A Night of Music, Flavor & Art
General Event Information
On Thursday, May 16th, from 6-10pm, Ceviche St Pete will host A Night of Music, Flavor and Art to benefit the Museum of Fine Arts in Downtown St. Petersburg. The owners of Ceviche have personally guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 to the museum and additional donations will be collected at the door. For a minimum donation of $20, guests will enjoy open bar, live music and many different types of tapas. Those who donate $100 or more will be recognized for their support. The fundraising goal for the evening is $30,000.
“We are red-carpeting the entire block of Beach Drive & Central Ave. This is going to be a first class fundraising event,” said CEO, Joe Orsino. Guests will enjoy live entertainment from Javier and the Sombras Flamencas, a traditional Spanish guitarist who plays many of today’s top hits. Spanish Flamenco dancers will also perform throughout the night.
Ceviche saw the alliance with the MFA as a natural fit. Both were key anchors to Beach Drive, long before it saw the bustle and boom of today. Ceviche also features within the restaurant art from several well-recognized artists. The Maja Desnuda, by Franciso Goya c. 1800, is a defining element of Ceviche’s brand. This piece was quite controversial in its day as it was the first full nude to look you directly in the eye, as opposed to renaissance nudes, which looked away in a demure manner. Also featured in the restaurant is ironwork inspired by Gaudí. Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí, was recently brought back to the headlines when pope, Benedict XVI, took his only travel outside of Rome to a church called Família, in Barcelona, Spain. It is said to be one of the most spectacular buildings ever constructed by man, the vision of a genius known as God's architect, Antoni Guadi.
ABOUT CEVICHE TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant is a unique restaurant concept where atmosphere, culture and food blend perfectly into one. The flare and flavors of Spain are carefully fused together to create a unique dining and entertainment experience. The menu consists of over one hundred tapas to share with recipes influenced by traditional dishes from old Spain. House specialties include an incredible selection of Ceviches, Paellas, Piquillos Rellenos, Gambas al Ajillo and their famous Patatas Bravas. Traditional Spanish desserts including Flan and Tres Leches are homemade in the restaurant. The award winning wine list includes an extensive selection of wines from the Iberian Peninsula. Red, white and sparkling Cava pitchers of Sangria are prepared tableside. The unique dining ambiance provides for an intimate dinner, casual night with friends or dancing the night away in the Flamenco lounge. For more information, visit www.Ceviche.com or www.facebook.com/CevicheTapas
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. is opening its doors—wide—this summer. Admission is now $10 for everyone through September 30, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $8 each and groups of 10 or more students, $4 per person. On Thursday nights, when the Museum presents “UnchARTed: Random Acts of Culture,” college students with current I.D. pay $5 or can buy one admission, get one free.
The MFA has the only comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present day, on Florida’s west coast. It is also one of the few museums in the state where visitors can see so many stellar paintings by Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as works by other important European and American artists. Philip Pearlstein’s People, Places, Things, featuring 62 works by one of America’s leading artists, is on view through Sunday, June 16.
The MFA Café is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The Museum Store has been named the area’s best by the duPont Registry. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website at www.fine-arts.org. For café reservations, please call 727.822.1032.