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Breda Kellner (left) and Blommingdale's General Manager Laura Gallo.

Breda Kellner (left) and Blommingdale's General Manager Laura Gallo. 
 Photo by:  Damon Higgins







Nearly 300 revelers joined the fun at “Tablescapes: Dining by Design,” a food, wine and tabletop design event co-hosted by Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens magazine and Bloomingdale’s that raised nearly $10,000 for five local organizations.

The editors of PBC&G chose five civically minded hostesses from Northern Palm Beach County to create out-of-the-box table settings using Bloomingdale’s wares from any department in the store. The tables were on display the evening of Sept. 10 in the Home Store at Bloomingdale’s in The Gardens Mall, complemented by wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and signature dishes from the five PGA-corridor restaurants that served as inspiration for the tantalizing table designs: Strip House of Downtown at the Gardens, Aqua Grill of Legacy Place, and Sushi Jo, Metronome Parisian Bistro and Zuccarelli’s of PGA Commons.

“The hostesses’ designs showcased a key philosophy in the Bloomingdale’s Home Store that we call ‘The New Rules,’ which speaks to mixing and matching even the finest china, glassware, and flatware patterns and getting creative with table accessories,” said Laura Gallo, general manager of Bloomingdale’s.  “More importantly, the event was a unique and fun way to raise money for great causes, with a bit of friendly competition and delicious tastings from our generous partners.”


Proceeds were divided among the five charities represented by each hostess, including Carrie Hanna of Jupiter Island, representing the Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Kelly Hardersen of Jupiter, representing St. Clare School; Kimberly Lyon of Palm Beach Gardens, representing Junior League of the Palm Beaches; Pamela Tekin of Palm Beach Gardens, representing Easter Seals; and Kathy Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, representing St. Marks School. Each table was complete with custom arrangements from Heaven & Earth Florals.

An esteemed panel well versed in design and entertaining was on hand to judge the tables, including Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens Publisher Eileen Ekstract, Kristi Lei Bryan of Kristi Lei Interiors in Juno Beach, and Tony D’Leon of Interiors by the Sea in Jupiter. Kelly Hardersen’s table for St. Clare School took the $1,000 prize from Bloomingdale’s for best overall table.




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