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Wine & Dine

A Benefit for Special Olympics Greater Memphis

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Don Perry

The 2017 Wine & Dine event gathered top local chefs to prepare dishes that were matched with fine wines, all to benefit Special Olympics Greater Memphis. Chef Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass/Next Door and Sunrise was the Chef Chair and Wine and Event Sponsors were Shane Waldroup, Scott Barnes, Cotton Row Uniques, and Germantown Village Wine & Liquor.

Touted as a “star-studded culinary and wine experience,” guests mingled among tasting tables as they enjoyed food and wine selected to highlight and complement each bite. Local participating chefs included Andrew Adams of Acre, Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen/Hog & Hominy/Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, Ben Smith of Tsunami, Craig Blondis of Central BBQ, Erling Jensen Erling of Jensen the Restaurant, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s, Jeremy Martin of 901 Tacos, Keith Bambrick of McEwen’s, Kelly English of Restaurant Iris/Second Line, Lance Morton of Amerigo, Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s, Mike Miller of Heritage Tavern & Kitchen, Patrick Gilbert of Owen Brennan’s, Ryan Trimm of Sunrise/Sweet Grass/Next Door, Tim Bednarski of Elwood’s Shack, and Wade Hartsfield of Tower Center/Wade & Company. Frost Bake Shop and Gibson’s Donuts provided desserts.

Guest chefs were New Orleans native Josh Galliano of Companion Bakery, St. Louis, Missouri; Samuel Monsour of Preux & Proper, Los Angeles, California; and Nick Rice of Forklift, Tupelo, Mississippi. Galliano is winner of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef: Midwest” and also is a multiple-time nominee for James Beard Best Chef. Monsour is a third-generation chef, cookbook author and food activist who has appeared on numerous TV networks such as Food Network, Travel Channel and Hallmark. Rice studied at L’Ecole Culinaire in Cordova and gained experience working at Huey’s Restaurants before holding chef positions at popular Memphis eateries Owen Brennan’s and Lafayette’s Music Room.

In addition to wining and dining, guests browsed and bid on live and silent auction items that included home chef appearances and destination trips. Date night baskets, sports memorabilia and, of course, a variety of wines were also up for bid. The evening’s entertainment was provided by musical duo Bob Buckley and David Collins.

“Special Olympics Greater Memphis’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community,” explained Lisa Taylor, Director of Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. “We were pleased to offer supporters of Special Olympics this opportunity to sample dishes made by so many of Memphis’ talented chefs plus our distinguished out-of-town guest chefs.”

For more information about Special Olympics of Greater Memphis, visit www.specialolympicsmem.org.


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