford to rent or buy them, in-classroom student workshops with artists, and professional development courses for teachers.
 Since its inception in 2003, The Art of Dessert has generated more than $3.2 million and helped the Center to provide the enrichment of the arts to almost 400,000 children.

Save The Date:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Exciting NEW opportunity – CELEBRITY TABLES

We are excited to offer Celebrity-hosted tables of eight. This is your opportunity to have dinner with an interesting, engaging, and talented celebrity who shares your enthusiasm for the LBC and has highly-coveted experience in the food scene. Specially selected Rodney Vineyards wines will be served. Each guest will receive a signed book from the host to take home in addition to memories of priceless conversations.

Hosts include:

Charlie Palmer, master chef and hospitality entrepreneur whose culinary expertise and business acumen has supported fourteen notable restaurants and award-winning boutique hotels across the country, and is an American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame “Celebrated Chef.”

Mark Stark, executive chef and, along with his wife Terri, owner of six wildly successful restaurants in Sonoma. Mark’s restaurants have consistently earned top accolades and praise including San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant status (Willi’s Wine Bar and Bravas), Michelin Bib Gourmand (Monti’s, Willi’s Wine Bar), and Travel + Leisure Top 20 US Tapas Restaurants (Bravas).

Lindsey Shere, original pastry chef for Alice Water’s Chez Panisse and author of Chez Panisse Desserts—an integral part of Alice’s team that was credited in the New York Times with “revolutionizing American cooking in the 70’s and 80’s”.

Douglas Keane, chef/proprietor of Two Birds/One Stone in St Helena, Healdsburg Bar & Grill, and the critically acclaimed Cyrus (get the inside story on its return)… Michelin Star, San Francisco Chronicle Top 100, Top Chef, James Beard Award winner… the accolades go on and on.

Matt Villano, freelance journalist and author. Villano is a regular contributor to CNN Travel, AFAR, Family Fun, and Alaska Airlines magazine, and he writes a twice-monthly column about kindness for The Healdsburg Tribune. He also has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and Entrepreneur (to name a few). Villano covers a variety of topics, including travel, business, parenting, education, science, food, and—seriously—gambling.  His favorite subject to write about: whales.

Duskie Estes, co-chef owner with her husband, John Stewart, of highly lauded Zazu Kitchen + Farm and Black Pig Meat Co. in Sebastopol—James Beard, Michelin, San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Spectator.  Named Queen of Pork by Aspen Food & Wine and a fierce competitor on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, she currently judges Guy’s Grocery Games.

Check out the list of 24 Pastry Artists creating one-of-a-kind confections: Centerpiece Art and then Delectable Desserts!
See their cake creations in our photo gallery from The Art of Dessert event!

Highlights from The Art of Dessert, 2017


For more information contact Susanne Esquivel in the Development Office at 707.800.7505.

Over the last fifteen years of Art of Dessert, we have had the opportunity to recognize individuals, foundations, and corporations as Arts Benefactor of the Year.  We gratefully remember and honor Gayle and Arnie Carston; The Ernest L. and Ruth Finley Foundation; Tom and Betty Freeman; the Klein Family and Rodney Strong Vineyards; Lytton Rancheria, Lytton Band of Pomo Indians; Marcia and Gary Nelson and the Nelson Family of Companies; Evert and Norma Person; Alan and Susan Seidenfeld; Wells Fargo Bank; and the Founding Families of Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation.