Tag Archives: Bear Stephenson

UT Gardens Gala: over-the-top food on a fun Friday

We go to a heck of a lot of events every year and sometimes they all kind of blend together. Very few stand out. But the UT Gardens Gala does. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something different about … Continue reading

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That bird didn’t fly, but wine was divine

I might not be the most adventurous eater you’ve ever met, but I do try to sample new things from time to time. Thanks to the wonderful Trust Fall dinners (click here and here and here and here), I have … Continue reading

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Secret garden steeped in Knoxville ‘her-story’

The folks at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum put together a touching and creative tribute to two special Knoxville women recently. During its popular annual Green Thumb Gala fundraiser, the garden unveiled a real “secret garden” created in honor … Continue reading

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Southern Summer’s Night lights path to hope

For 20 years, Covenant Health’s Hope Center has been benefiting people and families coping with AIDS and HIV. For 14 of those years, Rick Fox and Ralph Cianelli have been throwing a huge fundraising party in the middle of summer … Continue reading

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UT Gardens honor major donor — and peonies!

The weather gods smiled upon the UT Gardens Gala, thank goodness, as several hundred supporters gathered to raise money and also raise a glass or two to Henry McIlwaine Jr., whose generosity will fund a new pavilion on the Neyland … Continue reading

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Symphony Ball: In a League of its own

You don’t normally expect to see a bagpiper and cloggers at the elegant Knoxville Symphony Ball at Cherokee Country Club, but since the theme this year was “A Tennessee Christmas,” it seemed appropriate. The ball every year is the signature … Continue reading

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A hopeful gathering to kick cancer’s butt

Michelle Henry took the microphone at the American Cancer Society’s recent Hope Gala at Cherokee Country Club and told about an exasperating visit her family once made to Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta. The place was packed and lines … Continue reading

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Blossoms, biofuels and bearded irises

I pass by the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive several times a week coming and going from downtown Knoxville to parts west. They are mostly a blur to me. But once a year, we attend a fantastic fundraiser there that … Continue reading

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Les Trois Chefs: good eating for a good cause

If your idea of a good time is tasting course after sumptuous course prepared by three excellent chefs and paired with great wines by an expert, then a fundraiser called Les Trois Chefs is the event for you. Held last … Continue reading

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Trying out Food Network’s brand new wine line; Entwine set to arrive in Knoxville next week

Talk about a good idea — and the right folks to bring it to market! The folks at Food Network want to make wine more accessible to more people. They want to teach Americans how wine and food go together … Continue reading

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