Cary, N.C. -- Guest chefs Ken Vedrinski and Michael Kramer will be displaying their culinary skills at Expressions V. A Celebration of Food and Art, set for Nov. 20, 2015. This event bringing together philanthropists, food and wine enthusiasts and lovers of the arts will benefit Lucy Daniels Center, the region’s largest nonprofit children’s mental and emotional health agency.

The annual event will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lucy Daniels Center. The featured artist for this year’s event is Beverly McIver, a leading figure in the contemporary art world and North Carolina resident.

 What makes Expressions V so unique is its marriage between art and cuisine. Led by Steven Deveraux Greene – executive chef at The Umstead Hotel & Spa – and his colleagues, a multi-course meal complemented with expert wine pairings will be created that is inspired by McIver’s chromatically rich artistry. During the evening, guests will have a unique opportunity to hear from the artist and chefs about their collaborative process and literally taste the fruits of those efforts. 

Two prominent guest chefs will be joining Greene’s culinary team for Expressions V. They are:

  • Michael Kramer – Currently the executive chef for The Lazy Goat in Greenville, S.C.’s West End, and executive chef of culinary operations for Table 301. Kramer’s biography and musings about food may be accessed by clicking here.   
  • Ken Vedrinski – Currently the executive chef, owner and sommelier of Trattoria Lucca in downtown Charleston, S.C. and of the new Coda del Pesce restaurant, also in Charleston. To read more about Vedrinski, please click here. 

Proceeds from the benefit enable the Lucy Daniels Center to continue providing services for children up to age 12 who are having social, emotional or behavioral difficultie. Thanks to the Center’s Family Support Fund, more than 90 percent of families pay less than the full cost of treatment, and one family in six receives services for free.

Honorary chairs of Expressions V are Frank and Julia Daniels. Corporate sponsors for the event include The Umstead Hotel and Spa, ABC News Channel 11, Rex Healthcare and PNC Bank. 

For information about table sponsorships and tickets, please contact Ellen Fort, Director of Development and Communications, at 919.677.1400 x.120 or