There is a special place in my memory for the old Candoro Marble Company Building in the Vestal community of South Knoxville. Coming soon, though, is an opportunity for the beautiful structure to etch a place in your memory (and a loved one's) this Valentines Day. And, hear a wonderful violinist, associate concertmaster Gordon Tsai of the KSO, in the bargain.
The building will be the setting for a special Valentines Day Dinner in memory of the late Candoro Board of Directors president and restoration architect, Charles Richmond. This four course dinner, prepared by Chef Nicholas Drew, will carry the romantic theme "Carnival of Venice" and will be the first in a series of fundraising dinners.
Knoxville Food Tours owner Paula Johnson, chairperson for the dinner series:
"I became involved with Candoro while scouting historic places in and around Knoxville to share with my tour groups. I quickly realized that Candoro is renovating and preserving an unique property. When I discovered they had a dream of having a fundraiser dinner, I saw it as a way I could join in and help out."
On Thursday evening, the 14th, Candoro will open at 6:00 p.m. for drinks and viewing of exhibits related to the marble industry. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tsai will provide music for the evening.
Tickets are $100 per person, and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased on the candoromarble.org website or by mail.
Mail checks to:
Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
PO Box 9437
Knoxville, TN 37940