The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “O What a Night Gala” is in its eighth year, and this year promises to be “the event of the season with art, music and culinary talents that reflect the importance and influence of Southern culture across the globe.”

Featuring the creative culinary concoctions of James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link (of the Link Restaurant Group, including Herbsaint, Cochon and Butcher) and Chris Hastings (of Hot & Hot Fish Club of Birmingham, Ala.) and honoring internationally known kinetic sculptor Lin Emery with the 2012 Opus Award, the gala will also offer live music, as well as both a live and a silent auction of art and “artful objects” from noted Southern artists – and a special surprise. The gala takes place Saturday, October 13, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the museum, which is located at 925 Camp St.

In addition, the patron party – by invitation for sponsors, benefactors and patrons – will be held at the Garden District home of Sara and Paul Costello on the preceding night, Friday, October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature food by chef Rebecca Whitcomb of Herbsaint.    

The funds raised at “O What a Night” allow director William P. Andrews and the museum to continue their mission of “showcasing the diversity and importance of Southern art” through exhibitions and education initiatives.    
For more information and to purchase tickets, call Colleen Connor at 539-9613 or email her at