Dine by Design East set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2
October 14, 2014

Suzanne Saul and Christopher Joyce of Attica Furnishings created a dining room inspired by a mid-century bungalow for their space at Dine by Design East last year.
For the second year, a group of dedicated volunteers are organizing Dine by Design East, a “Feast for the Senses.” NSCAD will again be the benefactor of this exciting four-day event.

Last year, Dine by Design East raised $20,000 for design scholarships at NSCAD. The scholarships, which will be awarded for the first time in January 2015, are named for Amber Harkins, a former creative director of East Coast Living Magazine. The magazine, and parent company Metro Guide Publishing, is an enthusiastic supporter and presenting sponsor of Dine by Design East, which was founded by NSCAD grad Suzanne Saul (co-owner of Attica) and local designer Jonathan Legate. The aim is to raise $40,000 this year for NSCAD.

So what is Dine by Design East? It’s a showcase for interior design—10 design teams will transform the Olympic Community Centre by each creating a dining room within a 10’-by-10’ blank space.

Another of the dining room spaces featured at last year's Dine by Design East--this one designed by Heather Waugh Pitts.

Dine By Design East events include the opening gala on Thursday, Oct. 30. On this evening, each design team is paired with a local chef, who will create a menu inspired by the dining room. VIPs ($250 ticket) are invited for 6 p.m., and general admission ($125 ticket) are invited for 7 p.m. There will be food, drink, viewings of the rooms, plus wine tastings and pop-up galleries. Studio 21 Fine Art, Gallery Page & Strange, Teichert Gallery, Secord Gallery, Swoon, and Parenthesis are all participating; NSCAD is presenting one of the gallery spaces and to showcase the work of NSCAD student Cat Blanchet.

On Friday, Oct. 31, at 12 noon, there will be a tea-room style fall fashion show. J&R Grimsmo, Mills and Turbine by Lisa Drader Murphy—along with NSCAD students Donn Sabean, Maggie MacCormick, and Madie Leroux—will present their fashions as patrons enjoy a catered lunch. Tickets are $50, and tables of 10 are available. Tickets for public viewings (including the design seminars) are just $15.

On Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2, there will be public viewings of the dining rooms, a chance to interact with designers, and visit the pop-up galleries. There will be regular guided tours throughout both days. And, as a special feature, there will be design seminars. On Saturday at 1 p.m., chef Luis Clavel of Atlantic Hotel will present “Avant Garde: Bringing Food to the Next Level.” On Sunday at 1 p.m., TV personality Meredith Heron will present “Design Secrets REVEALED!”

Volunteers are needed over the four days of the event, to act as docents, to help with set up and tear down, to take tickets, etc. If interested, please get in touch by email with the volunteer coordinator, Eileen Crowley Crouse, at emeraldinteriordesigns.com

For tickets, please order through EventBrite.

The paintings of NSCAD student Cat Blanchet will be presented during Dine By Design East, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the Olympic Community Hall.