‘Go Red’ Bash Raises Green for Hartford Arts Council

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red4red6At first (red) blush, someone would think it was Christmas or St. Valentine’s Day over at The Society Room Wednesday night, where nearly everyone there, all 350 of them,  was sporting crimson, ruby, cherry, fire engine or lipstick red wear.

But it wasn’t one of those traditionally red holidays but rather a way to raise “green” at the annual Greater Hartford Arts Council’s “Big Red for the Arts” fundraising bash.

Besides some really good food courtesy of the Hartford area’s best restaurants including Bricco, Salute, Capital Grille, Dish, Billings Forge and Trumbull Kitchen, great wines like the new awarding-winning Hopkins Vineyard Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, 2011 there was a great vibe that left no doubt that Hartford loves its arts.

“Last year we raised $68,000 and we have a bigger crowd this year,” said council president/CEOred3 Cathy Malloy, sporting the expected red dress. “It’s going to be a good night.”

It was thanks to some serious star power from Connecticut’s favorite celebrity chef Jacques Pepin and wife Gloria, just back a vacation in Mexico. Both dove right into the party spirit that included signing books and posing for pictures with clearly enthusiastic fans.

But what about the arts? was the question posed to the personable and so suave Pepin who is not only an artist in the kitchen but one at the easel at well.

“If I could not cook and could not paint I would be so dull,” he said. “I love both and as far as arts in red2life, it is no life without them.”

Pepin couldn’t help but promote his newest venture, yet another cooking show based on yet another cookbook “Jacques Pepin, Heart and Soul. ”

“I have about 200 recipes I wanted to share so they will be in a cookbook and I am doing a public television show based on the book,” explained Pepin about the new cooking series that will begin shot in California in the fall.  “I don’t know how many more I can do because you know, soon I’ll be 80,” he teased, referring to the landmark birthday in 2015.

The bargain of the night, the sole live auction item, an at-home dinner for 8 prepared by Sheraton Hotel chef  James King.  Valued at $2,000 it went for $1800.

“They got a deal,” remarked Gloria Pepin. “A real good deal.”

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Video Below: Attendees Share Favorite Arts Events In Connecticut

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