Cary, NC— Take your place at the table among philanthropists, food and wine enthusiasts, and jazz lovers atExpressions. A Celebration of Food and Art., taking place Friday, October 11, at the luxurious, Five Star The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC.

Expressions has become Lucy Daniels Center's signature fundraising event and stands among the most sought-after tickets in a season filled with gala benefits. The inventiveness of the cuisine by The Umstead’s executive chef Scott Crawford and the delicious insight into the work of GRAMMY Award-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon have combined to create an evening unlike any other--benefitting a nonprofit unlike any other, the Lucy Daniels Center.

Joining them is a culinary dream team that includes multiple James Beard Award nominee Curtis Duffy, chef-owner of Grace restaurant in Chicago; Steven Devereaux Greene, executive chef of An Cuisines in Cary, NC; Daniel Benjamin, pastry chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and Herons; and Francisco Almaguer, pastry chef of An Cuisines.

Guests will enjoy a gourmet multi-course meal inspired by Freelon’s artistry, masterful wine pairings, and, throughout the evening, insightful discourse from the creative team on their inspirations and respective crafts.

Tickets are available now, but are extremely limited for this sell-out event. Ticket price is $250 ($100 of which is tax-deductible). To purchase tickets, please contact Patti Wilt at 919.459.1611 or visit

Proceeds from Expressions 2013 will benefit the Center’s life-changing child mental health and education programs.

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary, NC, is the largest nonprofit agency providing children’s mental health services in the Triangle. The Center serves children up to age 11 who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties through a comprehensive range of programs. Through the Center’s Family Support Fund, nearly 70% of families pay less than the full cost of treatment, and one family in six receives services for free.


Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit