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Yummy beef tenderloin, Italian-style green beans and mashed potatoes with horseradish cream sauce, compliments of Chef Payne Harding of Cache restaurant.

Mouth-watering walleye with buttered potatoes and stuffed squash by Chef Peter Brave of Brave New Restaurant.

Crawfish Creole with grits by Chef James Hale of the Capital Hotel? Ummm hmmm.

And ohhh ... spice cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing by Chef Hannah Lavender of Lavender Bakes.

Yep, it was that time again ... time for Blue Plate Special, the popular annual gustatory delight of an event benefiting the Thea Foundation. This year's incarnation took place Oct. 21 at its usual spot -- the Capital Hotel mezzanine, with a backdrop of jazz by Danny Fletcher, Thea supporter and former board president, and his band, Jazz R Us.

Guests sampled a selection of fine wines, along with gourmet fare by the aforementioned chefs as well as Chef Gilbert Alaquinez of Kemuri, Chef Steve Binotti of Petit & Keet, the staff of Chef Kim Henderson of Heritage Catering and sous chefs representing Chef Marc Abernathy of Red Door. Musician Rodney Block, artist Barry Thomas, fashion designer Bryant Phelan and vocalist Bijoux Pighee made up a troupe of local-celebrity servers.

During a short program Mark Roberts, of presenting sponsor Malvern National Bank, was given a token of appreciation by Thea board treasurer Rusty Guerra and the organization's executive director, Nick Leopoulos.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the foundation, which engages a comprehensive collection of programs in its mission to advocate the importance of the arts in youth development.

Photo by Lauren Clark
Allison Durani, Tamia and Ruben Evans, Scott Todd and Christie and Addyson Turner

High Profile on 11/03/2019

Print Headline: Blue Plate Special hits the spot for foundation


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