Artful dining

Washburn University

TOPEKA — Artful Dining is a new annual series of gatherings to benefit the Mulvane Art Museum. 11 hosts have been recruited for the 2009 events. The line-up of both homes and artists will satisfy food and fine art tastes alike.

Proceeds from Artful Dining 2009 events and artwork sales benefit the exhibition and education programs at the Mulvane Art Museum. All costs are underwritten by the event hosts. Your total payment for an event is a tax-deductible gift to the Museum. 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale of artwork supports the Mulvane Art Museum and is tax deductible. Artful Dining is organized by the Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Mulvane Art Museum office at 785-670-1124. Sunset at Sherwood, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25Enjoy an autumn evening at the lakeside home of Steve and Mary Hutchinson where you will experience festive cocktails and hors d’oeurves as the sun sets over Lake Sherwood. Larry Peters and Barbara Waterman Peters are the featured artists. 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, 6748 SW Aylesbury Road, Topeka. $60 per person. Limit 50 guests. Brunch on the Plaza, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27Brunch on the Plaza will feature works from the talented artists of the Topeka Art Guild and eclectic fare, such as sweets from the Copper Oven, Classic Bean blintzes, El Mezcal Margaritas, specials from Kiku’s, Dillon’s, Juice Stop and the Kitchen Gallery. Hosted by Randy Austin and Fairlawn Shopping Center Plaza. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2114 SW Chelsea Drive, Topeka. $35 per person. Limit 75 guests. Kansas Prairie, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17Come celebrate the prairie inspired works of art by local artist Cally Krallman in the lovely Westboro home of Mike and Katy Franklin. You will dine on delectable edibles while listening to music from Prairie Glimpses. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 3200 SW Westover Road, Topeka. $60 per person. Limit 100 guests. Fantastic Fall Fare with a Twist, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13Sip award winning California wines as you savor a variety of edible and artistic creations throughout a unique Topeka home. The wooded setting is a perfect autumn venue to enjoy new paintings and drawings by Mike Henry and visit with special guest artist Patrick Dougherty, who will be building a sculpture for the Museum in November. This event is hosted by Richard Ross, Lora Carlson, Kevin Eaton and Ken and Jeanne Bertelson. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13,2600 SW Randolph Court, Topeka. $75 per person. Limit 40 guests. Artful Dining Committee members are Mary Hutchinson (chairwoman), Konni Flynn, Lynda Miller, Phyllis Dvorak, Jeanne Bertelson and Marion Cott.