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.
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.
Wine: Left Coast 2021 “The Orchard” Pinot Gris
Amuse Bouche: Muffuletta Puff
Salami, smoked ham, Provolone, olive tapenade
Wine: Left Coast 2021 Truffle Hill Chardonnay
When the Saints Go Marching In
Soup: Crawfish Bisque
Crawfish stock, blonde roux, fresh cream, chive
Wine: Left Coast 2020 White Pinot Noir
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Salad: Shrimp and grit cake
Smoked Gouda grits, gulf shrimp, arugula salad, white balsamic vinaigrette
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 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
You never know where the APO could pop up with unique local arts experiences. Actually, come to think of it, you can know.
Whatever the APO surprises and delights Northwest Arkansas with next, you won't want to miss it! Your data's safe with us.
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