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

Honoring Sherry and Pete Swayne, 2019 Arts Benefactors of the Year

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

Celebrity Chef hosted tables are for available for $5,000 (individual seats $625) with two chefs announced already – master chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer and popular Sonoma County executive chef and James Beard Award finalist Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants.  Specially selected Rodney Strong Vineyards wines and additional tantalizing courses are featured.  Engaging conversation and insight into the highly-coveted food scene experience are promised.

Sponsorship tables for individuals and businesses are $4,000 will feature selected Rodney Strong Vineyards wines and additional tantalizing courses, plus recognition in printed and online event visuals. Consider inviting clients, staff, and friends to join you in supporting the impactful work of the LBC!

LBC tables 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.

In April 2018, the 15th annual Art of Dessert raised over $400,000 and 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 more than 250 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.

Check out the 2018 list of 24 Pastry Artists who created one-of-a-kind confections: Centerpiece Art and then Delectable Desserts!

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.