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Evening with the Maestro Featuring Chef Steven D. Brooks

FOOD WINE AND MUSIC: THIS EVENING WITH THE MAESTRO HONORED COLLABORATION

 
Great things happen when people work together. Especially when you’re talking about a fun night out.
June 8th’s Evening with the Maestro was dressed to the nines in the theme of Collaboration.
 
Our Conductor Steven Byess and Chef Steven D. Brooks shared creative ideas, themes, the spotlight and even first names to bring an unforgettable night of food complementing wine complementing music.

THE MENU

PASSED

COURSE

 

Wine: Protea Chenin Blanc

 

Passed Course: Tomato and Mozzarella

FIRST COURSE

 

Wine: Protea Chardonnay

 

Salad: Strawberry and Balsamic Salad

 

Music: J.S. Bach -- Courante from Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major

SECOND

COURSE

 

Wine: Krone Sparkling Brut

 

Second: Chicken and Waffles

 

Music: Gabriel Fauré -- Après un Rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

MAIN COURSE

 

Wine: Rupert Optima Red Wine

 

Entrée: Steak and Shrimp, Mac & Cheese, Peas & Carrots

 

Music: Robert Schumann -- Rasch und mit Feuer from Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

DESSERT COURSE

 

Dessert Spirit: Ballotin Chocolate White Russian Cocktail

 

Dessert: Cookies and Cream

 

Music: Fritz Kreisler --Liebesleid from Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen

A SOUPÇON OF EXECUTIVE CHEF STEVEN D. BROOKS' ACHIEVEMENTS

This drummer-turned-Chef started his culinary career in 1991. Steven relocated to Northwest Arkansas in 2000 and has helped shape the local culinary landscape since. Today, he's the Corporate Executive Chef at Tankersley Foods and a Culinary Instructor at Northwest Arkansas Community College. But you may better recognize him from his many T.V. gigs from Cooking Today on NBC, Cook with Brooks on AETN/PBS, to most recently Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network. 
 
Steven was voted by Citiscapes Monthly Metro readers as one of the Top 5 Chefs 5 years in a row, was a winner dessert-portion on Top Chefs and Rock stars in 2007, and won an Arkansas Broadcaster's Association award for Best Television Production in 2014. Hungry? 

MEET THE PIANIST, KRISTINE OLEFSKY

Making her professional debut at age 10 with the Kammergild Symphony, Kristy has soloed with many orchestras including the Town and Country Symphony, St. Charles Symphony, Webster University Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. She has been invited to present solo recitals at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, and Missouri State University. Kristy was a principal performer at the St. Louis Municipal Opera, a guest artist at the opening ceremony of the International Piano Pedagogy Teacher's Conference, and was featured on NPR's "From the Top." Currently based in Northwest Arkansas, Kristy serves as orchestral pianist in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, is faculty at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, maintains a private studio at Arkansas Music Conservatory, and is part of the Music Ministry team at First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville. Specializing in brass accompaniment, she has performed with artists such as Allen Vizzutti, Wiff Rudd, Demondrae Thurman, Rex Richardson, and Patrick Sheridan. She can be heard on the albums "Notes from the Underground," "Pa la Calle," and "Undreamed Shores," "Mirrors," and "Impressions of France."

MEET THE CELLIST, PECOS SINGER

Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pecos Singer was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a finalist in the Coeur d'Alene National Young Artist Competition, and previous recipient of the Carlsen Cello Foundation. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland, and was a recent fellow at Bard College, performing as Principal Cello with The Orchestra Now at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall. Pecos is currently Principal Cello of the Arkansas Philharmonic and teaches cello and chamber music at the University of Arkansas.


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