The 8th Annual Design Appétit 2024 is an exciting 3-part event that supports Focus on Home. The fun starts on Wednesday, October 23rd with our kick-off Cocktail Party and continues into Thursday, October 24th with a Luncheon and a Gala. There are many ways to experience Design Appétit Goes to the Movie–come to one, come to all… Create your own experience.

The theme of Design Appétit 2024 is Design Appétit Goes to the Movies where Your Imagination Is Your Only Limitation.

Guests can experience Design Appetit in three ways. First, at the Cocktail Party we will have a DJ, dancing and plenty of surprises. Next we have our Luncheon where guests will enjoy a nice plated lunch, raffle prizes and our keynote speaker, Joli Sanders, Focus on Home Founder. Finally, at our Gala guests can expect an immersive, multi-sensory dining experience where creative teams prepare uniquely designed dining spaces that are paired with the talents of a local chef to create a personalized table side experience where design meets cuisine, and don’t forget an unforgettable live auction.

Each space should be ready by Wednesday, Oct 23rd at 4:00 pm. Cocktail party begins at 7:00 pm on Oct 23rd. Luncheon and Gala will be held on Oct 24th. Lunch begins at 11:00 am and ends at 1:00pm. The Gala cocktail hour begins at 6:00 pm and dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

Joli Sanders, Focus on Home Founder, will speak at Design Appétit 2024.

Each space will be 18’ x 20’, which needs to include designed space and the chef and two prep tables.

Each team consists of a Design Team and a Chef/Restaurant. Each team will provide a multi-course dinner for 8 guests in a uniquely themed setting. The teams are a collaboration of ideas and talents for the creation of a multi-sensory experience. Additionally, each team is encouraged to work with community partners who can help contribute to the execution of the design.

Yes, electricity will be provided for every team. Each team needs to provide Focus on Home with power requirement needs. Each team provides their own extension cords.

Design teams are encouraged to provide their own table, however, a 72” round table or 72” or 96” rectangular table, can be provided upon request. Black and white table clothes can also be provided upon request. Colored table linens provided by each team.

Design teams are expected to provide their own chairs.

Each team will be able to hang from the ceiling (100lb limit). Free-standing walls and structures can be built on site, but not required.

Designer benefits include a website and social media presence, free admission to the Cocktail Party for all members, discounts for lunch tickets ($65 each) or tables ($500), and an individualized video designer profile/highlight.

Design Appétit 2024 supports the operation of Focus on Home in creating stability for families by providing individualized furniture packages to families who lack the means to provide the items needed for a comfortable, dignified home. You can learn more about Focus on Home at