Society: Fundraiser in old church offers 8-course meal

Chuck Bennett

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit kicked off its third annual Interchange Art + Dinner Series summer fundraiser on Thursday.

About 70 guests paid $250 each to support the museum while enjoying an eight-course meal masterfully prepared by Miami-based Chef Michael Beltran from Ariete. Red and white wine was poured to accompany such dishes as wood-grilled oysters with pine butter, abalone ceviche, wood-grilled trout, and Ariete short ribs with turnips.

The event gave some of Detroit’s most avid art collectors and supporters an opportunity to welcome Los Angeles- and New York-based contemporary art gallery Moran Bondaroff to Detroit and to be among the first to view its new, unforgettable space — an abandoned old Catholic church on the west side of Detroit.

On view was the exhibition “War Games,” curated by Benjamin Godsill. MOCAD’s Interchange Art + Dinner series is where selected art collectors open their homes and spaces for a range of exclusive evenings combining food, drink, and art to create truly unique experiences.

This array of unique and diverse events will unite like-minded members of the community to benefit MOCAD and the ever thriving creativity in the city of Detroit. Proceeds aid in funding MOCAD’s commitment to the presentation of forward thinking art and cultural events.

On Friday night, a sold-out crowd of over 1,800 guests attended this year’s Bravo! Bravo!, raising more than $140,000 for Michigan Opera Theatre. A new entrance placed guests in the heart of the theater upon arrival, where they enjoyed signature samples from over 30 restaurants and twice as many adult beverage distributors. Food trucks were introduced in the outdoor entertainment space.

The event also featured a video dance floor and wall with amazing performances on the main stage from the Stoli Elit Ballerinas and NuCLASSICA. Tickets to Bravo! Bravo! were $160 general admission ($250 for VIP).

Chuck Bennett is founder of and the Fox 2 Style Ambassdor.