It’s not too soon to buy tickets to the Thea Foundation’s annual art-supporting feast, the Blue Plate Special
, to be held Monday, Oct. 16, at the Capital Hotel. Ten chefs and two mixologists have been lined up for the wining and dining; artists, musicians
and comedians will provide the evening’s cultural sustenance.
The $75 ticket
helps Thea fund scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, provide art supplies for schools and promote its arts-infusion education model, A+ schools. Created by Linda and Paul Theopoulos
to promote the arts as a path to success and named after their late daughter, Thea, the foundation has been a major force on the Arkansas educational scene.
The stellar chef lineup includes Ben Blain
of South on Main, Jeff Owen
of Ciao Baci, Payne Harding
of Cache, Gilbert Alaquine
z of Forty-Two, Marc Guizol
of the Capital Bar & Grill, Brian Kearns
of Simply the Best Catering, Stephen Burrow
of Skye’s Bistro at Stratton’s Market, Amanda Ivy
of Old Mill Bread, Mark Abernathy
of Red Door and Kelli Marks
of Sweet Love. Snack on their creations while sipping drinks concocted by Ben Franks
of Petit and Keet and Luiggi Uzcategui
of Big Orange Midtown.
While bending elbows, rub them, too, with celebrities like artists James Hayes
and Michael Shaeffer
; comedians Steve
and Vicki Farrell
of The Main Thing; musicians Rodney Block
, Genine Latrice Perez
and Amy Garland Angel; Renee Shapiro
and Chris Kane
of KATV, Channel 7; Jonathan Nettles
of KTHV, Channel 11; Rock City eats editor Greg Henderson
; and Ben E. Keith General Manager Rusty Mathis
. Mark Roberts
, president of Malvern National Bank, will chair. The event runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.