An Unforgettable Dining Experience At Annual HAM Fundraiser

The Hunterdon Art Museum's terrace will be the scene for ArtParty to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of Dana Lane Photography.

The Hunterdon Art Museum’s terrace will be the scene for ArtParty to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of Dana Lane Photography.

Dine, dance and do a good deed by attending the Hunterdon Art Museum’s annual ArtParty fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Museum.

ArtParty will feature an unforgettable dining experience expertly prepared by nearly 20 chefs and culinary artisans, great live music on the Museum’s terrace with the Hot Club of Flatbush, and a silent and live auction.

Proceeds from the fundraiser directly support the Museum’s exhibitions and art enrichment programs including those for homeless families, at-risk youth and people with autism and other disabilities.

“Whether you come for a fabulous meal, the live music or to take home an inspiring work of art, this will be a truly memorable evening,” said Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director of the Museum. “Attending ArtParty is the perfect way to show your support for the Museum and the arts in Hunterdon County, and what could be better than having an extraordinary meal at one of the state’s most picturesque sites?”

ArtParty will honor New Jersey’s local food culture with a mouthwatering menu prepared by some of New Jersey and New York’s most accomplished chefs. Featured chefs and culinary artisans participating in ArtParty include:

• Tom Carlin, Gladstone Tavern
• Andrew Christie, Christie’s Artisan Bread & Pastry Shop
• Alice DiGiambattista, Just Chill Frozen Yogurt
• Mark Drabich, Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet
• Krista Haley, Jersey Artisan Distilling
• Jean-Paul “JP” Hepp, Chocodiem
• Julie Klein, Lovin’ Oven
• Ian Knauer, The Farm Cooking School
• Matt McPherson, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill
• Chris Merton, Black River Roasters
• Joan Nitti, Bex Eatery and Kitchen
• Craig Polignano, Ryland Inn
• Larissa Raphael, Pastry Chef, Telepan
• Nicole Schaldone, Clean Plate Kitchen
• Craig Shelton, Aeon Hospitality Holdings, LLC
• Jonathan White, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse

The event will offer several exquisite dinner options, and a signature cocktail and dessert. Casual dress is welcome.

Guests will also be treated to live music by The Hot Club of Flatbush, a Brooklyn-based band inspired by the American hot jazz and Parisian acoustic jazz bands of the 1920s and 1940s.

A silent auction will feature the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind works of art. A live auction will also offer the chance to bid on experience packages. Eliane Talec of Rago Arts will serve as auctioneer.

Each year, the Museum recognizes a member of its community with its Cornerstone Award. This year, the museum will present the award to Jim Pruznick who has taught Artistic Expressions, the Hunterdon Art Museum’s class for adults with developmental disabilities, for 25 years. “Jim’s dedication the arts and to teaching is exceptional,” Nathanson said.

ArtParty is sponsored by Hunterdon Healthcare, Investors Bank, Roman Jewelers, Unity Bank, ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Dickens Jewelers, Applegate Natural & Organic Meats, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, LiveStock and Dransfield & Ross. Décor for the evening is provided by The Rose and Radish.

Tickets cost $175 each and can be ordered by calling the Museum at 908-735-8415 or by visiting the Museum’s website at A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible.

The Museum presents about 15 exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design and offers more than 300 classes, camps and workshops for children and adults annually. More than 1,000 children each year participate in the Museum’s studio art program, with hundreds more participating in school residency, enrichment and other programs.

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