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 $4 million and helped the Center to provide the enrichment of the arts to over 440,000 children.

Thank you to our dessert sponsors:

Business Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the LBC continue to transform lives while increasing awareness of your business and highlighting your company’s commitment to the community.  Details provided here (link to document).  For more information or answers to your questions, please contact Janet Rogers at or 707.800.7522.

LBC tables for eight are $2,000 (individual seats $250) are available for purchase by all in the LBC community who value the power of the arts, from world class performances to nationally-recognized education programs.

Tickets and tables can be purchased now by calling Susanne at 707.800.7505 or emailing

Check out the 2019 list of 17 Pastry Artists who created one-of-a-kind confections: Centerpiece Art and then Delectable Desserts!

In April 2019, the 16th annual Art of Dessert raised over $450,000 and featured live entertainment, fine dining, and a dessert competition that included the North Bay’s most acclaimed pastry artists.  The elegant evening began with a cocktail and hors d’ouevres reception on the Marcia and Greg Nelson Grand Plaza featuring silent and wine auctions. 300 guests were treated to a lavish dinner prepared by Pacific Connections. A live auction featuring unique local experiences and great travel packages was followed by a performance by the LBC Mariachi Ensemble. Entertainment was provided by the LBC Youth Mariachi Ensemble. After incredibly generous gifts to the LBC Arts and Education Fund which helps make the numerous and impactful LBC Education Through the arts programs possible, the evening culminated with indulgence in the one-of-a-kind confections adorning each table.

Sample photos of the cakes from The Art of Dessert, 2019.

Highlights from The Art of Dessert, 2019


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

Over the last seventeen years of The 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 Susan and Lawrence Amaturo, Gayle and Arnie Carston, The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation, Tom Freeman, The Klein Family and Rodney Strong Vineyards, Lytton Rancheria and the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, Marcia and Gary Nelson, Evert Person, Susan and Alan Seidenfeld, Sherry and Pete Swayne, Henry Trione, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Founding Families of the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation.

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