Appetite for Art - Central City BBQ

Upturn Arts is bringing its 6th annual dinner fundraiser, sponsored by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Appetite for Art, to the Central City neighborhood. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, join Upturn Arts at Central City BBQ from 7:00-9:30pm (Patron Party from 6:00-7:00pm) for a one of a kind culinary experience that will raise funds for the organization’s mission to provide “Arts for All” to children in the New Orleans community.


The evening commences with an hour-long Patron Party with passed hors d'oeuvres, live music by The Doussan Family Band (featuring Upturn Arts Board member and student), and mocktails crafted by Upturn Arts students. Doors will open at 7:00pm for regular ticket holders to enjoy a special performance featuring Upturn Arts’ Youth Ensemble. At 7:30pm, guests sit down for a four-course meal with dishes by Central City BBQ, Atchafalaya, Coquette, Lilette, and Maple Street Patisserie. Special performance by CR Gruver (School of Rock) on the George Rodrigue Foundation Blue Dog Piano. Students attend Upturn Arts Fall Break Camp at its Central City location, NOLA Spaces, and participate in music, dance, visual arts, and theater classes the week prior to the event; with special workshops from all performing guests.


“Upturn Arts has thrived in the city of New Orleans due to our continued community support,” says Upturn Arts’ Executive Director, Dana Reed. “Our city is known for its creative culture and it is important for our youth to experience it first hand.  Our programs and events allow us to include local artists, students, families, and the community as a whole. It is an evening that focuses on the expansion of Central City, culinary arts, and a fun way to raise scholarship funds so more New Orleans children can experience the arts.”


Tickets are on sale for $200 a person, $375 a couple, or $2,250 for a Patron table of ten ($450 for a patron couple). To raise additional funding, Upturn Arts will hold a live auction featuring vacations, artwork, and one-of-a-kind experiences. All proceeds of the dinner will go towards Upturn Arts’ creARTive grants program, providing arts enrichment to children in the New Orleans community regardless of family income level. Tickets can be purchased at until the day before the event.

Our Local Publisher Partners

The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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