The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is hosting a one-night fundraising event on May 4 at Longview in Baton Rouge.
The Aioli Dinner Supper Club, which is inspired by George Rodrigue’s famous painting “Aioli Dinner,” starts at 6 p.m. The five-course dining experience by chef Peter Sclafani, of Ruffino’s, with wine pairings by Moët Hennessey, costs $250 per person.
Proceeds from the event benefit Louisiana A+ Schools, an arts education program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts benefiting schools in the Baton Rouge area and throughout the state.
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The site of the dinner, Longview, is the historic former home of Mrs. Earl K. Long along Capitol Lake, 1465 Ted Dunham Ave.
“‘Aioli Dinner’ was Dad’s first painting with people,” said Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “It is based on the Creole Gourmet Societies of 1890-1920, which met monthly on the grounds of plantation homes in and around New Iberia. My family is excited to use this piece of our Cajun heritage as a vehicle to keep the arts relevant and accessible to students across Louisiana.”
Guests are invited to pay tribute to Rodrigue’s “Aioli Dinner” painting by participating in staged photographs of the event. To echo the vintage look and feel of the painting and the original meals, guests are asked to wear non-formal black and white. The event also features a live and silent auction of exclusive Rodrigue artwork not usually available to the public.
Each Aioli Dinner Supper Club serves as a fundraiser for Louisiana A+ Schools, a whole school arts-integration teaching model. Baton Rouge’s Dufrocq School, Howell Park Elementary School and Park Elementary School are three of the 16 LAA+ Schools.
The Center for Research and Creativity based in Los Angeles recently led a one-year independent evaluation of LAA+. After 50 classroom observations in 20 classrooms throughout three high-poverty schools, Dr. James Catterall, UCLA professor emeritus and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity, concluded that the program successfully increased teacher effectiveness through the arts.
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is a nonprofit organization advocating the importance of the arts in the development of Louisiana’s youth through a variety of art educational programs.