Food as an Art
Food as an Art
Amelia Arts Academy Celebrates Food as an Art

Amelia Island, FL – Food sustains us, provides comfort, and is the root of many favorite traditions. And, as any accomplished chef will tell you, food is also an art. On March 28 Amelia Arts Academy will celebrate “Food As An Art” with the 17th Annual Gourmet Progressive Dinner. Guests at the event will enjoy dinner and musical entertainment in some of Amelia Island’s most spectacular homes. “The Progressive Dinner has long been a popular event in our community and an important fundraiser for Amelia Arts Academy,” says Progressive Dinner Chairman and Amelia Arts Academy Board Member Tiffany Shaw. “This year proves to be the most exciting yet.”

The Food As An Art Gourmet Progressive dinner features highly acclaimed international chefs who will create unique themed culinary masterpieces that represent their personal artistic vision. Each chef will be assigned to a different home, and no more than 14 people will be served in each home. “How often do you get the chance to be a dinner guest in someone’s home where that dinner is made by a renowned chef?” says Executive Director Pegge Ealum. “This is an exceptional opportunity that doesn’t come around often.”

Among the culinary artists participating in the event are Thomas Toxldorf and Niko Anagnostan of the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island; Roberto Pestana of Espana; Courtney Thompson of Horizons; Carolyn Fraser; Steve Scavotto formerly of Your Place; Elizabeth McCranie of Terra; Rita Rugiero of Antonio’s and Roman’s in Detroit, Michigan, and Tony Mai of Bonito’s Sushi Grill.

The Progressive Dinner will kick off at the home of Anne Coonrod, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by the Academy Jazz Ambassadors. Then, attendees will be given their home assignments and will travel to experience an exquisite meal in a beautiful setting.

Each chef and homeowner is working together to create extravagant and creative meals, such as Chef Rita Rugiero’s Opera-themed meal. Chef Rugiero, who has cooked for celebrities such as Andrea Bocelli, will take a break from running her four Italian restaurants in Michigan to participate in the event. Rugiero’s meal will include five courses, each with a wine pairing poured and introduced by Nathan Asaro, The Grotto manager and sommelier.

Tickets to this event can be purchased by calling Amelia Arts Academy at (904) 277-1225 or visiting Due to the intimate setting of this event, space is limited.