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Wine & Memphis Food SPAYtacular Dine & Wine Festival

10321 Stoney Brooke Road

435 Magnolia Lane

3218 Chapel Woods Cove

Collierville, TN 38017

Piperton, TN 38017

Germantown, TN 38139




Resort like living in the center of town. This exquisite home has a breathtaking private backyard with stunning views of the gunite pool, waterfall, and stone patios from the interior. Entertain around the outdoor fireplace on cool fall evenings. With over 6,000 square feet and $300,000 in improvements, this home is one of a kind. First floor formal office and library. New Subzero refrigerator and Viking gas cooktop. Media room. 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half baths. 3 car garage and workshop plus 4th detached stall. Neighborhood walking trail.

Stunning open floor plan. 5 bedrooms (2 down), 4.5 baths with bonus. Large laundry room. Friends’ entrance with cubbies. Wrought iron railing. Hardwood floors downstairs. Front porch. Oversized family covered patio with fireplace. 3 car garage. Half acre lot. Neighborhood lakes. Low taxes. Minutes from Collierville and amenities. Quality built by Neal HomeBuilders.

VESTA homebuilder Steve Orians has hit this one out of the park! Huge triple front doors. Gorgeous English manor with stone courtyard, huge rooms, open plan. Stunning stairway to upstairs living spaces. Gourmet kitchen, catering kitchen, 54” cabinets. Outdoor living space with fireplace. Extra spacious 4-car garage. Extraordinary! In VESTA Home Show November 18 - December 10. Other lots available to custom build your dream home.

Nancy Cunningham 901.569.2389 cunningham@collins-maury.com

Mary & Douglas Williams 901.283.7795


Alta Simpson



williams.mary@collins-maury.com williams.douglas@collins-maury.com


230 Brier Hills

515 Big Bell Loop

7826 Radford Ridge

Piperton, TN 38017

Eads, TN 38028

Germantown, TN 38138




Stunning home on 1.2 acres in Piperton with low property taxes. 5 minutes from Collierville and Hwy 385. 4 bedrooms and three baths with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths down! Open kitchen to keeping room, living room, dining room, sunroom, media and playroom. Awesome covered patio/grilling station. Check out YouTube video.

Bill Maury 901.751.4311 maury@collins-maury.com

You will be wowed when you drive into the gate of this dream estate! Almost 15 manicured acres with stunning, fully renovated 4 bedroom 5 bath main house with screened in porch overlooking separate guest quarters, beautiful pool, stocked pond, tennis court, play court, outdoor grilling/patio area and barn. Check out YouTube video and BigBellEstate.com

Bill Maury

Tim O’Hare





Elegant new British arts and crafts style in Radford, prestigious gated enclave in Old Germantown. Designed for comfortable living inside, large vaulted screen porch with fireplace, outdoor cooking area and other terraced patios, heavily landscaped. Huge open rooms with 2 bedrooms down and 3 bedrooms, playroom and media room up. Gourmetcatering kitchen. Magnificent finishes. 4-car garage.

Alta Simpson 901.484.6040 alta.simpson@comcast.net

Collins-Maury.com 5865 Ridgeway Center Pkwy Ste. 105 Memphis, TN 38120 901.259.8550

3276 Goodman Rd. Southaven,MS 38672 662.548.2000

968 Civic Center Drive Ste. 103 Collierville, TN 38017 901.259.8500

Contents November 2017


Signature Memphis • 10 Tubby Smith Championing the Tigers on court at University of Memphis

StreetSeen • 16 Bill Branch Museums and watercolors are his passions

StreetSeen • 18 Ryan Watt Expanding Indie Memphis' footprint


RSVPhillippi • 49 Sing-A-Don't with Dennis Phillippi

Diane and Andrew Barrett

Memphis Food & Wine Festival • 12 Benefiting FedExFamilyHouse

Mable Green and Henry Crockett

Memphis Moments • 24, 34, 36, 38, 40, 46, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54 & 56

Cathy McCullough and Valerie Morris

Wine & Dine • 26 Dishing up support for Special Olympics

Cover Photo

Bob and Michelle Musolf at Wine & Dine Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo

Grizzlies Mural at Mid South Best Rentals Photo by Krista Geyer



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Judy and Bob Reed

SPAYtacular • 42 Raising awareness and support for homeless animals

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November 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Rebekah Yearout Art Director Krista Geyer Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh RSVP Memphis is published monthly by Haithcock Communications, Inc. First class subscriptions are available for $55.00 per year. Send name and address with a check to:

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November 2017

RSVP Staff

Chris Pugh

Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

Krista Geyer Art Director

Krista has spent most her entire life in the Mid-South area. She moved home after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and is thrilled to be able to work on something as “Memphis” as RSVP Magazine. When not working you can probably find Krista at Shelby Farms with her husband and her dogs or riding her horses.

