Ready to Feast! The New Children's Museum to Host Two Foodie Fundraisers to Launch New Exhibit | October 10 & 12

September 27, 2013

To celebrate the launch of their newest interactive exhibit, The New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego will host two unique fundraisers, each promising an amazing culinary experience. Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food is the latest thematic exhibition that will be on display starting October 13, and will put food in a new perspective, giving guests the chance to truly engage with the artwork. Before Feast opens to the public, a VIP preview dinner will transport participants back to pre-revolution France on October 10 with the fundraising event, Feasting in Versailles, followed by a trip down the rabbit hole with Feasting in Wonderland, an annual benefit event on October 12.

Culinary Stylist for both fundraisers - Andrew Spurgin
At Feasting in Versailles on Thursday, October 10 from 5:30-10:30pm, guests will be taken back in time 300 years to the court of Louis XIV and the royal château of Palais de Versailles. This black tie event will begin with a pink carpet and champagne welcoming, and guests are encouraged to dress in periodic attire to truly embrace the spirit of the evening.

The culinary team of Chef Dawn Parks, Chef Andrew Spurgin and master mixologist Michael Esposito have put together a lineup of exquisite cuisine from renowned national and regional chefs who will prepare six-courses of delicious surprises, served in a multi-sensory theater experience designed by culinary-stylist Andrew Spurgin. Behind-the-scenes curated tours of the new exhibition Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food will also take place between bites.

During the Feasting in Versailles VIP Patron's Dinner, bid on one-of-a-kind adventures in The New Children Museum’s signature live auction, such as a VIP Tony Hawk Experience, an all inclusive trip to New York to cover Fashion Week, and a customized 10 person sleepover Night at the Museum! During this lavish event, enjoy the musical stylings of Grammy-nominated artist Sacha Boutros and beverages handpicked by Michael Esposito of Snake Oil Cocktail Company. Limited tickets to Feasting in Versailles are available for $500 and can be purchased online.  This event is 21 and over, and period-inspired constumes or black tie is preferred.

The volunteering chefs and mixologists for Feasting in Versailles are some of the best in the area and include: Michael Esposito (Snake Oil Cocktail Co.); Jack Fisher (Sea 180 & Jack Fisher’s Confections); Trey Foshee (George’s at the Cove); Gina Frieze (Venissimo Cheese); Bernard Guillas (The Marine Room); Jeff Jackson (The Lodge at Torrey Pines); Jeff Josenhans (The Grant Grill); Shane McKnight (Best Beverage Catering); Dawn Parks (The Wild Thyme Company); Javier Plascencia (Misión 19);  Patrick Ponsaty (Bellamy’s Restaurant); Amy Rusalov (The Wild Thyme Company); Andrew Spurgin (Bespoke Event Styling) and James Rauh, Andrew Karr & Paul Reiz (The WestBean).

Feasting in Wonderland is the theme for The New Children's Museum 6th Annual Benefit on Saturday, October 12 from 6-10pm. Guests will be filled with wonder and delight as they work their way through all three art-filled floors of the museum space, sampling and imbibing throughout their journey.

The culinary offerings for the evening will be donated, prepared, and served by a cadre of renowned San Diego chefs and mixologists. Each delectable offering will be paired with, and draw inspiration from, one of the 13 commissioned contemporary art pieces of the Feast exhibition. Music and entertainment will be provided by Scott MacDonald to complement guests’ culinary experience, as well as a mini-live auction and a robust silent auction that will raffle items from some of San Diego's Finest establishments.

Participating chefs and mixologists at Feasting in Wonderland include: Shihomi Borillo (Azuki Sushi); Hanis Cavin (Carnitas' Snack Shack); Michael Esposito (Snake Oil Company); Flor Franco (Indulge Contemporary); Keegan Gerhard (D Bar Restaurant); Matt Gordon (Sea & Smoke); Karrie Hills (The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar); Ryan Johnston (PrepKitchen); Sheri Karpinski (Sensational Treats); Melissa Mayer (Martini Media); Shane McKnight (Best Beverage Catering); Colin Murray (Brooklyn Girl); Denise Roa (Rancho La Puerta); Mary Kay Waters (Waters Fine Catering); Chad White (Plancha Baja Med); and Derek Jaeger, Adam Koven & Nate Ransom (The Cravory).

Tickets for The New Children's Museum 6th Annual Benefit Feasting in Wonderland are $150 for members and $175 for non-members and can be purchased online.  This is a 21 and over event and food-themed fashion or cocktail attire is encouraged.

After the duo of Feast fundraisers, the community will be invited to a free, public grand opening of the Feast exhibition on Sunday, October 13.  For more information on Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food and The New Children's Museum, visit and follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter.