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At Cookies and Cocktails, the recent fundraiser for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, area chefs served up the organization’s iconic cookies with a twist.
For starters, guests had their choice of two cookie-inspired signature beverages, the Savannah Berry martini and the Thin Mint martini. While sampling the chefs’ dishes, the crowd enjoyed the sounds of The Old City Buskers. Emcee Gene Patterson, from WATE-TV Channel 6, kept the event moving. Celebrity judges Dane Bradshaw, Mary Constantine and Tim Burchett selected the night’s winning entries. Best sweet dish was Thin Mint gelato created by Coolato Gelato; most creative savory dish was a chicken dish breaded with Savannah Smiles cookies created by Knoxville Catering and Special Events. The People’s Choice award went to Chez Liberty’s pork belly confit with puree of Do-si-dos, Tabasco sauce and pears. Other delicious entries included tender smoked duck breast employing Thank You Berry Much from Echo Bistro and Wine Bar; fun Samoas cupcakes from Magpies; braised alligator with an amazing mole sauce flavored with Tagalongs from Crown and Goose; and nama’s Thank You Berry Much creation, which was an amusing recreation of tuna negiri.
Guests included Booth Kammann, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians; Cathy Ackermann and Tommy Walker; Justice Sharon Lee; U.S. Congressman John and Lynn Duncan; Kim Ballard; Jerilyn and Marc Bliss; Nancy Bowen; Mary Ellen Brewington; Daniel and Stephanie Scott; Linda Davidson; Jeannie Dulaney; Zane and Hallie Duncan; John J. Duncan; Pam Fansler; Jeremy Floyd; Janice Greer; Lucille Griffo; Beth Hamil; Celeste Herbert; Amaryl Isenberg; Jimmy Holt; Amy Nolan; Cheri Nuchols; Cecilia Petersen; Cortney Piper; Sarah and Robbie Pope; Shane Rhyne; Ruth Sapp; Kristin and Eric Seabrook; Lisa Hood Skinner and Steve Skinner; Chad Tindell; Jill and Chris Van Beke; Andrea White; Rebecca Williams; and Ryan Willis. Attending chefs and owners were Austin Wood from Echo; Stephanie Barthold and Ryan Huddleton from Magpies; Jeffrey Dalejandro from Crown and Goose; Jesse Hood from Knoxville Catering and Special Events; Robert DeBinder, Cassi Morrison and Cade Thompson from Chez Liberty; Tammie Conard and Cherryl Meuret from Coolato Gelato; and Jason Kieffer, Danielle Haiden and Dillon Gough from nama.
n Ambassador Victor H. Ashe, Chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, and Lois Riggins-Ezzell, Tennessee State Museum Executive Director, recently hosted a reception honoring Knoxville textile artist Judi Gaston, a 2011 Inductee in the Tennessee State Museum’s Costume and Textile Institute. More than 50 friends, family, and public officials gathered in the Gallery at the Emporium to view examples of her art and tour her studio. Gaston is an internationally known textile artist whose award-winning work has been featured in exhibitions at the American Crafts Gallery, American Craft Enterprises Southeast, and the Craft Alliance. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the State Museum, The Tennessee Arts Commission, the University of Tennessee, and numerous private collections.
Joining Ambassador Ashe at the event were Museum Commissioner Evadine O. McMahan from Knoxville; Judith Foltz representing the City of Knoxville along with city councilmen Finbarr Saunders and Marshall Stair. Gaston’s husband, John Finger, daughter Jolie Gaston, and son Robert Gaston were there along with David Butler, Susan Creswell, Susan Hyde, Rachel Principe and Mary Hess from the Knoxville Museum of Art. Cherel Henderson, Adam Alfrey and Lisa Oakley from the East Tennessee Historical Society attended along with Liza Zenni and Suzanne Cada from the Arts and Cultural Alliance. Fellow local artists there included Bobbie Crews and husband Clay, Alan and Darlene Finch, Denise Stewart-Sanabria and Bob Leggett and wife Corrinne. Others attending included Susan Arp, Susan Richardson Williams, Beauvais Lyons from UT Knoxville and Mary Jane Crockett-Green from the State Museum.
n More than 50 invited guests recently attended a special gathering of Maryville College friends, alumni and parents at the offices of Kramer Rayson LLP in downtown Knoxville intended to introduce Maryville College’s 11th president, Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, and Maryville College board chair Wayne Kramer ’74 and vice chair Elizabeth Bulette. The event began with hors d’oeuvres and wine in the lobby and moved to the conference room for a brief presentation. Kramer is the grandson of the late Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, the sixth Maryville College president (1930-1961), and is only the 18th chair of the Maryville College Board of Directors since the College’s founding in 1819. During the presentation, an eight-minute video, produced by Heartland Series creator and producer Steve Dean, was played. The video highlights the rich history of the almost 200-year-old liberal arts college as well as the ambitious path Bogart is leading the institution toward in the months to come.
Attendees included Maryville College first lady Mary Bogart and daughter Elizabeth; Chris Housewright, ’00; John Harris; Jim Proffitt; Catherine Beals, ’47; Eleanor Barker, ’46; Harold Black; Michael Bowman; Kyle and Faith Carpenter, ’72; Gary and Pat Chambers, ’65; Allan and Rose Cox; Charles Craven, ’77; Katherine Crews, ’43; Rocky Goode; Shirley and Dan Greaser, ’60; Cap and Clara Hardin, ’57; Parks and Ann Hitch; Jeff Johnson; Tom Johnson; Robert Kaniper, ’74; James Kring ’63; Sherri Parker Lee; Dennis McClane; Mike and Judy McKenzie; Charles and Alice Mercer; Roger Nooe, ’62, and Carol Nooe, ’63; Alice Royce, ’71; Bill Rukeyser; Mary Kay Sullivan; and Don Talbott.
n Carolyn Pointer Neil, founder of Elder Advocates, recently hosted a group of friends for a discussion of support for families who are caring for elders. While sipping wine and enjoying appetizers by Willows Catering, the group discussed shared concerns. Pat Collins, founder of MedAdvocate, spoke to the group, which included Bari Gerbig, Vanda Scott, Regina Dean, Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, Susie Wilson, Cynthia Moxley, Ann Giffin, Carolyn Jensen, Debi Houck, Pat Collins and Tina Webb.
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