Thursday, April 25, 2024
6:30–11:00 p.m.
John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda

The beloved annual Art Alive Premiere Dinner is an elegant black-tie affair, celebrating art with a spectacular dinner in the Museum galleries among a special installation of South Asian paintings from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. This event offers a first look at the incredible floral designs of Art Alive and a delicious multi-course menu of delectable delicacies and extraordinary entrees, a full bar, and decadent desserts. Enjoy a glamorous evening of enchantment.

Premiere Dinner Schedule of Events

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour | John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda
8:00 p.m. Dinner | Museum Special Exhibition Galleries

Art Alive 2023 Premiere Dinner at The San Diego Museum of Art

Premiere Dinner Fine Dining

Set within a special installation of the world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, the Premiere Dinner menu will celebrate the magnificent art of India in a stunning collaboration between longtime partner Chef Barry Layne of Coast Catering and Chef Saransh Oberoi. Coast Catering has been at the culinary helm of the Premiere Dinner since 2015 and has wowed attendees year over year with their commitment to menu creativity and unmatched quality. Chef Layne has operated Coast Catering with excellence since 2005 and has been rated one of San Diego’s top caterers ever since. Chef Layne was previously Executive Chef at Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe for 10 years and has worked as a private chef for celebrities and high-end clientele from San Diego to Beverly Hills to Big Sur.

This year, we also welcome Chef Saransh Oberoi working alongside the Coast team to offer his expertise in Indian cuisine. Chef Oberoi grew up in the culinary world working with his father, Chef Hemant Oberoi, who is a legend in India and has cooked for dignities from across the world. Chef Saransh Oberoi has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and has worked in London, New York, DC, San Francisco, Mumbai, Sydney, and as the sous chef of Campton Place SF. Chef Saransh Oberoi also showcased his culinary skills on “Beat Bobby Flay” in 2020 and is now chef at Curry & More Indian Bistro.

Photos courtesy of Create with Gusto.

Your Premiere Dinner seat is also your VIP all-access pass to Art Alive weekend. Each Premiere Dinner seat includes two tickets to Bloom Bash and four Art Alive floral exhibition passes valid throughout Art Alive weekend.

$3,000 per Seat | $6,000 per Couple

(Non-tax deductible estimated fair-market value is $250 per seat)

Ticket includes

  • Hosted valet parking at the Premiere Dinner
  • 2 Bloom Bash tickets per seat (including hosted valet parking)
  • 4 Art Alive general admission passes
  • Recognition as a Premiere Patron

Premiere Dinner is now sold out. To be added to the wait list or for more information please contact Kate Burnite at 619.696.1934 or

The generosity of our Art Alive Premiere Patrons provides critical support for the Museum’s education programs, community outreach, and exhibitions.

Premiere Dinner Chairs

Toni Bloomberg

Valerie Cooper

Tatiana Dotson

Arlene Esgate

Micki Olin

Demi Rogozienski

Event Partners

Akash Brewing logo     Akash Winery logo      BBJ La Tavola Specialty Linens logo      Coast Catering logo     Formdecor logo     Town & Country Event Rentals logo      Vanity Portrait Studio      Walter Andersen Nursery logo