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Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Gala 2017
by Beth Kaiserman

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) held its annual Art for Life Benefit Saturday at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, NY, raising over $1.1 million for its arts education and gallery programming. The event was directed and produced by Ronnie Davis Productions/Great Performances.

The gala’s theme was “Midnight at the Oasis” and featured an entirely plant-based menu with no animal products: Fava Bean & Zucchini Crudo, Sorghum Tabouli-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes, Crabless Cakes with Tofutti Remoulade and more.

©Jason Kempin: Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation            

Award-winning performer Cynthia Erivo gave a special performance, and The Originals closed the evening. Rapper Chuck D. and DJ Lord performed “Fight the Power."

Rush was founded by Danny, Russell and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons in 1995 to enable access to the arts and exhibition opportunities to people of color.

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Gala Menu:


Watermelon Radish & Smoked Tofu Taco

Fava Bean & Zucchini Crudo

Sorghum Tabouli-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Mini "Beefless" Wellington

Mushroom Cornet, Portobello Gill Mousse, Sorrel

Vegan Frank, Ramp Sauerkraut, Horseradish Mustard

Beyond Meat Slider

Crabless Cakes


Red & Green Cerignola Olives

Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Kale, Baby Bibb & Summer Greens

Toasted Almonds, White Balsamic Vinaigrette & Garlic Blossom

Tomatoes, Right Now, From the Farm

Katchkie Peppers & Chiles, Basil Oil, Herbs & Blossoms

Asparagus, Golden Beet, Sugar Snaps & Radish

Assortment of Mediterranean Bread, Lavash, Pita, Olive Bread

Hummus, Baba Ghanoush


Torta Panzanella

Vegan Pasta Bolognese

"Chicken" Nuggets & Waffles


Apple Crumble Tart with Salted Caramel

Miniature Peach, Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb Pies

Chocolate Pudding Cups

Beyond Meat Sliders

Grilled "Beef" Tacos

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