November 2017



From the Editor



s we turn the calendar page to November, it seems the days are going quicker than ever. Now that Halloween is behind us, we are officially into the Holiday Season. With this month, thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving. Most likely, people will have family, friends and health at the top of their lists. Here are RSVP Magazine, we are thankful for our connections to our local community. So many people are working to make things better for themselves and for others. The number of nonprofit organizations operating here in the Greater Memphis area keeps growing every year. Each one brings with it not only the number of people employed there, but in most cases, a number of volunteers, as well as all of the people who receive their services. Simply put, our community would not be the same without all of these people giving of their time and talents, through paid or volunteers endeavors. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “Nonprofits embody the best spirit and values of our nation. They help millions of individuals and families daily. They protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate, and nurture our bodies and spirits. Nonprofits also give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. They turn our beliefs into action - as promoters of democracy, champions of the common good, incubators of innovation, laboratories of leadership, protectors of taxpayers, responders in times of trouble, stimulators of the economy, and weavers of community fabric.” It is this spirit of “giving back to our community” for which I am truly thankful. Almost everyone can identify with it, too, by thinking of someone who has been impacted by a nonprofit organization in one way or another. In our community, during November alone, there are fundraisers and events to support services for senior citizens, schools, homeless animals, critically ill children, literacy, cancer research, historic preservation, the arts and local artisans, and disaster relief efforts in our own community and across the country. So as you are counting your own blessings, please join us in saying, “Thanks” for our area’s nonprofit organizations — and those who are making a difference in the health, sustainability and overall livability of our community.



November 2017

Emily Adams Keplinger editor@rsvpmagazine.com

Signature Memphis


Orlando “Tubby” Smith

Head Coach, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball

Hometown: Scotland, MD Your Lucky Charm: Saint Jude medallion Favorite Song: “Family Reunion” by The O’Jays Favorite Place


Travel: Africa/African safari

The Highlight


Your Day: Basketball practice

Place You Go


Think: The back deck of my house

Your Best Quality: Personable – never met a stranger Who Would Play You

in a

Proudest Moment(s)

Your Life: The birth of my children


Movie: Denzel Washington

Your Most Annoying Habit: Not listening enough/talking too much Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: The sounds of Memphis, like blues & jazz One Goal You’d Still Like


Accomplish: Take Memphis to the Final Four

First Car You Owned: A two-toned (beige & white) ’64 Chevy Impala that I bought in 1973 A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite What


Dinner: Martin Luther King, Jr.

you would like people to know about your organization:

How tough minded and

hard our guys work

Best Advice You Ever Got: From my dad; he always said, “Do your job, son” and advised me to do

things in moderation.

Best Thing About Working

College Sports Team: The family atmosphere that is created

Photo by Steve Roberts

with the team, faculty and staff

for a



November 2017

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2017 E300 Sport 1k miles, Black, Black, $42,500

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2016 GLE350 8k miles, designo Cardinal Red, Espresso Brown, $43,600

2016 GLC300 16k miles, Black, Black, $37,980

Memphis Food & Wine Festival


Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Showcase of Local and National Chefs and Vineyards Benefits FedExFamilyHouse


Carol La Rocca and Madeleine Crump

Jeff Drinan and Leslie Dunavant

Rachel Belz and Steve Gubin

emphians turned out in force to celebrate three passions: food, wine and community at the Memphis Food & Wine Festival. In its second year, the event is growing in popularity, attracting chefs and wineries as well as guests. At the Memphis Botanic Garden, twinkling lights lined the Live Garden and tempting aromas beckoned as guests sampled the creative dishes of acclaimed local, regional and national chefs. Knowledgeable wine vendors helped patrons select the perfect wine. Music from Ghost Town Blues Band and Jack Rowell & the Royal Blues Band filled the air. The featured chef was Guy Savoy, a French master chef with three Michelin stars to his credit and the owner/chef of restaurants in Paris and Las Vegas. “Prominent event sponsor Caesars Entertainment and Horseshoe Casino went over the top in arranging his trip to Memphis,” said Sherry Chimenti, Director of Marketing. “Chef Savoy was charmed by Memphis,” said Chimenti. “And festival goers that visited him in the Horseshoe tent and experienced his culinary vision can attest that Chef Savoy definitely charmed Memphis.” He served a wonderful artichoke and black truffle soup, a favorite among the sold out crowd. Guest chefs also included Gerard Bertholon who prepared 72-hour sous vide beef short See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

John and Kim Taylor



ribs with creamy grits and Shari Haley and Joe Cartwright served champagne apple pie with candied orange peel. Tony McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and Deb Paquette of Etch and Etc. in Nashville also wowed guests with their culinary creations. Local chefs were in hot demand! Jose Guiterrez of River Oaks Restaurant served a shrimp terrine with a salad of haricot verts, Parisienne mushrooms, and truffle vinaigrette. Erling Jensen offered squid ink pasta, lobster, and adobo crème and Nick Vergos served his famous Rendezvous ribs. Wineries included Silver Oak, served in festival sponsor Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers’ tent. Pol Roger Champagne was served in the FedEx tent in complimentary engraved champagne flutes. The Silent Auction was a popular place for event-goers. With 33 items available, there were items for every taste – including two Rolex watches donated by Sissy’s Log Cabin. “FedEx was quickly on board as the presenting sponsor again this year. Beyond their monetary support, their festival volunteers are invaluable to the success of the event,” said Chimenti. Funds benefit the FedExFamilyHouse, which provides housing for families with children at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, and is currently in the process of expansion. Story by Gaye Swan Photos by Don Perry

