Wine & Dine Benefit 2016


The 6th Annual Wine & Dine, a benefit for the Special Olympics, took place this past Sunday evening at the Tower Center atop Clark Tower.  Guests sampled dishes from fifteen of the top chefs in Memphis, and treats by Frost Bake Shop and Gibson’s Donuts.

Andrew Adams, Acre
Ben Smith, Tsunami
Erling Jensen, Erling Jensen the Restaurant
Felicia Willett, Felicia Suzanne’s
Jeremy Martin, Tuscany Italian Eatery
Jonathan Magallanes, Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana
Keith Bambrick, McEwen’s
Keith Clinton, Tower Center/Wade & Company
Kelly English, Restaurant Iris/Second Line
Michael Hanna, Hanna Farms
Mike Miller, Heritage Tavern & Kitchen
Nick Rice, Restaurant South
Ryan Trimm, Sweet Grass/Next Door
Tim Bednarski, Elwood’s Shack



As always, the rooms were decorated beautifully and warmly.  The second you exited the elevator, not only were you greeted by the marvelous sight of donuts, but also the elaborately decorated entryway and mantle.



Attendees dined at tables adorned with cream-colored roses, orchids, floral centerpieces, and golden ornaments.  The atmosphere was very relaxing and inviting.




Chef Jeremy Martin of Tuscany Italian Eatery was present once again with my personal favorite of his: Orzo salad with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, roasted pine nuts, and kalamata olives.  (You can read my post about Tuscany here.)


14 wines were offered, of which I tried the Barone Fini Valdige Pinot Grigio 2014 and the Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay 2014.  I preferred the former, which was light and faintly citrus-y.



Guests also perused the many auction items, and were able to buy tickets to win one of the four large gift basket packages valued between $600 and $2,200.

Individual auction items included Memphis Tiger’s season tickets, paintings by local artists Kevin Bowers and Ken Lecco, and a Dinner for 8 at your home by Chef Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass.


On our way to the unofficial after party in the bar area, we were given glazed donuts from Gibson’s and butter cookies from Frost Bake Shop to enjoy during the final live auction.

Of course, at this point in the night, everyone had kicked off their heels.  A girl’s gotta carry her flowers somehow.


I very much enjoyed attending Wine & Dine again.  You can read my post from last year here.

If you’d like to support the cause, check the Special Olympics’ other events like the Polar Bear Plunge and the Chili Cook-Off.




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