DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN is 'the Cannes of tabletop,' proclaims avant garde filmaker John Waters.

But what exactly is DINING BY DESIGN? It's the signature fund-raising event for DIFFA Kansas City, which showcases the personal passions of some of the area's leading design talents. Each participant is given a set amount of space and the freedom to create their own dining environment. As long as each table can accommodate ten or more for dinner, the sky is the limit. Each year these elaborate artistic vignettes range from the whimsical to the elegant. It's an evening of great design and great fun - and for a profoundly important purpose. DINING BY DESIGN was found in Kansas City over fifteen years ago and has become the signature event for DIFFA chapters nationwide. DINING BY DESIGN is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in our community and it has helped raise over $1 million for HIV and AIDS education and prevention in the Kansas City area.