Kathleen and David Bartholomew with Cheryl and Vann Moore

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Daniel and Cindy Freeman

Marc Gasol and Cristina Blesa

Vicki and Ron Olson

Chris and Aparna Narayanan

Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Peggy and Gary Selesner


Dr. Richrd Aycock and Claudia Moise

Anise and Ron Belz

Rosie Richmond, DDS and Gerry Dupree

Emily and Robert Duncanson

Dawn Brannon, Daiquirie Loeb and Barry Bays



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Heather and Darlene Eubanks

Sandra and Devin Demond

Anna Leigh Phillips and Barr Miller

Donna and Steve Edwards

Sarah Wright, Cynthia Griffin and Tarsha Friends

Memphis Food & Wine Festival


Dr. Russell Radican and Debbie Deer

Scott and Teri Barber

Jim and Heather Bruce

Janet and Gary Stevenson

Valerie and Jeff Morris

Amy Morris and Malorie Morris

Kim Love and Jennifer Knox



Hillary and Rob Holmes

Keith and Trinna Patterson

Tiffany and Carlton Mull

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Joshua and Brittany Braddock

Trace Austin and Abby Barger

Sydney Eason and John Woods

Memphis Food & Wine Festival


Jasmine Hudgins, Marcus Granberry, Shyrell Johnson and Rorgan Neal

Chris Martin and Whitt Dukes with Debbie and Lee Wood

Hal and Courntey Stansbury

Troy and Caroline Parkes

Marlinee Clark, Max Maloney, Sisco Larson and Kirkland Bible



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Kathy and Roger Sapp

Chris and Reid Sanders

Jordan and Michael Scarleski

Greg Capshaw and Pam Mallets with Dionne and Jonathan Jones

Bill Branch Art is His Heart Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts



ill Branch says that he has “always been a creative person.” In his professional life, he has worked for a number of museums, all the while curating his own artistic talents. “I’m from North Little Rock, AR,” explained Branch. “I attended The University of Central Arkansas for my bachelor’s degree (in Spanish) with a minor in fine art. I received a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, with concentrations in painting and drawing, and the goal of being a college art professor.” Ultimately, Branch’s education took him a different direction. He did not opt for a life in academia. Rather, he began working in positions that continued his arts education. First, in a job that had mechanical drawing at its core. Then he followed his heart to the world of art. first at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock, to downtown Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum. “I had a one-year contract as the Registrar,” recalled Branch. “During that time I helped them create an exhibit about African-Americans and the sport of basketball.” From there Branch moved to The Dixon. “For four years, I was the weekend host,” said Branch. “I loved The Dixon, but I also worked every single weekend for four years.” Branch also worked as Registrar at The Brooks Museum of Art, and later the Belz Museum of Asia and Judaic Art. His last paid position was

at the Delta Cultural Center, a museum in Helena operated by the State of Arkansas. Although Branch retired about a year ago, he is still “working” — this time as a volunteer, “I volunteer as a docent at The Dixon,” explained Branch.”It’s a wonderful a way to have access to great works of art and time to be around favorite pieces. Additionally, I serve as a Volunteer Curator at Theatre Memphis,” said Branch. “They like to have original artwork in their lobby, so I sort and hang various works. They like to theme the artwork according to each production.” Branch went on to say that the artwork is provided by members of Memphis Visual Artists, a group he has had membership in since he first moved to Memphis. Personally, as an artist, Branch has found his preferred medium to be watercolors, a decision he made while he was a graduate student. “Most artists do not paint in this medium, they consider it to be difficult.,” said Branch. “Unlike working with oils where you can scrap paint off the canvas and start over, with watercolors, once you put the brush on paper, the pigment is there to stay. And then there’s the issue of paper versus canvas. Some artists view paper as ‘too fragile’ because it doesn’t last as long as canvas. The work of watercolorists is very delicate, transparent. And although people seem to really like that aspect of our work, sometimes they may not purchase it because it is not done on canvas.” “I like the spontaneous nature of watercolors, as well as the fact that the paints are odorless,” said Branch, “I enjoy painting plein air, as well


as in my home studio in Cooper-Young, so I also appreciate that watercolors can be easily moved from place to place.” Since 2006, Branch has been a member of Artists’ Link, an “all-volunteer organization created as a resource and support group for Memphis Area visual artists and as a link between artists and the community.” Much of Branch’s work has showcased local scenes around Memphis, including The Pink Palace Museum, Graceland, Memphis Botanic Garden, and points of interest at the Memphis Zoo. He also painted the image for the 2017 Blessing of the Animals flyer for Calvary Episcopal Church, which included his own beloved dachshunds, Rusty and Roxie (who passed away in 2015). “Also, I had a one-person show at Memphis Botanic Garden for which I did a triptych, using three sheets of watercolor paper, for a painting depicting the Hernando DeSoto Bridge,” said Branch. “That painting now hangs in a special hospice center in East Memphis.” Most recently, Branch has completed a floral collection. The series is based on bouquets he received weekly as a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group at the CooperYoung Farmers Market. The flowers came from Brandon Pugh’s flower farm in Proctor, AR. Those 12 paintings have evolved into a 2018 calendar, called Bouquets by Bill. To see more of the work by Bill Branch, visit his website at: BillBranchArtist.com or check out his Facebook page, Bill Branch Studio. For more information about Artists’ Link, go to www.artistslink.org.

November 2017



Ryan Watt Lights, Camera, Action Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts


yan Watt has a job that others might envy — he watches movies for a living. Now in his third year as Executive Director of Indie Memphis, it seems that many of his past experiences were preparing him for this starring role.

