Design Seminar: Designing for Dining

May 6-7, 2022 Winston-Salem, NC

Design Seminar


Designing for Dining




May 6-7, 2022

Please plan to join us next year on May 6th and 7th when three legendary designers will come together to provide inspiration and share ideas about what’s chic in interior, architectural, garden, and landscape design.  In 2022, the MESDA Design Seminar will offer three distinguished speakers who will discuss Southern design with an emphasis on dining and entertaining.  


Individual Ticket $175.00     ($165.00 Frank L. Horton Society*)
  • Seating for one at the program and luncheon
Reserved Table Host $1,700.00
  • One table with seating for 8 at the program and luncheon
Patron Ticket $275.00     ($265.00 Frank L. Horton Society*)
  • Admittance for one to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers
  • Preferred seating for one at the program and luncheon
Patron Table Host** $2,500.00
  • Admittance for 8 to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers
  • Preferred placement for a table seating 8 at the program and luncheon
Sponsor Table $5,000.00
  • Admittance for 8 to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers
  • Preferred placement for a table seating 8 at the program and luncheon
  • Full-page advertisement in the program booklet
  • Logo placement in all printed materials and on the MESDA website social media platforms
  • Name recognition at the program
          To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Knapp at [email protected] or 336-721-7328.

*To receive your Frank L. Horton Society discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password.
**Full payment and guest names are required at time of registration.  Seating cannot be otherwise guaranteed.

The 2022 MESDA Design Seminar will take place in the
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC

FRIDAY, May 6, 2022
Patron Reception
Enjoy a special opportunity to mix with speakers and fellow program attendees over libations and hors d’oeuvres.
This private gathering is open to Patron-level ticket holders.
SATURDAY, May 7, 2022
9:30am Seminar check-in and Bookstore
Concourse, Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road
  Winston-Salem, NC  27101
10am Welcome 
  Catherine Carlisle
  Director of MESDA Engagement
  Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  Winston-Salem, NC  
  J. Thomas Savage
  Director of External Affairs
  Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library 
  Winterthur, DE 
 10:30am Lecture 
  D. Stanley Dixon, AIA
President and Founder, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc.
  Atlanta, GA 
11:15am Lecture 
  Jessica B. Harris, PhD
Founder, Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures
  Dillard University
  New Orleans, LA
12:00pm Luncheon 
1:00pm  Book Signing 
1:15pm Discussion, hosted by J. Thomas Savage
  Thomas Jayne 
  Founder and Principal, Jayne Design Studio
New York, NY 
2:00pm Book Signing 
Enjoy time in the MESDA galleries 


Stan Dixon, AIA, is the president and founder of his Atlanta-based firm, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc. Raised in Sumner County, Tennessee, Stan was inspired from a young age to study architecture.  His edited approach to the classical elements of architecture creates an understated aesthetic that is historically based while embracing influences of modern design.  In response to his work, Garden & Gun magazine named Stan one of “The New Faces of Southern Style.  He is a three-time winner of the “Southeast Architect of the Year” award given by Veranda magazine, and is an eleven-time winner of the Philip Trammell Shutze Award presented by the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Educator and culinary historian Jessica Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora.  She has been a professor of English in the SEEK Program at Queens College/C.U.N.Y. for almost five decades.  She is a regular presenter at the annual Literary Festival in Oxford, England, a contributor to Garden & Gun, has been honored with many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance and was inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in the United States.  From abroad and at her homes in New York, New Orleans, and Martha’s Vineyard, Dr. Harris works to connect cultures through cuisine.

For the past 30 years, Thomas Jayne, founder and principal of Jayne Design Studio, has designed rooms that reflect a strong connection to history and place. He draws upon their past for inspiration, seeking details that will deepen and enhance their decoration. Whether the site is a SoHo loft in a late-19th-century industrial building or a historic Federal house built by a New England whaling merchant, the settings become part of the narrative, their history providing the impetus for the design.  Jayne’s most recent publication, Classical Principals for Modern Design takes on the redoubtable Edith Wharton and her co-author Ogden Codman, whose 1897 book The Decoration of Houses is acknowledged as the Bible of American interior design.  Thomas and husband Richmond Ellis divide their time between their SoHo loft in New York (housing a major collection of American culinary books spanning 200 years) and an 1836 Creole townhouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

MESDA is pleased to welcome back J. Thomas Savage, Director of Educational Travel and Conferences, as the Design Seminar Master of Ceremonies. Tom’s lifelong passion for country estates and extraordinary collections has led him around the world in pursuit of those with refined taste and style. A native of the South, Tom was previously the senior vice president of Sotheby’s Institute of Art and he served as curator and director of museums for the Historic Charleston Foundation.

With generous support provided by:

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.  Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.

Seminar Hotels:

Kimpton: Cardinal Hotel Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
401 North Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Winston-Salem Downtown
125 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
“Good Neighbor” Rate Code/Corporate ID: 100216752 Block name: MESDA SEMINAR ATTENDEES
*Please note: to ensure a room at the discounted price, reservations must be made by 5pm on April 5, 2022.  Your reservation can be cancelled for a full refund up to two days prior to the reservation.
Other recommended hotels:
The Zevely Inn Bed and Breakfast
803 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well.  Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.  For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved with cancelling hotel reservations.