Nashville Wine Auction Launches New Fundraising Fête: Introducing Pairings, a Celebration of Wine and Food

Nashville Wine Auction announces its newest event for wine and food enthusiasts. Pairings combines a fantastic five-course meal—with the perfect selection of wines for each course—prepared by a stellar lineup of local and regional chefs. All proceeds benefit local cancer research organizations and the recovery efforts of cancer patients in Middle Tennessee.

The inaugural Pairings will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Featured chefs will include New York chef and James Beard Award winner Nate Appleman; Roderick Bailey of Nashville’s Silly Goose, Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel; the tandem pair of Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog and Hominy in Memphis; Will Uhlhorn of Table 3 in Nashville; Tandra Watkins of Capital Hotel Little Rock Tandy Wilson of City House Nashville; and others.

The dinner will showcase wines of the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley, California, including offerings from Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Robinson Family Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and Taylor Family Vineyards. In addition to raising a wine glass at the event, you can also raise an auction paddle. Pairings will include live and silent auctions with numerous fine wines, luxury items, and exclusive vacation experiences.

With the launch of the new event, the Nashville Wine Auction is no longer just the host of America’s oldest charity wine auction, but also its youngest. Pairings makes an ideal counterpart to the group’s l’Eté du Vin, which has helped the Nashville Wine Auction raise more than $17 million for various cancer organizations since 1980.

“Whether you’re an experienced connoisseur of fine wines or just enjoy an occasional glass, this new event promises the perfect pairing of wine and food to delight your palette,” said Keri V. McInnis, Pairings event chair. “We have prepared an evening of fun and enchantment that will quickly become a highlight of the Nashville social calendar.”

“The inaugural Pairings event represents a significant expansion of our strategy to raise funds for organizations that serve cancer patients and their families in Middle Tennessee,” said Holly Whaley, executive director of the Nashville Wine Auction. “We are thrilled to offer our supporters an amazing evening, and we are excited about how much this new event is going to benefit the organizations that carry on the fight against cancer every day.”

To purchase tickets for Pairings, please visit the Pairings Registration Site.