“I served as a volunteer for Indie Memphis for seven years, screening feature films and working on the marketing committee,” Watt said. “As a film producer, I have produced six feature-length films. As a marketing consultant, I have handled independent social media and online advertising.” A native Memphian, Watt graduated from Briarcrest High School. He went to the University of Tennessee - Knoxville where he majored in marketing, with a minor in psychology. Both educational endeavors have served him well to help Indie Memphis expand its footprint in the city. Watt oversees year-round events for Indie Memphis, including Indie Wednesdays which offers weekly independent films, rotating between Malco theaters and Crosstown Arts. The films are curated by Watt, which means he has to try to “get inside people’s heads to figure out what they would like to watch, then market those films to draw an audience.” The Indie Wednesday movies are supported by an annual membership. “As attendance continues to grow for Indie Wednesdays, we expect to add more screenings, more than once a week, next year,” said Watt. There’s also the Artist Development program which is centered in a grants program to find sponsors to help put cash and in-kind services in the hands of local filmmakers to enable them to make short films. But undeniably, the organization’s best known event is its annual film festival. This year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival marks the festival’s 20th anniversary. It will be presented by festival sponsor Duncan Williams Inc. (presenting sponsor for the seventh year) Nov. 1 - 6. In addition to offering more than 200 movies that have never been seen before in Memphis, over 50 of the films are expected to have a film maker in attendance for Q & A sessions. “And, for the first time in its history, this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival will feature a ‘Block Party’ during the three-day weekend portion of the fest (November 3-5), closing off traffic along Cooper Street between Union and Monroe Avenues,” said Watt. “We will have a huge tent in the



middle of the street and panel discussions will take place there.” Watt continued, “Back in 1998, we started with about 40 people in a room showing some movies,” said Watt. “Then the films were shown downtown at the movie theater in Peabody Place. Several years ago we relocated to Midtown and have based the film festival out of Overton Square.” When Watt stepped into the executive director’s role, he was the only fulltime employee. Now, three years later, the full-time staff includes Joseph Carr as Artist Services Director who “works with all the filmmakers.” Additionally, two part-time employees, Marketing Coordinator Macon Wilson and Youth Program Administrator Bertram Williams, Jr., have joined Watt in the organization’s offices on the top floor of Playhouse on the Square. “It takes all of our efforts, plus that of part-time employees who work as Festival Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Events Coordinator, to put together the Film Festival,” explained Watt. “We start in January, when I travel to Sundance for a conference, followed by treks to other regional festivals, like South by Southwest in Austin, TX. We also work with Brandon Harris, a festival programmer in New York City, who takes the lead in curating the movies and bringing top talent to Memphis for the festival.” Watt described the upcoming festival as a perfect storm of local content. With on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences every year, he expects over 15,000 people to attend the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival. “This festival is just a lot of fun, and it is one of the only festivals in the world to feature live music in the theater before each movie,” said Watt. “That’s something we really hang our hat on. John Miller, from Shangrila, is curating the music. It gives our event a more authentic feel — connecting local music and film. For our venues, it will mostly feature acoustic guitars and singers.” Among other changes in store, Watt explained that, “Indie Memphis will join in a collaborating partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum for MLK50, a special program of films new and old which will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis while addressing the various legacies, completed and still unfinished, of the Civil Rights icon’s work.” For more information about Indie Memphis Film Festival, visit www.indiememphis.com.

November 2017



Memphis Moment


Paw Prints Party Benefiting Furry Friends


riends of the Memphis Humane Society gathered at Opera Memphis at 6745 Wolf River Greenway for the 2017 Paw Prints Party, a celebration in support of their important mission of assistance to four-legged Memphians in need. The festivities began at 6:30 pm with a champagne greeting at the entrance as guests were ushered into the ballroom for the cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner was served after the welcome and invocation by HSMSC Board President Maria Garrett. Special guest auctioneer Lance Walker conducted the Live Auction featuring a wheelbarrow full of nine cases of assorted Yazoo bottled beer, a Chef’s Choice Wine Dinner for six at Café Society, a Downtown Memphis Staycation, four tickets to the Ballet Memphis production of The Nutcracker, and a Getaway at The Peabody. Proud sponsors of this year’s Paw Prints Party included Nolan Audio Video Solutions, Tennessee Carriers, Century Wealth Management, and J&L Productions. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Maria Garrett and Kristen Everson

Huda Agez and Dustin Wurth

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Branden Canepa and Amy Ballentine

Buck Silver and Susan Breymaier



Teresa and Wesley Tugwell

Alicia McAnnally and Leonard Tiscia

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Ted Davis with Tanya and Jamie Augustine

