May, 2013

An Evening of Beer, Food, and Art!

An Evening of Beer, Food, and Art!

Here at the KMA we love everything art! So when a group from Young Professionals of Knoxville
approached us about an idea for a new event that combined delicious food, specialty brews and art, we
had to be a part of it.

As the manager of the museum’s largest fundraiser – a wine auction – I often feel like my world revolves
around wine. I have come to really appreciate savoring an amazing glass of wine especially when paired
with the right meal. But, as a pizza-loving, music festival and football fanatic, sometimes I just need a
good beer!

Just like wine, brewing beer is a craft and so is pairing it with foods that bring out the flavors in each.
That’s exactly what Art on Tap, held in April at the KMA, was all about!

Guests sampled five specialty beers. My personal favorites included Leinenkugle’s Summer Shandy,
which had a hint of lemonade, and the hoppy and malty sweetness of Third Shift. Amazing food was
paired with each brew provided by Central Flats and Taps (who knew bacon and a prune could be so
delicious!?), and five artists created works live inspired by each beer. One of my favorites was created by
artist Ashley Dawn Addair who used acrylic, vellum, thread and charcoal to create her piece Blue Moon
in Mexico (see picture to left).

Hands down my favorite part of the event was watching the crowd enjoy sampling each beer and food
pairing, and watching the artists. I have to wonder if they knew it was all about art: the art of brewing
beer, pairing it with food and, of course, creating live music and art.

It was a blast to be a part of planning the event and even better to be a part of the evening’s festivities.
My advice? Don’t miss this event next year!

Carla May Paré
Manager, L’Amour du Vin Wine Auction and Dinner

Thank you to the committee, Central Taps and Flats, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the Knoxville News
Sentinel, Crossfit KTown and Bold House Renegades for making this event possible. And a special shout
out to all of the artists: Sarah McFalls, Jessie Van Der Laan, Mike C. Berry, Alison Oaks and Ashley Dawn






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