Cary, N.C.— The Lucy Daniels Center today announced that 2014 Expressions: A Celebration of Food and Art raised $114,750 to benefit its programs.  The event, which was held Nov. 14 at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, featured the culinary talents of renowned chefs Steven Devereaux Greene, Vivian Howard, Kelly Fields, Kim Floresca and Evan Sheridan with the artistry of Paperhand Puppet Intervention. 

“The 2014 Expressions event was our most successful to date. Not only were tickets sold out for the third consecutive year but the event raised more than any of the previous three years,” said Clarenda Stanley-Anderson, Director of Development and Communications.  “We are so grateful to the wonderful chefs, artists, sponsors, and attendees who made this event possible, and we are already excited about the possibilities for 2015 Expressions.”

Leading the team of chefs were Steven Devereaux Greene and Vivian Howard.  Greene is executive chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa, a Cary, North Carolina hotel lauded for its progressive American regional cuisine. He is one of the country’s youngest executive chefs to helm the kitchen of a Forbes Five Star or AAA Five Diamond establishment. Named a “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality in 2008, Greene has twice cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York, representing Herons in 2011 and Devereaux’s in 2007. 

Vivian Howard is the owner and chef at Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, N.C.  After working at restaurants in New York, she returned to North Carolina to open her own restaurant.  Howard and Chef and the Farmer will be featured in “A Chef’s Life,” a PBS television series.

Also joining the team of chefs were Kelly Fields, pastry chef at John Besh’s August in New Orleans, Kim Floresca, chef of [ONE] in Chapel Hill, and Evan Sheridan, pastry chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and Herons.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is based in Saxapahaw and creates sumptuous spectacles and performances using giant puppets, masks, painted flats, rod and shadow puppets all set to live music. Founded by Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger, Paperhand performs pageants, leads parades through the streets, teaches puppet making workshops, and performs a multitude of venues across the Triangle and beyond.


Entering its 25th year 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