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What Do You Get When You Mix Art and Food? Glory Holes, Of Course

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Ever retrieved a vegetable dumpling from a leathery glory hole in the shape of a vulva? No? The guests of last night's PAIRINGS fundraiser at LegalArt did.

They also bid on paintings of buttocks and Tiffany's jewelry, all while sipping Peronis and munching on succulent spare ribs or arepas with goat cheese.

The event was an effort by LegalArt, the non-profit that sources legal aid for artists, to raise money for its own mission as well as another non-organization dedicated to improving food quality for low-income children. The goal: to create the interaction of art and food -- and of course, raise some cash. But it also raised our spirits with its quirky takes on cultured cuisine.

See all the delicious madness for yourself after the jump.

Of all the works by LegalArt's resident artists,

Amy von Harrington's "glory hole" boards made from scraps of luxury

leather were the most visible and interactive. One of them required guests to put their hands through a slit in

pink-and-beige colored leather to get their grub, without ever seeing their

server's face.

"Part of it is about not knowing what's there," said von Harrington. "The anonymity is exciting."


chef behind the curtain was Josh Vargas of Chow Down Grill in

Miami Beach, offering duck pao and vegetable dumplings. Next to Chow

Down's naughty nook was the Chef Jeremiah of Gastropod, New Times' Best food truck

in 2010, serving arepas and mini pork sandwiches. In the back of the

room, Mad Man Jack's fed saucy spare ribs, chicken and pork sandwiches

to a long line throughout the night.

At the

height of the event, artists Liz Ferrer, Pioneer Winter, von Harrington,

and others suddenly twirled into the crowded room holding a medley of

fruits, dancing to a sunny flute-like melody. The dancers dowsed

themselves in fruit juice and sauces until, in her frenzy, Ferrer hurled

a watermelon at the floor and dropped to her knees beside it to stuff

the broken pieces into her mouth.

The evening

ended around 9:30 p.m., with the remaining guests walking on sticky

floors in the afterglow of food's marriage to performance art.

Wok Star Eleanor Hoh prepares for her dumpling

silent, but not anonymous, auction for paintings and drawings from the

"Booty Tap" series, produced in collaboration with Art Wynwood.

One of Amy van Harrington's installations, focused on humor rather than genitalia, but all about anonymity.
Perrier and vodka cocktails kept guests saucy through the night.
Artists Liz Ferrer and Brookhart Jonquil danced the watermelon dance. Jonquil was an artist in residence at LegalArt in 2011.
Mad Man Jack's fall-off-the-bone spare ribs and onions.
Bahia Ramos and Angeli Murthy
Rachael Mitchell and Zach Fagenson after devouring a Gastropod arepa.
Chef Jeremiah's culinary paradise of pork sandwiches
Guests started bidding for Tiffany pieces early on. The jewelry was donated to Common Threads.
Another glory hole board by Amy Harrington. "God hates you," reads the sign inside the hole.
Von Harrington feeling up her glory board. This one's inside an elevator.
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