‘Continental’ dinner series benefits Cummer Gardens reconstruction

The first of three unique dinner parties to benefit reconstruction of the Cummer Gardens, heavily damaged in September  2017 by Hurricane Irma, was held Jan. 11 to a sold-out crowd of 180 diners.

La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life – began with a VIP tour of art selected to complement the seated, family-style Italian dining experience. Chicken caprese and a porcini mushroom and veal ragu were the offered entrée choices.

Sponsors included Jim and Joan Van Vleck, Inspired Palates Dinner Series Presenting Sponsor; Lory Doolittle, Helen Lane, Joannie and Russell Newton, Italian Dinner Partners; Carolyn M. Lindsay, Mary Pietan, Tom and Stephanie Welchans, Italian Dinner Underwriters.

“The Dinner Party series is a wonderful way to gather the Cummer family to support the museum and help the reconstruction of our beloved historic gardens,” said Joannie Newton. “It was lovely to see long-time and new supporters at this new event!”

This first benefit, in honor of the Cummer’s Italian Garden, will be followed by “British Invasion,” an English dinner party, Thursday, Feb. 15, and “South Hampton,” a New York dinner party on Thursday, Mar. 15.

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