“Last year we introduced The Men’s Event to allow men to drink amazing wine, enjoy a delicious meal and help raise funds for our beneficiaries,” said Holly Hearn Whaley, President/CEO of Nashville Wine Auction. “As The Men’s Event enters its second year, we are taking over the main floor at Prima to allow even more gentlemen to join us.”
Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Harvey Crouch and Jim Lewis, The Men’s Event celebrates the convivial gathering of gentlemen with two things that men love: a big steak and lots of red wine! The evening will start with a cocktail reception at Prima before guests sit down to a five course dinner with wine pairings, prepared by Prima Executive Chef Salvador Avila.
The event will be held in the spirit of the late Billy Ray Hearn, a loyal patron of Nashville Wine Auction who oftentimes gathered “the boys” for gastronomic feasts featuring some of the world’s best wine and food.
The menu for the night will feature the following courses after welcome cocktails:
1st Course – Lamb Tartare, Preserved Meyer Lemon Dressing, Charred Carrots, Sweet Potato Chips paired with Reynolds Family “Los Carneros” Pinot Noir 2012
2nd Course – Cured Magret Duck Breast, Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Breadcrumb, Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad paired with Casa Piena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
3rd Course – Braised Beef Cheeks, Pumpkin Risotto, Fried Pumpkin Seeds paired with Peacock Family Vineyard Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
4th Course – Dry Aged Bear Creek Ribeye on a String, Charred Green Beans, Black Walnuts, Smoked Onion Jus paired with Harumph /Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
5th Course – Pumpkin Pie
Guests are also encouraged to bring selections from their cellar to pair alongside dinner and share with friends. Guests have four options to purchase tickets which include individual tickets at $250 per person ($200 is tax-deductible), a table for four at $1,000 per table ($800 is tax-deductible), a table for six at $1,500 per table ($1,200 is tax deductible) or a table for eight at $2,000 per table ($1,600 is tax-deductible). Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.NashvilleWineAuction.com or calling the Nashville Wine Auction office at (615) 329-1760.
Sponsors for The Men’s Event include Prima, Delta Dental, Tennessee Wine and Spirits, Reynolds Family Winery, Peacock Vineyards, Casa Piena and Harumph.
HOST COMMITTEE: Tom Baldwin, Chase Cole, Harvey Crouch, Lindsey Cooper, Jeff Drummonds, Michael Gold, Jason Hickok, Brandon Jenkins, Brian Junghans, Jim Lewis, Brad Morley, David Osborn, Jason Pharris, Gary Rzucidlo, Bill Sites, Chas Welch.
ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events – Pairings: The Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne and Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies and The Men’s Event. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $20 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care, and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2016 list of beneficiaries includes American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Gilda’s Club/Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Saint Thomas Cancer Network.