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"Dining by Design" 20th Anniversary Events April 30-May 1, 2010.


This year's 20th Anniversary events promise to be among the biggest, brightest and best events ever!  DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) has created a fundraiser that features some of the region’s most talented design artists from the areas of visual arts, fashion, architecture, interior design and more, all coming together to celebrate the arts of fine dining and fundraising for the 20th time!

The jewel of the weekend is the Saturday, May, 1 “Dining by Design Gala”, a black tie cocktail/dinner/silent auction party featuring suptuous foods served on the incredible tablescapes designed by the many talented participating artists. The table decors (which may very well extend beyond the table itself!) will range from fun and fantasy to opulent and exquisite. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 8:00pm at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall at the Hyatt Regency, 2345 McGee St. in Kansas City, MO. Tickets and a complete schedule are available online, $175 each.  Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.

In addition to the Saturday evening gala, there will be two more opportunities for “non-diners” to enjoy and admire the beautiful tablescapes.

On Friday evening, April 30, attend the “Table Hop & Taste Cocktail Party” and silent auction from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy wine and food from top area restaurants and purveyors. $25 tickets available online or at the door. Reservations not required.  These two photos are from the 2009 event.  WOW!!

On Saturday morning, May, 1 from 9:00am-12 noon, you may be part of the Public Preview. $10 admission ticket ($5 students), online or at the door, will let you see what all the excitement is about. Self-parking is available in the adjoining garage for all events. If you want to make a “special weekend of it” discounted rooms are available at The Hyatt. Inquire about this opportunity by email to:

Proceeds from this remarkable event go to HIV and AIDS education and prevention programs in the Kansas City area. “Dining by Design” was founded in Kansas City 20 years ago and has become a premiere event for DIFFA chapters nationwide. Over $1.4 million has been raised in Kansas City alone during those 20 years.

Congratulations to the artists and the event coordinators in advance! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to be “on the table” this year. Hope to see you there!



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