How’s this for a creative fundraising theme? Middle Eastern food served in an art gallery. Gourmet olive oil and vinegar tastings. And a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra quartet! They called it “sense-sational” because it appealed to all the senses. Cute.
This particular gathering was held in the historic Emporium Building on the 100 block of Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The Symphony’s offices are located in that building, but it also contains a lot of gallery space. The oil and vinegar tasting, hosted by The Tree and Vine shop, was held in the upper floor gallery and dinner and the music were downstairs in the big common area. It was a very relaxed Friday evening.
Interestingly, Terri Karlsson, who owns The Tree and Vine with her husband, Paul, reported that the little shop that opened on Union Avenue in downtown Knoxville just last year is experiencing fabulous success. In fact, she said, the Knoxville location is much busier than the original Tree and Vine located in Asheville. If you have not been, I highly recommend you pay them a visit. It’s a charming store — and is set up specifically so visitors can taste a very wide sampling of olive oils and vinegars. And the gourmet cookware available makes it a perfect stop if you are looking for a gift. The vinegars and olive oils come in a variety of sizes – and customers can package them in groups of two, four or six. I like to take them as hostess gifts.
So, here’s a quick look at the Elegant Dining event featuring the innovative little shop. Don’t forget to sign up soon if you want to go to any of the remaining Elegant Dining events this year.
(Click here if you’d like to see a Blue Streak post about The Tree and Vine when it opened in July.)