Cary, NC - The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood announces Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art.,a benefit featuring the collaboration of internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Thomas Sayre and The Umstead’s renowned executive chef, Scott Crawford.

Bringing together two highly personal expressions of creativity--fine cuisine and fine art--this one-of-a-kind benefit for the Center will draw guests into the imaginative processes of both through a gourmet meal inspired by Mr. Sayre’s creations. Expressions will take place Friday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC, in conjunction with the hotel’s exhibition of Sayre’s work in the fall.

Thomas Sayre, a founding principal of Raleigh’s Clearscapes multi-disciplinary design firm, has created award-winning public art projects all over the world. His love for and respect of natural materials—and his emphasis on collaboration—provide the inspiration for the evening’s reception and multi-course meal, which will be prepared by Chef Crawford and celebrated guest chefs from the Southeast: Steven D. Greene of Herons, The Umstead’s signature restaurant; Colin Bedford of The Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro, NC; Matthew Medure of Matthew’s San Marco and Restaurant Medure in Jacksonville, FL; and Daniel Benjamin of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and Herons. Reflecting the evening’s emphasis on earth and organic concepts, courses will be paired with biodynamic wines.

Throughout the evening, Crawford and Sayre will be on hand to comment about their creations and their unique partnership for this event in support of the Center. The Center is the Triangle area’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit provider of mental health services exclusively for children.

“The points of intersection between art and food seem replete with possibility,” Sayre said of this unique collaboration with Crawford. “In the making of art and the preparation of food, the earth gives back many of its riches. In both, the body and soul are nourished.”

Crawford emphasized that connection as well. “Through the expression of nature’s influence on art and food, we—the team of chefs—hope to inspire our audience the way we have been inspired during our collaboration with Mr. Sayre,” he said.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is North Carolina’s first full-service hotel to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and is a Forbes Five Star rated property, was named to the Travel + Leisure T+L 500 list in 2011 and is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Its restaurant, Herons, has been awarded a AAA Five Diamond Award and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Restaurant of the Year honor, as well as earning recognition in publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + LeisureSouthern Living and Food & Wine.

Tickets to this event are $250 per person (including a tax deductible donation of $100) and tables for eight people are $2,500 ($1,300 of which is tax deductible), with more than $175 of the ticket price per person benefiting the Center’s Family Support Fund. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available.

For more information about Expressions, including ticket purchases and sponsorships, visit or call Patti Wilt at 919.459.1611.


The Lucy Daniels Center, founded in 1991, is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children. It is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children’s mental health services in North Carolina’s Triangle region. The Center serves children up to age 11 who have behavioral or social difficulties or show signs of emotional problems through mental health assessments, family counseling, and therapy in both one-on-one and classroom settings. The staff of more than 25 social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and educators offers individualized care for each child and family. 

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