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Dinners a l’ Art succeeds as a benefit for the Durham Arts Council because of the generosity of individuals and organizations who donate 100% of the resources and services to make these dinners possible. We are tremendously grateful to the featured artists, hosts, chefs, caterers and sponsors listed.

From the entire DAC Board of Trustees, thank you for supporting DAC and the arts in Durham.

There are some great events coming in 2017. Please check back here often for details or JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get email updates on events and more.

2017 Trinity Park Art and Architecture Progressive Dinner

Amazing food and stunning private art collections at three historic Trinity Park homes…and all within walking distance!

Saturday December 2, 2017, 5:00–9:30.

Tickets are SOLD OUT.

Thank you to our sponsors of the Trinity Park Progressive Dinner:

Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham for hosting this culinary series and their generosity.

Situated in the historic American Tobacco District, their campus, which opened in 2008, is a vibrant area complete with outdoor waterfalls, outdoor lounging and studying areas, and an overall creative vibe which matches the unbridled creativity of their students.

Their programs are focused on creative careers featuring Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary.

We encourage you to visit the campus and see their creative learning environment first-hand.

Be sure to visit the campus at 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or online

A big thank you the Little Dipper for providing the appetizers. The atmosphere is warm, energetic, colorful and will make you feel at home from the moment you step foot in the door. Fondue is an experience, meant to be enjoyed slowly with friends, family and loved ones all sharing one common pot for cooking. Many customers have commented that it's the only time they are able to step away from life, slow down and enjoy good conversation with the one they're with.

They have friendly, outgoing servers who are able to guide you throughout the evening as you enjoy the fondue adventure. Come soon and get hooked!

Be sure to visit them at 905 West Main Street, Suite 21A, Durham, NC 27701 or online.

Thank you to the Blue Note Grill for providing the entrée for this event. The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle’s premier live-music venues, complete with full-service restaurant and bar. Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill was voted by readers of the INDY as Best Place in the Triangle 2017 to hear Blues and finalist for Best Place to hear Bluegrass. And the barbeque and ribs are second to none!

Be sure to visit them at 709 Washington Street, Durham, NC 27701 or online.


a l' ART Culinary Series

sponsored by The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham to support Durham Arts Council

Tickets On Sale Now! Click here to purchase tickets or call 919-560-2707

Tickets are $65 per single ticket or $100 for two tickets.

For the Love of Chocolate Truffles

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Classes at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham kitchens on the American Tobacco Campus.

Learn how to make scrumptious chocolate truffles and become a home chocolatier before the chocolate gift-giving holiday, Valentine’s Day. You will receive professional tips and tricks on how to make industry standard hand rolled truffles with ease. Flavors include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and peanut butter and white chocolate mint.

A Serving of Kitchen Savvy

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Classes at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham kitchens on the American Tobacco Campus.

This class helps the home chef kick it up a notch by learning basic skills and techniques the professionals use in the industry. Knife care, common and unique knife cuts and mise en place make up the introduction demonstration in this class. Students will then learn how to properly break down a chicken, create an airline breast cut and turn these items into a delicious meal based on what is in season. Bring an apron and come prepared for some fun. Also, feel free to bring your own chef and/or boning knife if you have your favorites.

A Tour of the Mediterranean

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Classes at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham kitchens on the American Tobacco Campus.

This class highlights the rich culinary history along with many popular regional ingredients, cooking techniques and dishes of the Middle East. Learn to identify the very same ingredients used in class at local grocery stores and markets. Students prepare, taste, serve, and evaluate traditional, regional dishes. Menu will be based on seasonal availability of foods.

Click here to purchase tickets or call 919-560-2707

Tickets include:

  • Three-hour hands-on cooking class (special wines or alcohol provided if applicable)
  • A personal introduction from one of the chefs and a full walk-through of all the dishes on the menu.
  • Demonstrations given on any special techniques that will be used to make the recipes.
  • A recipe packet with all the recipes prepared so you can recreate the tastes in your own kitchen.
  • The chance to eat your tasty creations!

These events benefit the Durham Arts Council.

All courses are suitable for those 21 years of age or older.
Every participant must complete a waiver of liability and release.
* All menu items subject to change.


The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham’s Culinary Team:

About Chef Leslie Eckert:

Chef Leslie (Les) Eckert, active in the culinary industry for 23 years, is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and Certified Culinary Educator. Chef Eckert has a BA in Culinary Management and a MBA with an emphasis in Hospitality Management. She has been an active member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) since 1992, was named ACF’s National Chef Educator of the Year in 2013 and Southeast Regional Pastry Chef of the Year in 2014 and inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2015.

Chef Eckert’s previous work experiences have encompassed pastry and baking work in fine dining establishments, an artisan bread bakehouse and a Marriott convention hotel. In 2002, Chef Eckert started additional endeavors that included her own dessert catering business, Simply Decadent, and teaching pastry classes at Publix Aprons Cooking School and private venues. Joining The Art Institute of Tampa in 2007, Chef Eckert began teaching entry and advanced level Pastry Art classes as a Chef Instructor for the school’s Baking and Pastry Diploma and Associates Degree programs. Chef Eckert relocated to Durham, North Carolina in 2014 to join The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham as Academic Director for the Culinary and Pastry Arts programs. Taking pride in her community, Les supports such charities and organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Great American Teach-In, American Culinary Federation and ProStart Culinary.

About Chef John Boretti:

Chef Boretti has been cooking since he was four years old. He comes from a family that was an integral part of the foundation of French Cuisine in America. His grandfather worked for fifteen years under Henri Soulé at Le Pavillon and was the co-owner of La Caravelle, La Crémaillière and Le Poulailler in New York. He spent his formative years steeped in a rich culinary tradition of fine dining and no compromise on quality. In 2001, he won a scholarship to attend a program sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission called “Cucina e Cultura,” exposing him to an intensive study on Italian culture and its regional cuisine.

Chef Boretti holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America, and a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts Management from The Culinary Institute of America. He is also certified in cake decorating using the Wilton Method. Chef Boretti is also a National Restaurant Association Certified Instructor and Proctor. He is certified to teach and administer the ServSafe Food Protection Manager course and proctor exams. Chef Boretti has more than 19 years of experience in Culinary Arts, including seven years as a culinary instructor. He has been on the faculty of The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham since 2016, where he is responsible for The District, the school’s student run restaurant.

Durham Arts Council sincerely thanks The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham for hosting this culinary series and their generosity.

Situated in the historic American Tobacco District, their campus, which opened in 2008, is a vibrant area complete with outdoor waterfalls, outdoor lounging and studying areas, and an overall creative vibe which matches the unbridled creativity of their students.

Their programs are focused on creative careers featuring Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary.

We encourage you to visit the campus and see their creative learning environment first-hand.

Be sure to visit the campus at 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or online.


There are some great events coming in 2017. Please check back here often for details or JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to get email updates on events and more.

We wish you bon appetit!

Click here to view previous Dinners a l’Art events. They included rare opportunities to celebrate some of Durham’s incredible artists, remarkable homes, landmarks and beloved food.

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