Top names from the worlds of food, fashion and the fine arts will come together at a Long Island City restaurant on Feb. 3 in an evening that is not only likely to please the senses but raise money for scholarships for area students.
The event, billed as “Hemlines & Waistlines: A Queens Council on the Arts Moveable Feast Artist Dinner,” will feature the cuisine of Dave Martin, a “Top Chef” season one finalist, and fashion designs by longtime Sunnyside resident Mark Salinas.
“We wanted to put together local Queens artists with local food artists,” explained Jacqueline de Dios, development manager at QCA, who wondered, “What kind of creativity could come out?” She said “a lot of brainstorming” followed.
The concept will find seven fashion designers and personalities presenting creations from “their own line or their dad’s old work boots that inspired them or their mother’s closet that inspired them,” Salinas said. The artists will unveil “their own personal symbol from their own creativity.”
Each presentation will inspire a course on the menu, with the textures, patterns or, perhaps, origins of the designs, all reflected in the cuisine.
Enter celebrity chef Martin, whose appearances on “Top Chef” quickly made him a fan favorite. He will be whipping up the menu for the evening, though details are being kept under wraps.
But, Salinas promised, this will be “a fashion show where the food is the star.”
All proceeds, according to de Dios, will benefit the High School to Art School Portfolio Development Program.
The program is aimed at “developing and fostering an in-depth understanding of art, while guiding New York City high school students through the art college application process,” according to QCA’s website.
De Dios said the dinner will benefit current juniors and seniors in high schools around Queens and throughout the city. The majority of the scholarship recipients will be public school students from low-income, minority families.
So far, throughout its 10-year history, the HS2AS program has helped over 800 students reach their goal of attending art colleges, according to the website.
Salinas has himself been the recipient of two QCA grants, the latest for a large mural he created with members of the Sunnyside/Woodside Boys and Girls Club on a wall that “was overrun with vandalism. It’s worked out wonderfully,” he said.
The evening where couture meets cuisine will show that “fine arts, fashion and food are all related. This event will celebrate creativity here in Queens,” he said.