Several things happen when you build your life around food. You find yourself constantly surrounded by others who work with their hands, whose bodies are a kind of machine for their mind and ideas. It didn't take me very long, upon entering adulthood, to realize that these people (cooks, painters, sculptors, wood workers) were my people. And when I meet someone who is working as dedicatedly hard as I do on a daily basis to make these ideas a part of their reality, well, I fall madly in love with them and their spirit and their work and the immense amount of beauty I find in their processes. I feel damned lucky to find myself around these kind of people every single day of my life. People who mean it, every single time.
I was asked, earlier this year, to become a part of a series of curated photography exhibits by Libby Callaway and Susan Sherrick called Joint Project. It has been a way for me to bring my interests back full circle to the visual art community (which is where I started way back before I ever set foot in a professional kitchen). It's been really important and wonderful to me to find myself around some of Nashville mosts important artists and some really, truly badass and awe inspiring work. There is important work being made in this city. Really important.
Enter Buddy Jackson. If you aren't familiar with Buddy's work, you should take a minute to poke around some of the various online things I know are out there about him. I'll save you my two cent art history notes and just tell you that I'm bowled over every single time I walk into his house and his studio. His home is a beautiful gallery of his work and he graciously opens it up to people, collectors and non, on the regular just so it can be seen. During one of these openings, as I wandered through his charming kitchen, I thought: why not cook and eat and show this work all at the same time? So. Here we are! So far, we have a really lovely night planned. Buddy will be presenting new and old works both in his home and in his studio (behind his house with a lovely courtyard in between). Susan Sherrick will be on hand to answer questions for any interested collectors. The Howlin' Brothers will be performing for our cocktail hour. And I'll be cooking a four course meal with wine pairings!
When you buy a seat to this supper, you'll be making a contribution to one of Nashville's most important artists and having an experience that I believe will be the start of many more artist collaborations to come. Since I can't yet buy art, the best way I know how to support it is to cook. So, I'm gonna do some cooking.
Seats will be limited to 30 folks. Details will be sent to guests after reservation confirmations have been made. Tickets will be $85/per person and will include appetizers and cocktails, four courses and wine pairings, musical guests The Howlin' Brothers and a private viewing of Buddy Jackson's works and studio.
Guests will receive an email confirmation within 24hours. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable to another guest and re-sellable by the guest. BMR cannot resell or re-date the tickets for another Supper.
As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me directly.
Looking very forward to it! See you at the table! LD
images courtesy of Buddy Jackson