Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to present Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series. This exciting series of dinners will raise funds to aid in the reconstruction of the historic Cummer Gardens, which were significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma. So clutch your pearls, fill your glasses, and join the Cummer Museum for this avant-garde series of dinners that will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies.

Mr. and Mrs. Cummer were known to be legendary hosts, and this is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the culture and history of the places that inspired the beautiful gardens. The series includes three dinners, one for each historic garden space. All Dinner Party guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful moments, and a gourmet dining experience.

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.


Join us for a single dinner:

(SOLD OUT for the 1.11.18 Italian Dinner and the 3.15.18 New York Dinner)

VIP - $250 - SOLD OUT

General - Members $150, Non-Members $175

Young Professional (40 and under) - Members $100, Non-Members $125


The fair market value of each ticket is $75. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.


Thursday, January 11 | La Dolce Vita: An Italian Dinner Party



Thursday, February 15 | British Invasion: An English Dinner Party

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Thursday, March 15 | "South" Hampton: A New York Dinner Party



Inspired Palates Dinner Series Presenting Sponsor: Jim and Joan Van Vleck

Inspired Palates Sponsors: 

Inspired Palates Partners: Lory Doolittle; Helen Lane; Joannie and Russell Newton

Inspired Palates Underwriters: Patricia and James Bent; Carolyn M. Lindsay; Mary Pietan; David and Elaine Strickland; Tom and Stephanie Welchans

Special Gifts: Kenyon and Craig Merritt; Walter and Cornelia Smithwick

In-Kind Sponsors: Chef's Garden Catering & Events; CYPRESS creative floral design; Mark Grandin Events; Resident Community News; Richard Skinner & Pattie Houlihan; The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company; Triumph Club of North Florida; Wingard Creative