Dining by Design left us speechless

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-16T06:48:25-04:00 August 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|

A picture is worth a 1,000 words – and this week, we’re thankful for it, as there’s no possible way to use language to fully describe last weekend’s Dining by Design event.
Even our crack team of writers at Between The Lines is dumbfounded, trying to come up with synonyms for “amazing,” or a way to describe what it’s like to walk into a room and see Arabian Nights meets Grecian Dream meets Martha Stewart meets Frank Lloyd Wright meets the circus.
Jaw-dropping? Eye-opening? A feast for the senses? No phrase quite cuts it when thinking about the unique taste of watermelon-and-basil salad or a white chocolate pyramid, the mish-mash of colors, objects and themes that put our eyes on design overload, the awesomely crafted DJ mixes that brought even BTL publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz to the dance floor.
But it was more than just beautiful or interesting or delicious, and we’re thankful that organizers, attendees and even the heads of the Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS could see why: We made something wonderful, and we did it in Detroit.
DIFFA Executive Director David Sheppard was honest with us: he didn’t know if we had it in us to pull off a huge, high-end event like Dining by Design. Heck, he had never even been to Detroit until last weekend.
But we not only made a good impression with our city – we secured an annual event that will continue to show New York City and San Fransisco and Chicago that we are right on-par. And it’s an event that will also, lest we forget, raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the work of the Michigan AIDS Coalition.
Dining by Design was a smash hit by all accounts. Cocktails by Design/ArtWorks brought in close to 600 people to try dishes generously donated by dozens of area chefs and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. Friday allowed everyone and anyone in to see the table creations made by local design teams. And Saturday, though elite and unfortunately too costly for many, proved to be, in our humble opinion, one of the best events Michigan’s LGBT community has ever experienced.
And there was LGBT presence, too. Dining by Design brought in an even mixture of both straight and gay business owners, corporate heads and socialites, and we loved to see them mixing and mingling throughout the night at an event that surely shows that, in one way or another, we are all still in the fight against HIV/AIDS together.
So if you feel left out, know that the success of MAC, its volunteers and the many designers, event planners, florists and fashionistas has ensured that you will have another chance to be part of this spectacular event. And if you couldn’t attend, please be sure to check out photos of the event on our website and on pages 14-15 of this week’s issue of Between The Lines. They don’t quite say everything, but the capture more than our words ever could.

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Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.