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ArtsWestchester’s Biggest House Party of the Year Returns May 16 Featuring Over 20 Top Chefs and Restaurants Celebrating the Arts at ArtsBash
ArtsBash Events Feature Creative Cuisine, Open Artist Studios, “Modern Families” Photo Exhibit, and Kids Arts Activities as Part of Annual Celebration of the Arts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 1, 2019) – Join ArtsWestchester’s biggest house party of the year and enjoy an evening of food, fun and art featuring Chef David DiBari, Restaurateur John Crabtree, “Restaurant Hunter” Rob Petrone and over 20 of the area’s hottest restaurants as they come together for this year’s ArtsBash party on Thursday, May 16, from 6-9 p.m.
The Family ArtsBash celebration will follow on Saturday, May 18, from 1-5 p.m., featuring a day of affordable, hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Festivities will take place throughout ArtsWestchester’s historic building, located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains.
“The chance to explore ArtsWestchester’s nine-story building filled with artists’ studios and galleries while sampling food and drink from some of the lower Hudson Valley’s finest purveyors is an opportunity not to be missed,” said Honorary Chair Rob Petrone, Host and Executive Producer of “Restaurant Hunter” on Verizon FiOS1 News, Lower Hudson Valley. “The space is huge and fun to explore — yet there’s this very personal touch to all of it. In the course of a few hours, you really feel like you get to know this creative community we have in Westchester through food and art.”
Throughout the building, open artist studios will provide a unique opportunity to interact with some of the county’s most creative forces. The exhibition Modern Families, which explores the diverse representations of “family,” will serve as the party backdrop in the main gallery, featuring photographs by 11 artists, anchored by the work of Harlem Renaissance legend James Van Der Zee. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: artsw.org/artsbash.
“ArtsBash is the all-access, behind-the-scenes cultural party of the year,” said ArtsBash Co-Chair Karen Greenspan.
Chef David DiBari is one of Westchester’s hottest chefs, fresh off the opening of his latest restaurant, Eugene’s Diner & Bar in Port Chester. He is also the visionary behind The Cookery, The Parlor and the Rare Bit in Dobbs Ferry. Restaurateur John Crabtree, meanwhile, is the founder behind the beloved Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn in Chappaqua. Together with Rob Petrone, the three have been a driving force in rallying restaurateurs from throughout Westchester to celebrating the art of food at this year’s ArtsBash on Thur., May 16th.
Family ArtsBash continues the county’s coolest cultural celebration with child-friendly art workshops and performances throughout the building on Saturday, May 18. Bring your children of all ages to enjoy a day of hands-on arts activities, music, face painting and so much more.
The 2019 ArtsBash is a fundraiser to support the programs and services of ArtsWestchester co-chaired by Karen and Andrew Greenspan, Pat and Jim Houlihan, Rob Petrone, David DiBari and John Crabtree.
List of participating eateries & beverage partners:
Cambria Hotels & Suites · Falafel-Taco · La Bocca Ristorante · Toma Artisanal Bloody Mary Mix · Baked by Susan · Boro6 Wine Bar · Captain Lawrence Brewery · Crabtree’s Kittle House ·
O Mandarin · The Pub at Empire City Casino · The Rare Bit · The Twisted Oak · The Whitlock · Tower Isles Jamaican Patties · Tru Juice · StilltheOne Distillery Two, LLC · Coffee Labs Roasters · KAS Spirits · Karenderya · Lulu Cake Boutique · Penny Lick Ice Cream Company · Texas de Brazil · Blaze Pizza · Decadent Ales · Tre Angelina · 19 Court · Brother Jimmy’s BBQ · Captain Lawrence Brewery · Gristmill Distillers · Lola’s Mexican Kitchen · Maura’s Kitchen · Nahmias et Fils · The Little Beet
For more than 50 years ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965 it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership vision and support to ensure the availability accessibility and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998 ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.