“We’re a city that creates things,” said Jonathan Legate to the crowd at Tuesday night’s Dine by Design East media launch event. Legate is a co-founder of the event and a prominent member of the design community in Halifax. It was invigorating to hear him speak briefly at NSCAD seaport campus about the inspiration behind helping create this particular event, for our city, which is gearing up for its second edition later this month.
Presented by East Coast Living magazine, Dine by Design East is an affair where the art of design is paired with the art of food. Dubbed a “lifestyle event” by organizers, this year it has expanded into a four-day experience, integrating fashion and workshops, alongside design and culinary expression. Suzanne Saul of Attica Furnishings, the other co-founder of the event, will be working alongside Atlantica Hotel Halifax chef Luis Clavel on an Avant Garde Cuisine seminar, happening on November 1.
For the gala event on October 30 at Olympic Gardens, 10 local chefs are paired up with 10 Nova Scotia designers for a stunning sensory experience. At each booth, guests will sample three or four hors d’oeuvres that were created by the chef, and inspired by the design partner’s space. Other elements to the gala evening include drink sampling by Garrison Brewing, Ironworks Distillery, Picaroons Traditional Ales, and Petite Rivière Vineyards, a “bubble bar” designed by Heather Waugh Pitts, and a silent auction.
All the funds raised from this event support NSCAD’s design program, through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Harkins, a long-time editor of East Coast Living, passed away from cancer in 2012. Last year the first edition of Dine by Design East raised $20,000 for the scholarship fund.
Events like this “bring artists here, and keep artists here,” said Legate on Tuesday. They also help grow local artists, with the first scholarship being awarded to a Nova Scotia design student this winter. For full event and ticket details visit Dine by Design East’s website.
Check out more photos from the media event in the gallery below! (Including tacos by Habaneros!)