MEMPHIS: The 2018 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Wine & Food Series – the premier, longest-running wine series in Memphis, continues with the exclusive Luncheon with the Masters on Friday, May 18. Participants will join award-winning chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman in Downtown Memphis at Catherine & Mary’s for lunch at noon, paired with wines from Billy Weiss and North Berkeley Imports.
This year’s featured vintners for the Grand Artisans’ Dinner include representatives from Domaine Della, Devil Proof, Spire Collection, and Peay Vineyards. The 2018 award-winning chef team includes Andy Ticer, Michael Hudman, and Ryan Prewitt. This exclusive and intimate dinner will be held on the Terrace at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Friday, May 18. Wines from the featured winemakers will be showcased alongside a five-course dinner from our award-winning chefs.
The James Beard Foundation named Ticer & Hudman semi-finalists for the Best Chef: Southeast award for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The chefs were nominated in 2015, 2016, 2017 and most recently in 2018. Prewitt is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South in 2014 for his restaurant Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.
The series’ culminating event, the Grand Auction, takes place Saturday, May 19 under the tent on the plaza of the Brooks Museum. Guests will settle into their seats for the evening live auction of 50 + lots, including rare and high-profile wines, exotic destinations, fine art, jewelry, tastings, and private dinners. Guests bid on these items while enjoying the wines and the company of our featured vintners and an abundance of food from Paradox Catering and Chef Jimmy Gentry. This is a high-energy live auction, with all proceeds going to the museum’s education programs.
Memphis Brooks Wine & Food Series is the museum’s premier fundraising endeavor. Dollars raised from this season of events makes the arts accessible to children and adults across the Mid-South. Over the past 26 years, the series has contributed approximately $5 million in net revenue to the Brooks, which directly supports the museum’s award-winning educational and community outreach programs. The museum is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution. With less than 12 percent of its budget provided by government funding, the Brooks relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations for support to meet operating costs and other expenses.
The chairs for the 2018 Memphis Brooks Wine & Food Series are Emily and Bradley Rice and Sarah and David Thompson. The 2018 Memphis Brooks Wine & Food Series is presented by First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst and Lexus of Memphis. It is sponsored by SouthernSun Asset Management, Buster’s Liquors and Wines, North Berkeley Imports, The Peabody Memphis, Hauber Family Foundation, UBS Parker Wealth Management Group, A2H, Inc., Morris Auction Group, Bradley Rice/The Fischer Company, Campbell Clinic, Dr. and Mrs. Roy Bors-Koefoed, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Kitchens Unlimited, Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson, and Charlie Hanavich.
2018 Memphis Brooks Wine + Food Series dates and events:
Friday, May 18 | 12 p.m.
Luncheon with the Masters at Catherine & Mary’s. Enjoy a lunch featuring food by chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman and wines from Billy Weiss and North Berkeley Imports. Tickets are $300 per person.
Friday, May 18 | 6:30 p.m.
Grand Artisans’ Dinner at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Enjoy this exclusive and intimate dinner, where wines from the featured winemakers will be showcased alongside a four-course dinner from our award-winning chef team. Tickets are $750 per person, which includes admission to the Grand Auction.
Satuday, May 19 | 5 p.m.
Grand Auction at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Raise your paddle and your glass to the event that only gets better with age. Tickets are $150 per person or $2,500 for a reserved table for 12.