4th Annual Benefit: April 9, 2011


Symphony of the Mountains “An Evening of Musical & Epicurean Delights”


On April 9, 2011, Symphony of the Mountains will present its fourth annual “Evening of Musical and Epicurean Delights” gala at The Club at Ridgefields in Kingsport, Tennessee. The benefit for the Symphony, which is a non-profit organization, has become a highly anticipated event, not only by the supporters of the Symphony, but also by area food and wine lovers. The evening features a six-course dinner prepared by guest chefs, wine pairings selected by Melissa Ward of the Troutdale Dining Room, music between courses, live and silent auctions and a cash bar.

During the reception hour, which begins at 6:00p.m., Ms. Chloe Harvel and Ms. Laura Quillen, members of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra will provide the music. During the dinner courses the guest artists who will perform are: Vicki Fey (pianist), Mark Owen Davis (baritone), Sean Clair (violinist), Kellie Brown (violinist), Tim Landis (bass) and Dr. Sun-Joo Oh (soprano).

The guest chefs represent the finest in culinary talent and include:

Chef Jimmy Ellis from McKinney’s Tavern by Troutdale at the Hale Springs Inn, Rogersville, Tennessee who will provide the hors d’oeuvres. He tenured at the Chateau Elan and was executive chef at the Hoyt House in Atlanta, Georgia.

Executive Chef Thomas Abrahamsson from Maxine’s Restaurant, the Manor Resort, Farmville, Virginia. An international chef from Sweden, who has worked for the Swedish Royal Family and former President Clinton will prepare the appetizer.

Executive Chef Jean-Claude Seruga, Centre at Millennium Park, Johnson City, Tennessee. Born in Paris, France, he tenured at Le Perigord Restaurant in New York City and at the Bel-Aire Hotel in Beverly Hills California, he will prepare the soup course.

Executive Chef Naomi Figaredo, Figaredo’s Restaurant, Abingdon, Virginia. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and tenured at Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City and she opened Le Cirque in Mexico City, she will prepare the salad course.

Executive Chef Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother Restaurant, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally from Abingdon, VA, he was voted one of the top 10 chefs in 2009 by “Food and Wine” magazine and he will prepare the fish course.

Executive Chef Jassen Campbell, House on Main, Abingdon, Virginia. He was formerly with “82 Queen” in Charleston, SC; “Upstream” in Charlotte, NC, McCrady’s in Charleston, SC and “CQ’s” on Hilton Head Island, SC and he will prepare the meat course.

Executive Chef Michael Barbado, Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, NC. He was formerly with the PGA National Resort and the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida; the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC and Westin Hotels in Pittsburgh, PA. He and his wife, Cynthia, a pastry chef at the Chetola Resort, are happy to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to be preparing the dessert course.

Mr. Bart Long, Register of Deeds, will be the auctioneer for the live auction, which will begin at 7:00p.m. The silent auction takes place throughout the evening. A sampling of the auction items: one week for two in Switzerland; one week in Costa Rica; a two night stay at the Umstead Resort and Spa in Cary, N.C.; a 46” Samsung LED TV; a round of golf at the Olde Farm; a week in a 4-bedroom beach-front home, Litchfield, SC; a two night (week-day) retreat at the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, TN; a two-night visit to the Swag Inn, Waynesville, NC; a one-hour airplane ride for up to 3 people in a Cessna aircraft; catered dinners, wine pairings and guest appearances with the Symphony and so much more.

The cost for this unforgettable evening has remained the same for 4 years…$125.00 per person…$900.00 for a corporate table for eight. The RSVP deadline is April 1, 2011.

Symphony of the Mountains is a regional orchestra which offers outreach programs for the children and the youth of our communities. The orchestra has been asked by the Blowing Rock, N.C, Chamber of Commerce to perform for the second time at “Symphony by the Lake” at the Chetola Resort in July.

Please mark the date on your calendar and help us “keep the music playing”…Reservations can be made by calling (423)392-8423. Further information is available on the website: www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org or e-mailing: info@symphonyofthemountains.org.