Two hundred and fifty people knew a good thing when they heard about it and they greatly enjoyed the 2nd Annual Empanada Tasting Event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).
Presented by the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce and TPAC, the event featured numerous restaurants offering empanadas, made from corn meal and stuffed with beef, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, guava, and much more.
Everyone also enjoyed a special presentation from Studio Tenn’s original production of Evita.
Tickets were only $20 and could be exchanged for five empanadas and a drink. For those who wanted even more delicious empanadas, more tickets could be purchased.
Participating vendors included: Delicias Colombianas (featuring empanadas from Colombia), Food 4 You Catering (Mexico), Karla’s Catering and Prepared Foods (Mexico), Nelly’s Authentic Peruvian Sweets (Peru), Que Delicias Catering (Colombia), Rico Ricky y El Gordito (Colombia), and Salsa Restaurant (Puerto Rico).
The TPAC Gala was held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to support the organization’s educational, cultural and outreach initiatives.
Applause Award recipients were Aubrey Harwell and Regions Bank. TPAC Education’s 2016 Teacher of the Year was Allison Brazzel.
The theme for this year’s event was inspired by the hit musical comedy Something Rotten!, which will play in the 2016-2017 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series.
A huge silent auction offered TPAC experiences connected to the Broadway season, art, jewelry, sports packages, and much more.
Sargent’s Catering provided the delicious meal, featuring green salad with orange raspberry vinaigrette, roasted salmon and beef filet, and sticky toffee pudding.
Co-chairs of the event were Julie Allen and Tracy Kane. Amy McDaniel and Milton White oversaw the auction. And Jason Bradshaw, Bob Deal and Phillipe Chadwick created the gorgeous centerpieces using vegetables, flowers and miniature street lights with votive candles on maroon cloths.