$2,000-a-Minute Dinner


TMZ reports that diva icon Aretha Franklin took part in a phenomenally expensive "eat and run" at a Manhattan fundraising event for President Obama.

Aretha Franklin just left Sarah Jessica Parker's $40,000 a-plate dinner party … after spending just 20 MINUTES INSIDE … that's $2,000-per minute!!!!!

On her way out, Ms. Franklin told us the food was impressive … "chicken with a mustard sauce, diced tomatoes and a lot of relishes on the side of the plate."

She added, "Very tasty."

Franklin was the first to arrive at the event, held at starlet Sarah Jessica Parker’s glamorous home, and the first to leave.