Appetite for Art


RSVP Today!

Join Upturn Arts at the 5th Annual Appetite for Art dinner on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 7:00-9:30pm (Patron Party begins at 6:00pm) to raise funds for the organizations’ mission to provide “Arts for All!” to children in the New Orleans community. This event is presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.

The evening kicks off at 6:00pm for Patron Ticket holders at Dryades Public Market (1307 OC Haley Blvd.) with honeysuckle champagne cocktails from Cathead Vodka and passed hors d’oveures, provided by the Market. Doors open at 7:00pm for all other ticket holders with small bites, champagne, and a cash bar. Guests will enjoy a live performance by Upturn Arts’ Youth Percussion Ensemble accompanied by Boyanna Trayanova.

At 7:30pm, guests will second line with the Red Hot Brass Band, lead by Dancing Man 504, to Toups South (1504 OC Haley Blvd.) for a four-course meal, with wine pairings and a cash bar. Each course will be provided by local restaurants including Atchafalaya, Boucherie, Le Citron Bistro, and Toups South. During dinner, live music will be performed by Blato Zlato, New Orleans only Balkan band.


At 8:30, a live auction with auctioneer, John Calhoun, will take place to help raise the additional $7,000 for the complete $25,000 match from Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. Some auctions items include:

  • Signed Michalopolous painting
  • Autographed Saints package
  • one-of-a-kind New Orleans experiences

More details to follow!

Music and entertainment sponsored by Positive Vibrations Foundation.


  • single ($150) – admission for one (1) to the dinner
  • couple ($275)- admission for two (2) to the dinner
  • Patron Couple ($350) – admission for two (2) to the Patron Party and the dinner
  • Patron ($1,750) – admission for ten (10) to the Patron Party and the dinner

Every couple ticket sold sponsors one Young Artist to attend an entire week of camp.

For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Dana at

*Any guest with dietary restrictions should contact Dana – – by Friday, October 13.*

If you can’t attend, you can still make a donation:

Photos by Sean Ambrose