Angela and Johnie Sanfratello

Jim Higgins and Dana Henderson

Jonathon and Stephanie Andrews

Wine & Dine


Wine & Dine A Benefit for Special Olympics Greater Memphis

T Mike Fredi and Toni Beckemeyer

Rosaland Odell and Brian Johnson

he 2017 Wine & Dine event gathered top local chefs to prepare dishes that were matched with fine wines, all to benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. Chef Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass/Next Door and Sunrise was the Chef Chair for the event and the Wine Sponsor was Kirby Wines & Liquors. Touted as a “star-studded culinary and wine experience,” guests mingled among tasting tables as they enjoyed food and wine selected to highlight and complement each bite. Local participating chefs included Andrew Adams of Acre, Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen/Hog & Hominy/Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, Ben Smith of Tsunami, Craig Blondis of Central BBQ, Erling Jensen Erling of Jensen the Restaurant, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s, Jeremy Martin of 901 Tacos, Keith Bambrick of McEwen’s, Kelly English of Restaurant Iris/Second Line, Lance Morton of Amerigo, Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s, Mike Miller of Heritage Tavern & Kitchen, Patrick Gilbert of Owen Brennan’s, Ryan Trimm of Sunrise/Sweet Grass/Next Door, Tim Bednarski of Elwood’s Shack, and Wade Hartsfield of Tower Center/Wade & Company. Frost Bake Shop and Gibson’s Donuts provided desserts. Guest chefs were New Orleans native Josh Galliano of Companion Bakery, St. Louis, Missouri; Samuel Monsour of Preux & Proper, Los Angeles, California; and Nick Rice of Forklift, Tupelo, Mississippi. Galliano is winner of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef: Midwest” and also is a multiple-time nominee for James See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

Deb and Larry Placzek

Lindsey Tong and Lindsey Munn



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Beard Best Chef. Monsour is a third-generation chef, cookbook author and food activist who has appeared on numerous TV networks such as Food Network, Travel Channel and Hallmark. Rice studied at L’Ecole Culinaire in Cordova and gained experience working at Huey’s Restaurants before holding chef positions at popular Memphis eateries Owen Brennan’s and Lafayette’s Music Room. In addition to wining and dining, guests browsed and bid on live and silent auction items that included home chef appearances and destination trips. Date night baskets, sports memorabilia and, of course, a variety of wines were also up for bid. The evening’s entertainment was provided by musical duo Bob Buckley and David Collins. “Special Olympics Greater Memphis’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community,” explained Lisa Taylor, Director of Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. “We were pleased to offer supporters of Special Olympics this opportunity to sample dishes made by so many of Memphis’ talented chefs plus our distinguished out-of-town guest chefs.” For more information about Special Olympics of Greater Memphis, visit www.specialolympicsmem.org. Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

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Diane and Bob Capkovic


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Repair Days Annual Fundraiser for the Metal Museum


epair Days happens once a year at the Metal Museum on the Mississippi River bluff. Metalsmiths from near and far come to the rescue of cherished objects needing special care that only expert knowledge and skilled hands can provide. On the grounds of the museum, they set to work repairing myriad items free of charge to the public. When all is finished, a once-rusted brass bedstead gleams. A toppled finial is restored to its upright position on the lid of a 1784 silver teapot. Inscriptions suggest that the teapot was intended as a gift to a general in the Continental Army and his bride. Repair Days events include a seated dinner and an auction of donated sculpture, jewelry and functional pieces. Proceeds help support the non-profit museum. Sponsors for 2017 included King Architectural Metals, Lawler Foundry, Montgomery Martin Contractors, nexAir, Renasant Bank and Valero Memphis Refinery. Donelson Catering provided the Repair Days dinner.

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Zoo Rendezvous A Night at the Ritz


very day people come from all over the world to take in the wonders of our Memphis Zoo. Once a year there is an opportunity for those who love this amazing place to give back a little while enjoying a legendary celebration of food, drink and music known as the Zoo Rendezvous. This year’s affair, entitled A Night at the R.I.T.Z. (Rendezvous in the Zoo) drew in a record number of supporters who entered the gates and partied into a perfect evening, moving to the sounds of The Brennan Villines Band, January Noise, The Atlanta Party Band, and G3: Garry Goin Group, while enjoying incredible food from 52 of the city’s finest restaurants. There were seven bars, and 15 specialty bars set up across the entire property, so that premium libations were always at hand to compliment the cornucopia of scrumptious food. Iberia Bank was this year’s Platinum Partner. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

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Central Gardens Home Tour After Party Celebrating Historic Homes and a Much-Loved Neighborhood


group of approximately 175 friends and neighbors gathered for an evening soiree as Sarah and Niel Prosser welcomed guests to their historic home, the Crump House on Peabody, to celebrate the success of the 41st annual Central Gardens Home and Garden Tour. The 3rd Man jazz trio (Jim Spake, Tom Lonardo and Tony Thomas) contributed to the laid-back ambience as guests flowed through the house and spilled out into the backyard. The party was coordinated by the Central Gardens Home Tour committee and also served as an opportunity to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Central Gardens Association. Kathy Ferguson, Central Gardens President, thanked the 200-plus volunteers who contributed to this year’s event.“We were delighted that one of the first homes built in the area, The Rozelle House, was featured on this year’s tour,” said Ferguson. “It was one of six historic homes on the tour, along with Nancy Willis’ gardens. Additionally, Central Christian Church and the Beethoven Club were open to tour.”

