Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art. 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 elegance of The Umstead Hotel and Spa, the inventiveness of the cuisine by Chef Scott Crawford and his team, and the delicious insight into the work of our acclaimed featured artist have combined to create an evening unlike any other--benefitting a nonprofit unlike any other: the Lucy Daniels Center.
This year's Expressions will take the successes of our first two collaborations to new levels, with a featured artist of extraordinary talent and visibility: six-time GRAMMY Award nominee Nnenna Freelon. With a dozen albums and many notable collaborations to her credit, Ms. Freelon will undoubtedly prove to be an inspired choice for this event.
Taking their cue from Nnenna's "glorious, cultivated voice and canny stagecraft" is an all-star chef team that includes:
- Curtis Duffy, chef-owner of Grace restaurant in Chicago, IL, who is a multiple-James Beard Award nominee and 2010 Legacy Chef;
- Steven Devereaux Greene, executive chef of An Cuisines in Cary, NC, who as chef de cuisine at The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s award-winning restaurant Herons led the restaurant to its first Forbes Five-Star Rating;
- Daniel Benjamin, pastry chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and Herons, which has received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award in addition to recognition by Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler and Southern Living;
- and Francisco Almaguer, pastry chef of An Cuisines, who has worked with several acclaimed chefs including Sam DeMarco at Merge and First in New York and Traci Des Jardins at Jardiniere in San Francisco.
Mark your calendar for Friday, October 11, at 6:00pm and plan to join us for this extraordinary evening. Individual tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.
Enjoy details from our previous Expressions events here.