Art of Dessert

Proceeds raised through the evening’s 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 $3.6 million and helped the Center to provide the enrichment of the arts to over 400,000 children.

Save The Date:

Saturday, March 30, 2019

With the help of famed North Bay pastry artists, the 15th annual fundraiser, The Art of Dessert, was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, which allows LBC to engage Sonoma County residents in the power of the arts, from world class performances to nationally-recognized education programs. Since its inception, the annual fundraiser has raised $3.6 million and helped provide the enrichment of arts to over 400,000 children.

More than 250 guests attended this year’s fundraiser, which featured live entertainment, fine dining, and one-of-a-kind confections created by some of the North Bay’s most acclaimed pastry artists. The elegant evening began with a cocktail and hors d’ouevres reception featuring silent and wine auctions, after which guests were treated to a lavish dinner provided by John Ash and Company. A live auction featured incredible local experiences, great travel packages, and much more. Entertainment was provided by Montgomery High School Jazz Band and the LBC Youth Mariachi Ensemble, both of which are beneficiaries of the LBC arts education programs that receive funding from events such as The Art of Dessert. The evening culminated with guests indulging in the one-of-a-kind cakes adorning each table.

New at this year’s event were tables hosted by the dessert competition judges, comprised of celebrity chefs and food writers, including “Food Network” star and local restauranteur Duskie Estes, Top Chef Master Douglas Keane, master chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer, “Chez Panisse Desserts” author and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Lindsey Shere, popular Sonoma County executive chef and James Beard Award finalist Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants, and acclaimed travel and food writer Matt Villano.

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, 2018


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.