NBMAA Hosts The Art of Wine & Food

Food and wine as art? Ask the New Britain Museum of American Art

It was the best the world has to offer, good food, fine wine, amazing art and a crowd of about 350 people who were celebrating The Art of Wine & Food Tuesday at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Museum executive director Douglas Hyland was not only celebrating another successful fundraiser but the under construction addition to the museum, some café upgrades and on a personal note, his upcoming 65th birthday and his 15th anniversary as head of NBMAA.

“I can’t believe it’s 15 years,” said Hyland who was more excited about the nine-panel Sol LeWitt “Lines in Color to Points on A Grid” recently donated to the museum and now on display in the updated cafe. “We let Gov. (Dannel P.) Malloy borrow ours for display at the mansion so we were so happy to receive this duplicate,” explained Hyland.

Among the guests were newlyweds Lauren Chase and her husband, William Chase, son of Sandy and Arnold Chase. It was a fun déjà vu moment for Java who recalls photographing the two several years ago when they first began dating.

“The wedding was great, it was at my parents’ house,” explained Chase about the summer nuptials at the Chase’s spectacular West Hartford home. “And we honeymooned in Hawaii.”

Dozens of well-known restaurants including Jeffrey Lizotte’s On20, Pond House Café, Chris Prosperi’s Metro Bis, Tyler Anderson’s Millwrights and Steve Cavagnaro’s Cavey’s offered art-worthy small plates, while an array of wine and spirits vendors offered libations to compliment the creative tastings ranging from coq au vin by David Borselle of A’Vert Brasseries to roasted lemon and thyme pork tenderloin by Joseph Buchotz and Stefan Rarus from Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar.  

Co-chair John Dillaway made sure the wine in the Grand Cru area was the best possible, opting to bring bottles from his own wine cellar to share with those who stopped by his table to enjoy.

Among those sampling Dillaway's choices which included an O’Brien Cab Franc and Dancing Hares Mad Hatter was Patrice Bartlette-Henry from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

“We heard about this from friends and decided to come,” said Bartlette-Henry who works from the tourism’s New York City office, and who came bearing a special raffle gift, a St. Kitts vacation for two.  “And it’s been wonderful.”  

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the museum’s education programming for children and families.   

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