Art Affair 2019 InvitationIt’s Art Affair Season! Which means it’s time to get out and celebrate two of our favorite things: Supporting Open Door’s MISSION to break the cycle of poverty in Asheville and honoring the creative talents of the artists whose works make this event possible.

Saturday, March 9th, marks Open Doors tenth annual Art Affair fundraiser and we invite you to join us in celebrating Ten (X) years of Xcellence, Xcitement, and an Xtraordinary Mission. Bring your X factor bid to the auction and fuel the mission to uncover promising paths for children through educational opportunities and strengthen our beloved Asheville Xtraordinaire. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of MISSION X, supporting Open Doors and this year’s many amazing donors at Ambrose West as our community celebrates 10 years of breaking the cycle of poverty!

Bargello Exec Chef Jordan Arace, Mandara Hospitality Group Owners Martha and Peter PollayMandara Hospitality Group is thrilled to be participating in this event. Posana will serve two decadent hors d’oeuvres. District 42™ will be providing the VIP craft cocktail as well as participating in the DATE NIGHT package. Bargello is also participating in the DATE NIGHT package as well as offering a 5-course dinner for TEN (X) with parings in the hidden wine cellar (see details below).


DATE NIGHT (District 42™, Bargello™ & Hotel Arras) (mobile bidding)

It’s time to check-out of the daily grind and check-in to a night where your comfort and needs come first. After breezing through check-in at Hotel Arras you head up to your room to settle in. Perhaps you pop open the bottle of sparkling that awaits you, or perhaps you’re thinking, “no, let’s save that for a nightcap”. When the spirit moves you, you head downstairs to cozy up for drinks at District 42™, followed by a delicious dinner at Bargello™ with wine pairings selected by our sommelier.

What more could a couple want? A one night stay in Asheville’s newest luxury hotel and a perfectly curated cocktail and dining experience in the city’s newest independent bar and restaurant. Embrace the ahhh!

Mandara Hospitality Group forthcoming restaurant renderings of Bargello and District 42 which will be locate in Hotel Arras

District 42 bartend tossing ice sphere, octopus dish, martini, tartare dish, champagne being poured

PARTY ON! (Bargello™) (live auction)

What could be better than a five-course dinner for you and 9 other lucky guests in Bargello’s hidden wine cellar? During the construction of the Hotel Arras a hidden room was discovered which now houses hundreds of bottles of wine curated by our award-winning sommelier!

Head through Bargello’s kitchen and descend the private elevator as you make your way to our cellars and private dining room, where you’ll be welcomed with canapés and sparkling wine to kick off the evening’s festivities. Executive Chef Jordan Arace will captivate your palate with one of the most memorable dinners you’ve had, possibly ever. Our sommelier will pair each course with the perfect wine ensuring a well rounded culinary experience.

Bargello private dining room and wine cellar


VIP COCKTAIL (District 42)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to embrace the potential you hold to be the X factor that breaks the multi-generational cycle of poverty through education and enrichment opportunities. May each sip you take and bid you make bring us one step closer to achieving this goal. Cheers!

The Golden Door Cocktail served in a martini glassIngredients:
Gordons Gin
Fresh Pressed Mandarin Juice
Lemon Cordial
Muddled Serrano Pepper
Shaken and Poured, not Stirred!

This cocktail would look good on the arm of any spy. Fresh pressed winter citrus and Serrano pepper with the classic Gordon’s gin 007 martini ingredients. Slightly spicy and easy to drink!


Olive Crusted Tuna Tartare
Moroccan Black Olive, Calabrian Chili, House Made Focaccia, Lemon Puree

Prime Beef Tartare
Hemp Seeds, Whipped Horseradish, Popcorn Shoots, Theros Olive Oil, Lusty Monk Mustard

Auction Items Valid thru: 12.17.2020
Blackout dates: All Fridays and Saturdays, Sunday 5/26/19, Wednesday 7/3/19, Thursday 7/4/19, Sunday 9/1/19, Thursday 11/28/19, Sunday – Thursday 12/22-26/2019, Tuesday 12/31/19, Thursday 5/24/20, Sunday 9/6/20 and Thursday 11/26/20.