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Evening With the Maestro Featuring Chef Adam Thone

Food, wine, sax: A Memorable evening with the maestro!


We hope you loosened your collar and maybe your belt! It was 2023's first opportunity to chat and chew the fat with good friends, and of course, the APO's world-renowned conductor. 


This time, Maestro Steven Byess put down the baton and picked up the sax! Steven broke new ground and bread with some of Northwest Arkansas' most ardent arts lovers.


AKA you! And our featured Chef, Adam Thone of The Event Group

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Chef Adam Thone's 15-year culinary history has ranged from local burgers stands to a world class resort. While attending Arkansas Tech University and studying Applied Sciences in Culinary Management, Adam received an internship at Big Cedar Lodge. At the conclusion of his internship, he was asked to join their kitchen staff and performed a wide-range of duties including serving the five restaurants on property, frequently putting out 1,200 covers in a four-hour time period during peak season.


Upon returning to Arkansas, he rose through the ranks at the Springdale Country Club and became Executive Chef for several years before joining The Event Group. Chef Adam Thone has been with The Event Group since May 2019. He leads a kitchen team that specializes in off-premise catering for weddings and corporate events held throughout NWA. 


Passed Course


Wine: Left Coast 2021 “The Orchard” Pinot Gris


Amuse Bouche: Muffuletta Puff

Salami, smoked ham, Provolone, olive tapenade

First Course


Wine: Left Coast 2021 Truffle Hill Chardonnay



When the Saints Go Marching In

Tiger Rag 


Soup: Crawfish Bisque

Crawfish stock, blonde roux, fresh cream, chive

Second Course


Wine: Left Coast 2020 White Pinot Noir



Alexander’s Ragtime Band

That's a-Plenty


Salad: Shrimp and grit cake

Smoked Gouda grits, gulf shrimp, arugula salad, white balsamic vinaigrette

Main Course


Wine: Left Coast 2019 “Cali’s Cuveé” Pinot Noir



Just a Closer Walk - Second Line


Entrée: Cajun Cochon

Frenched bone-in pork chop, dirty rice, roasted okra

Dessert Course 


Dessert Spirit: Ballotin Chocolate Toffee Whiskey



Bourbon Street Parade

When the Saints Go Marching In (Reprise)


Dessert: New Orleans Bread Pudding

Pistolet crouton, white chocolate custard, white chocolate sauce, fresh berries

Presenting the wines of Left Coast Estate

A Word From the Maestro


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