The Dinner Table as Art at Dining by Design


2010 Dining by Design table by Kravet Inc.; photo from Facebook.

The artful dinner table makes a difference for HIV/AIDS care when you dine and drink at either of ~DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN~ events next month at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center. On Wednesday November 16th, preview the one-of-a-kind tabletop creations of visionary designers at the Table Hop & Taste cocktail party, then on the next night, you can take a seat at one of the fabulously stylish tables for the Gala Dinner.

For their 11th annual Dining by Design, DIFFA has gathered established talents, budding artists, and celebrated individuals to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire, and delight. At the preview party on November 16th, 6pm-11pm, you’ll get to ogle their tabletop beauties alongside designers from furniture, interior design, fine art, and architecture. Sip fine wines and savor culinary bites from the likes of Twenty Five Lusk, Barbara Llewellyn Catering, Bisou, chef Tyler Stone, Limon, and Mission Minis. EFFEN Vodka will also present special event cocktails. Tickets for the Table Hop & Taste cocktail party are $100.

For the Gala Dinner on Thursday November 17th, 6:30pm-11pm, you’ll start the evening with a reception mingling with the designers, including Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra. Then take your seat at one of the extraordinary dinner table installations for 10, and enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner by Taste Catering. Individual gala tickets are $500, and new this year is a community table with individual seats at $350. Table host levels start at $5,000; email Randall Shields for more info.

Both evenings will feature a silent auction with luxury items like fine furnishings and art, travel packages, beauty and spa treatments, extraordinary wines, and dining experiences. Since 1984, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) has raised more than $40 million for HIV/AIDS care nationwide. This year’s event benefits the UCSF Positive Health Program, aka “Ward 86,” located at San Francisco General Hospital. The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St. at Alameda, 415-490-5865.

Event Info

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011 – Thursday Nov 17, 2011
The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams St. at Alameda, San Francisco