DIFFA’s Dining by Design

Dubbed the “Cannes of tabletops” by filmmaker John Waters, Detroit is honored to be a first-time host for the absolutely spectacular “Dining by Design” event coming this August.

Organized by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) in partnership with the Michigan AIDS Coalition (one of Art Van Furniture’s 2009 Million-Dollar Charity Challenge grant recipients), DIFFA’s signature event is coming to the Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center at the College for Creative Studies August 12-14.

A feast for the eyes, mind, and soul, this event features dynamic and innovative dining environments. The installations are the creation of local designers, showcasing the area’s talent in the design, artistic, and architectural communities.

Designers are paired with Table Sponsors to create 3-D installations, which results in outstanding works of art beyond even the wildest imagination. Each installation measures approximately 11’x11’ to 11’x20’. This year, Art Van Furniture is proud to be a Silver Table Host sponsor at this can’t-miss event.

DIFFA was founded in New York in 1984. One of the greatest supporters of HIV/AIDS services and education organizations in the U.S., DIFFA has mobilized immense resources in the design communities to provide more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide.


Event Schedule

Thursday, August 12: Cocktails by Design/ArtWorks Auction

6 p.m.-midnight

  • Strolling supper featuring signature appetizers from 25 top-tier area restaurants
  • Live and silent auction featuring original works from 200+ artists

Friday, August 13: Open to the Public

Noon-5 p.m.

Saturday, August 14: DINING BY DESIGN (DBD) Gala Dinner

6 p.m.-midnight

  • Cocktail reception and open bar all evening
  • Dinner and appetizers provided by the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group

For tickets or to learn more, please visit: http://www.diffa.org/

Block Party

Create a sense of community by throwing an outdoor party. Enjoyment is the key here, so let formality have the night off. In its place serve up a bounty of delicious fare mixed with the good company of your neighbors and friends.

Instead of the usual beer, burgers, and brats, try serving up mojitos, quesadillas, and tacos. Put out galvanized tubs filled with ice-cold bottles of Corona (don’t forget to keep bottle openers, towels, and lime wedges nearby). Or set up a self-serve margarita bar decked out with different colored sugars and a few recipe ideas for any guests that need a little inspiration. And just because this is a casual fiesta doesn’t mean you can forget your manners. So make sure you have at least one non-alcoholic option for your teetotaling amigos.

Your linens should reflect the fun, casual atmosphere of the event, so look for bold colors and strong patterns to deck out your dining area. When choosing glassware and serving pieces, pick something that echoes the party theme, but is also durable (think acrylic).

Finally, enrich the experience by stringing up some lights, turn up Los Lobos and go loco.

Fantastic food. Fabulous friends. We wouldn’t hammock it any other way.