$70 dinner / $95 with drink pairings
Food and art go together like peas and carrots. That was the conclusion two chef’s came up with last year over dinner. Both fueled with a special love for the Lexington community, Vishwesh Bhatt, a James Beard Award finalist and chef at Snackbar in Oxford, MS, and Jonathan Searle, executive chef at Lockbox, are putting on a benefit dinner for the arts in Lexington. Join us for a four course dinner as well as a cocktail hour with passed canapés. Proceeds support the UK Art Museum’s free admission policy. Tickets are $70 per person.
About the Visiting Chef
Vishwesh Bhatt a native of Gujarat, India and Oxford, MS joined the City Grocery Restaurant Group in 1997. Under the direction of Chef John Currence, Bhatt began working as a line cook at City Grocery. After a brief hiatus, Bhatt returned to the City Grocery Restaurant Group in 2001, as the catering chef. Bhatt worked his way up, before going on to open Snackbar in 2009. With his years of culinary experience and exposure to worldwide cultures, he has developed a menu that intertwines both Southern and subcontinental foodways. His work earned him a People’s Best New Chef nomination from Food & Wine in 2011.
Snackbar has been recognized by local and national media as one of the finest restaurants in the South. The highlight of Vishwesh’s eight years as Chef at Snackbar has been the recognition by the James Beard Foundation, as a finalist for Best Chef South in 2014-2017.
Vishwesh is a graduate of The University of Kentucky and currently resides in Oxford with is wife, Teresa, his dog, Tula, and his cat Bitbit.
About the UK Art Museum
The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.