Dine by Design supports design education
April 3, 2014

Patty Baxter, publisher of East Coast Living Magazine, presents a cheque for $20,000 to Michael LeBlanc, chair of NSCAD's Design Division. Held last fall at the Olympic Community Centre, Dine by Design East was founded by Suzanne Saul and Jonathan Legate. 

Dine By Design East was a huge success in its first year. Presented in October 2013 by East Coast Living magazine, the fundraiser was the first event of its kind in Atlantic Canada to showcase interior décor and local cuisine in an innovative way. Co-founded by Suzanne Saul (BFA 87) and Jonathan Legate, the event celebrates the top creative people working in our region today.
At a thank you party held Wednesday, April 2 for participants and sponsors, East Coast Living publisher Patty Baxter presented a cheque for $20,000 to Michael LeBlanc, chair of NSCAD University’s Design Division. The money will benefit design education at the university through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Harkins was a long-time editor and creative director of East Coast Living who passed away from cancer in 2012.
“Dine By Design East was a collaboration of many dedicated people and it is wonderful to see our hard work bring such an incredible result,” says Patty Baxter. “Everyone who supported the event was completely wowed by what we achieved for Halifax’s creative community. We are excited to be planning this year’s event and look forward to an even greater result.”
Dine By Design East saw 10 Nova Scotia design groups and 10 local chefs team up for a fabulous display of interior design and local cuisine. The design teams built unique dining rooms inside blank plywood spaces at a transformed Olympic Gardens venue in Halifax. For the gala night, a local chef was matched with each design team to create a menu inspired by the dining space. The event also featured pop-up galleries of local artwork, a silent auction, as well as wine, beer and spirit samples from the region.
The Dine By Design East 2014 gala evening will take place on October 9, 2014 with public viewings taking place October 10 to 12 at Olympic Gardens at 2304 Hunter Street in Halifax.