Sarah and Niel Prosser

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BreakFest901 Brunching for a Cause


hen Christin Yates and event co-founder Andy Wells came up with the idea for BreakFest three years ago, Wells said it was because, “We love Memphis. And we love brunch. And we wanted to do something to bring all of that together for a good community cause.” Uniting lovers of all things breakfast, this year Yates and Wells were joined by Amy Chadwick to lead the third annual BreakFest event. The one-day festival was held in the parking lot behind Southern College of Optometry. As an incentive to have more third-party events in the Medical District, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative provided a grant to help underwrite a portion of the event. Memphis Second Line Jazz Band kicked off the morning, followed by The Grizz Line and Grape. Also, DJ Mad EFX played tunes throughout the day. Teams competed in an Old Dominick Distillery Bloody Mary Contest, serving up their versions of the quintessential brunch beverage. The winner, declared by a People’s Choice vote, was The Green Beetle. In the cooking contest, Squeal Street and Squeal Street Too won four out of the five categories and Masters of Breakfast took home the grand prize for Anything Goes. More than just a tasty treat, the event was a benefit for the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, with a bike giveaway by Bikesmith completing the theme. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

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wo hundred guests showed up for an evening of fun, frivolity and fundraising at the stylish Midtown headquarters of ANF Architects on Union Avenue. It was the eleventh annual SPAYtacular, a celebration to benefit Spay Memphis and raise awareness of its mission to reduce the Mid-South’s homeless animal population. Party-goers made their way past the foyer and to the open wine bar provided by Athens Distributing, where they ordered their favorite libation and a bag of popcorn from South Of Beale, to begin browsing the fabulous tables of goodies in the silent auction. This year’s auction featured 127 items including a huge and beautiful assortment of Kendra Scott jewelry. There were boxes of pet toys and accessories as well as beds and gift baskets from Hollywood Feed. Capital Grille donated a two hundred dollar gift certificate and Three Dog Bakery provided a whimsical pet-themed gift basket. Other supporters included Range USA, who provided a Tennessee Handgun permit class, Rumba Room, who donated Salsa lessons, The Memphis Grizzlies, Pink Palace Museum, Horseshoe Casino and Ballet Memphis. Also up for bids was a Kim Nash Austin Production cat statue, and a stunning collection of fine art including paintings by local artists Rena Chiozza, Linda Lucchesi, Marie Wilson and even a playful painting by none other than Callie the Sea Lion from the Memphis Zoo. There was Lenox crystal, along with an autographed shirt, photo See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

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and CD from Grammy Award winning country music star and actress Pam Tillis. After bidding on all the treasures in the silent auction, guests stepped up to the Wine Pull Table where, for just a twenty dollar donation, they were able to have a shot at an impressive assortment of 75 wines including a Patache d’ Aux Bordeaux, an Obsidian Ridge Cabernet, a Santa Margharita Pinot Grigio, a Ferrari Carano Merlot and a J Vineyards Pinot Noir. Some of Memphis’ finest restaurants provided the food for this year’s SPAYtacular. Corky’s was on hand with their world famous barbecue, beans and coleslaw. Zaka Bowl served up delicious herb chicken with brown rice, baked Brussels sprouts and spicy chick peas. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen brought out their amazing pimento cheese. Grecian Gourmet had homemade pita chips and hummus and South Of Beale served up a most mouthwatering gouda mac and cheese. Some guests made their way outside to the cozy ANF courtyard where Yazoo Brewing manned the taps with ice cold selections of their most famous beers. Music for the evening’s festivities was by Nora Burns and Hank Sable. Keynote speaker was board President Cathy Simmons and special celebrity emcee was WMC TV5 Anchor Joe Birch. Sponsors included ANF Architects, Superlo Foods, Mahaffey Tent and Event Rentals, Yarbrough’s Music, Inferno, Hollywood Feed, Envirogen Technologies, Day and Night Animal Hospital, Sustainable Resource Technologies and Animal Emergency Center. Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Rebekah Yearout

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Southern Junkers Cool Junk, Food and Fun


uth Barnes ushered in the fall season with pumpkins galore set among the displays of vendors showcasing and selling their collectibles, art, jewelry and accessories at her Southern Junkers Fall Vintage Market at The Agricenter. Strolling the aisles was like walk down Memory Lane for customers who could be overheard saying, “I used to have that.” Due to the nostalgic nature of the market, items tugged at customers’ heartstrings as well as purse strings. In some booths, old suitcases served as display pieces for restyled jewelry, books, silver-plated serving pieces and opaque milk glass dishware. Other vendors used repurposed architectural pieces, some for sale and some as props, to set the stage for their vintage appeal. “We had over 60 vendors, all under one roof, for a two-day show,” said Barnes. “Vendors and shoppers alike helped preserve the history and the untold stories of the past from the found treasures presented at our Southern Junkers Vintage Market.” The next Southern Junkers Market will be back at the Agricenter April 13 - 14, 2018. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

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Día de los Muertos Honoring Ancestors


undreds of people turned out for the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community celebration hosted by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in collaboration with Cazateatro and Danza Azteca. Led by floats and costumed performers, the colorful event began with a parade that wound its way from the Tower Courtyard in Overton Square to the plaza at the Brooks Museum. Festival-goers honored ancestors and celebrated the cycle of life and death by placing photographs of deceased loved ones on a community altar. Entertainment was provided by Stax Music Academy, Inner City South, Herencia Hispana, Cazateatro, Alejandro Walls, Mariachi Guadalajara, Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis and Tropical Fusion. Throughout the day, several Catrinas (opulently dressed skeleton figures) also appeared at the celebration. Many women turned out in their best Frida-inspired attire to compete in a Frida Kahlo costume contest.

