art of food

Guests enjoyed artfully prepared food, like this oyster appetizer, at a previous Art of Food event.


Food and art are eternally intertwined. In fact, food has been the subject of art since nearly the beginning of time, and seeing food as an art form has been increasing in popularity over the past few decades.

Who can resist a beautifully plated entree or dessert, with the textures and colors working in harmony with the serving pieces? Presenting food in an artistic manner elevates it and makes it more appealing to many.

That’s where The Art of Food comes in. The signature fundraising event for Glynn Visual Arts combines the love of food, and the love of art for an evening of unparalleled beauty and pleasure, beginning with a cocktail reception at the art center at 106 Island Drive, on St. Simons Island, and concluding with a multi-course dinner at Georgia Sea Grill. The event takes place on Jan. 27.

Susan Ryles, executive director of GVA, says her organization has worked hard to create the event, now in its third year.

“We have worked very hard to provide a special experience that highlights not only the visual art we offer in our galleries, but celebrates the elevation of high quality, thoughtfully grown and sourced food, expert food preparation and presentation, as well as beverage pairing to an art form,” she explained. “In this way, food can be thought of as a medium with the chef acting as artist to create a pleasurable ephemeral and nutritious experience.”

The evening will begin with guests arriving at 5:30 p.m. at Glynn Visual Arts for “The Art of the Cocktail,” sponsored by Golden Isles Olive Oil Co. and Four Roses Bourbon. Allison Nunis Firth, former mixologist with Halyards, will lead attendees through tips and preparation of specialty cocktails, with samples to be served.

“Donna MacPherson, with Golden Isles Olive Oil Co. will accompany the artful cocktails with a delicious chacuterie” said Ryles. “Live entertainment will be provided by Phil Morrison and friends, and we will have a raffle for fabulous art and food-related prizes.”

Around 6:30 p.m. guests will board the Colonial Trolley and head to Georgia Sea Grill, where everyone will enjoy a four-course meal and wine pairings from Georgia Distributors.

Chef Tim Lensch will prepare the food, and provide informative talks prior to each course. And Brian Henderson, of Georgia Distributors will give educational briefings on each wine served. The menu, at press time, remained a surprise.

Events like The Art of Food are interesting to people, especially with the rise in popularity of cooking shows, and the public’s increased awareness of food, beverages, and the overall dining experience.

“I definitely think that folks are much more aware of how their food is prepared, grown and sourced as well as being hyper-aware of the aesthetics of how it is presented due to the proliferation of cooking shows,” said Ryles. “The shows are educating people on the skills, ingredients, chemistry, tools and artistry required to prepare delicious, aesthetically pleasing foods.”

Tickets are $150 per person, $250 for two, and $700 for a six-person table, and attire is cocktail/festive.

For details and tickets, call 912-638-8770 or visit,