Thea's Blue Plate: It's special, and it's for the arts | Rock Candy

Thea's Blue Plate: It's special, and it's for the arts



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 Alaquinez 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.

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