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Daniel Connolly and Ayleem Betances

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Whet Thursday After Hours at the Metal Museum


ust south of downtown Memphis, a curving drive leads to the Metal Museum, a one-of-a-kind gem set atop an historical site on the Mississippi River bluff. The museum’s grounds, metal sculpture gardens and its graceful old buildings have the look of being lovingly tended. On the first Thursday of each month, from April through October, the museum offers the public an after-hours look at all it has to offer. Whet Thursday gives visitors a chance to tour the museum with its rotating exhibitions, observe a metalsmithing demonstration near the blacksmith shop and foundry, join in hands-on activities such as creating art tiles, attend gallery talks and take in the gilded glory of a sunset over the river. Local businesses, musicians, food truck operators and other organizations partner with the museum to present the free monthly event. The Metal Museum exists to preserve and advance the art and craft of fine metalwork.

Joseph Franks, Jack Franks, Collin Duckett, Rebeka Duckett and Trilby Franks

Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Jim Masterson, Jeannie Saltmarsh and Nancy Cook

James Vanderpool and Sarah Dorau

Kevin Gallagher and Stacy Smith

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Kevin Burge and Anthony Bardos

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Art on Tap Dixon’s Annual Beer Tasting Event


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he ever popular Art on Tap, benefiting the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, was held with beer and food vendors from throughout the Mid-South. Chantal Drake, Director of Communications with the Dixon said they returned the event this year to Garrett Court on the museum grounds, and opened up a new section to accommodate the crowd. “We had about 1,000 people and we had a lot of competition this year,” Drake said. “We also were really pleased with the weather, it was beautiful.” Billed as Memphis’ original and best beer festival, Art On Tap featured different brews from more than 16 vendors including Memphis Made Brewing Co., Old Dominick Distillery, Buster’s Liquors and Wines, Ghost River Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Midsouth Malts, Yazoo Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery and more. Attendees were offered free “Art On Tap” tasting glasses to take home after the event. Some of the best local eateries offered hors d’oeuvres, including One & Only BBQ, Gus’s Chicken Shack, Hog Wild BBQ, Celtic Crossing, Las Delicias, Rock ‘n’ Dough, Patrick’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, CFY, Bosco’s Brewing Co., and Frost Bake Shop, while Topo-Chico provided water. Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

Ryan and Lourie Parish

Dionne and Chris Kirkhevener

Susanna Evalenko and Christina Kaufman

Amanda Rucker and Jared Davis

Jenna Cummings and Jenn Porter

Brian Scurlock and Fanisha Boyd

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Michael Marcin and Deepika Gupta

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Arc Mid-South Gala Superheroes Among Us


he Arc Mid-South is one of our city’s most important and life changing agencies. This year alone, The Arc Mid-South provided care to hundreds of people with special needs. And that’s just part of what it does to improve lives across the Mid-South. Each year, there is a special gala to honor and recognize those who serve. This year the 22nd annual awards presentation and benefit gala, themed “Superheroes Among Us” was held in the ballroom of the fabulous Guest House at Graceland. There was a silent auction set to music by the Memphis Letter Carriers Band, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a traditional Brazilian Samba performance by Luciana Braymore. WMC Action News 5 Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers served as Moderator. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Evelyn Walker and Charissa Wellford

Colin Moore and Orlando Macklin


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Carlene Leaper, Stella Davis, Kathy Brooks and Sandra Hawkins

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Les Passees Stock Exchange Preview Party Unique Consignment Store Opens for Business


es Passees opened the doors on its 31st annual Stock Exchange, an upscale consignment store filled with items for the home. The event kicked off with a Preview Party that attracted the largest attendance to date. Over 700 guests wandered through carefully curated displays of furniture, crystal, china, artwork, seasonal accessories, and much more. Items ranged from the eclectic to the antique, a delightful mix of contemporary, vintage, and heirloom. Delicious homemade treats were on offer, and guests were serenaded with music throughout the venue at 10337 East Shelby Drive in Collierville. Staffed by Les Passees volunteers, Stock Exchange is the organization’s biggest fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Harwood Center for children with developmental delays and Kids on the Block, an educational puppet troupe.

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Melinda Aldison and John Roebuck

Jessica Robinson and Michele Lynn

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Germantown Charity Horse Fair and Food Truck Festival Horsing Around For The Charity


he first annual Germantown Charity Horse Fair and Food Truck Festival welcomed about 800 people and more than two dozen vendors and performers to the horse show grounds at C.O. Franklin Park. The festival raised money and awareness for the upcoming 70th anniversary of the horse show next year, said Wanda Chancellor with the Germantown Charity Horse Show. “We raised almost $3,000,” Chancellor said. “We would like for it to be an annual event.” Besides an assortment of food trucks and local vendors, the Food Truck Festival hosted local barns and organizations showing a variety of equestrian disciplines. The West Tennessee Pony Club demonstrated how their group helps young riders—up to age 25—learn the art of riding, and The Mid-South Sidesaddle Association demonstrated how ladies were expected to ride horses in the days of long, heavy dresses. Food vendors included Say Cheese, La Guadalupena, Crepe Maker, Let’s Be Frank, Italian Ice, MemPOPS and the Tap Box serving a variety of draft beers to the adults. After dark, The Dancing Fire, a Germantown-based performance group, closed out the event with an entrancing fire-dancing routine. Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

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Kirby Pines Memphis Most Celebration


irby Pines celebrated its 11th consecutive Memphis Most win as the #1 Retirement Community in the Memphis area. They celebrated with hundreds of guests on their beautiful 60 acre campus. Fabulous food and plenty of balloons!

