QCA Dinner Takes Tour of Senses

Staff Writer

Queens Council on the Arts will host a dinner that mixes dance and food in the second Moveable Feast Artist Dinner Series, which will raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund.

The dinner, “Senses Transports,” will take place on March 10 and will feature meals that focus on a world of heightened senses with artist Emily Berry and Chef Gianna Cerbone-Teoli.

Participants will experience all five senses as they are moved through a multi-course meal that places them in a performance space with dancers, a violinist and a chef.

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director at QCA, said it is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with how food links to your senses.

“The dancer will move the guests through their five senses,” Krakauer said. “So each one of your senses will anchor the experiences of the food.”

For example, one of the courses will be experienced through a blindfold and another will be experienced through the movement of the violin.

Krakauer said she expects the guests to come out of the dinner as changed people.

“The whole point is to really have you truly appreciate your senses and what art can bring,” she said.

The purpose of this dinner, as well as the other three dinners part of the Moveable Feast Artist Dinner series, is to raise funds to support students participating in the High School to Art School Portfolio Development program, which gives underserved high school juniors and seniors the ability to attend nationwide art colleges by closing the gap of their financial assistance for their first year of college.

With an overall goal of $35,000 from the dinner series, they have raised $20,000 from the first dinner that took place in January.

The dinner will take place at Manducatis Rustica Restaurant, located at 46-33 Vernon Blvd., LIC. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $150.

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Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128,, or @Tsakhuja13.