Here's how they describe it:
The cocktail reception takes place in an atmosphere reminiscent of ancient Greece, with Corinthian columns and marble floors. Flowers native to Greece, and often represented in Greek art, will adorn the room. A living statue will evoke the goddess Athena, holding in her hand the Owl of Wisdom, symbolic of the knowledge that we hope to gain from archaeology and the inspiration for the AIA's logo 130 years ago. Performing during the reception will be Kristi Shade, an alumna of The Manhattan School of Music and one of its most talented harpists.
The theme, now characterized by floral displays of dark red and black orchids, quickly changes as the Maya Feast begins. The menu has been created by Capitale's award-winning Executive Chef Jason Munger with input from the AIA's expert in Maya archaeology and a Maya descendant, as well as a Guatemalan chef. The chefs were challenged not only to cook with ingredients available to the ancient Maya but also to keep in mind the mythology related to them. Using traditional Maya folklore they have woven a culinary story dish by dish while fusing the ancient world with the new with creations such as Serrano Chile Mango Granita.
Dinner will give way to a relaxed atmosphere, where guests will be entertained by the music of Arturo O'Farrill&the Grammy-winning Chico Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. In this final portion of the evening, guests will savor international drinks and desserts. Traditional Maya hot chocolate, Guatemalan coffee and aged rum, and Asian teas will be served, as well as Dogfish Head Craft Breweries' traditionally produced Maya beer derived from cacao.Mouths watering yet?
Oh, and also--Harrison Ford will be there. Seriously. The man himself!
All told, the evening will set you back about a thousand dollars, but on the plus side, you can request to sit next to your favourite kind of archaeologist. The AIA is offering a choice of (check one): African, Asian, Biblical, Egyptian, Greek, Mesoamerican, Native American, Near Eastern or Roman.
Sadly, no archaeological scientists. But that's ok, because if we were there we'd just be hanging out in the corner with our lab coats and test tubes being way to shy to talk to Indiana Jones in person.
Plus, the last time I checked, I needed that thousand bucks to pay my bills.