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he very first words my future wife ever said to me were, “I really like this song, please don’t sing.” It would be impossible to overstate how fortuitous her saying By Dennis Phillippi that was because, as it happens, I cannot sing. Had she not said that, there is, I suppose, the remotest chance that I may have tried to sing nonetheless and what turned into a wonderful 32 years instead would’ve just resulted in a look of crushing disappointment and almost certain dismissal, which would’ve inevitably led to me dying alone, a broken man. To say that I cannot sing is like saying a dolphin cannot type. It’s more than a statement of fact. It’s an imperial fact, like gravity or the tedium of talking about politics. From a very early age I was actively discouraged from singing. These people weren’t being cruel, they were trying to protect me from ridicule. And the people who advised me against crooning were the very people who were in the business of teaching people to sing. See, I was a theater kid, and literally from my very first audition for a musical I was steered to the non-singing “character” parts in these productions. There were times when I was enlisted to stand in the back of a chorus in a show and literally mouth the words because it was feared that even if I were to keep my voice as low as possible it would still disrupt the illusion completely. Voice teachers took the occasional shot at trying to tune my ear, but within minutes we would both realize the futility of the attempt, and move on to something more likely to succeed, like creating a perpetual motion machine. The lack of musical ability in my make up isn’t limited to my inability to sing, I also can’t play any instrument, follow most of the lyrics in songs, and have a mental block against understanding the most basic rules of music. When someone mentions a “key change” in a song I nod sagely, keeping to myself that I have no earthly idea what that means. Before you start firing up that email about how “anyone can learn to sing” and I “just haven’t had the right instruction,” one of my best friends is an oboist in the symphony who also has perfect pitch. She tried several times early on to teach me simple things about music until even she, who teaches children about classical music, was forced to surrender the field like Lee at Appomattox Courthouse. If she can’t crack this

particular genetic nut, trust me, you can’t. Ironically, and I don’t throw that word around lightly, I grew up largely in house that was filled with orchestral music. My best friend’s parents were in orchestras and we were

To say that I cannot sing is like saying a dolphin cannot type. It’s more than a statement of fact. It’s an imperial fact, like gravity or the tedium of talking about politics. From a very early age I was actively discouraged from singing. These people weren’t being cruel, they were trying to protect me from ridicule. dragged to symphony and opera rehearsals, along with hearing non-stop rehearsing in their house. In all of those hundreds of hours being exposed to The Masters, I garnered not one iota


of knowledge. All I got out of it was a lifelong dislike of violin solos. My vast lack of understanding of music extends to virtually every genre. As hard as I try, I can’t decipher the words in pop songs, bluegrass music, or rap. These are all legitimate art forms, but so is Modern Art and I don’t get that either. I’m certain that rappers and rockers are all saying important things, but I can no more understand their lyrics than I can understand a giant canvas with one red stripe across it. I can usually follow a country song, but that doesn’t help much since I don’t make a habit of listening to country music. There’s only so many times I can listen to songs about barefoot girls, dogs and beer. It is true testament to my wife, who can sing, that for over three decades she has been forced to endure my “singing” along with the radio and has never complained. I know it must be agony. I’ve had to suffer through people who can’t tell a joke trying to do so anyway, and it is agony. It’s like trying to watch a dog learn how to drive a stick shift. Listening to me “sing” must be, for those musically inclined, like listening to a duck being attacked by a cat. This particular area of deficiency was a source of great anxiety in my youth. Not being able to carry a tune meant that I was very unlikely to star in the Broadway revival of “Pippin.” Being unable to warble even in the slightest meant I would not be belting out “The Way You Look Tonight” to my bride at my wedding. Of course, no one really wants to see “Pippin” again, and it’s obnoxious when the groom sings at his own wedding, but still, I was limited. Maybe it’s for the best. By and large, people should stay in their own lane, and stick to what they can do well. If you need someone to write jokes, I’m your man. If you want someone to paint your portrait, you should probably look up an artist on the Internet. If you need someone to host your charity auction, feel free to give me a call. If you need someone to fix your faucet, call a plumber. The weird part of this missing part of my genome is that I can dance. I mean, I can really dance. Back in the seventies, as a teenager I actually won disco dancing contests. There were trophies. By the way, this is the first time in decades of writing magazine columns that I have ever admitted that little tidbit. The only problem is, at my age there is almost no chance I will ever dance in public again. I may be able to dance, but no one wants to see that. Trust me.

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dward H. Little and Suzanne Heyward Trezevant were married in 1910. In 1973, Mr. Little gave the seed money which established Trezevant, a senior living community in the heart of Memphis, in memory of his wife who passed away in 1964. Mrs. Little devoted much of her adult life to philanthropic efforts in schools, colleges, churches and hospitals, especially in the Memphis area. Mr. Little began his career in 1902 with Colgate where his tenure culminated in serving as president of Colgate-Palmolive for twenty three years. He passed away in 1981 at the age of 100. Photo courtesy of Beth Okeon, ABO Marketing & Communications If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to editor@rsvpmagazine.com All photos will be returned promptly.



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