I have always wanted to attend a ‘progressive dinner’ and finally got a chance last Thursday evening at a event presented by the United Way. The United Way of Sevier County continues to consistently provide innovative and enjoyable events while serving the community. Here is a recap of that enjoyable evening.
Bruce Street was closed to traffic so we just walked up through the center of town. There, we found several booths set up with items to sample.
Merchants of Beer in Knoxville had a selection of cigars to peruse. Notice the nice silver plated ash tray on on the right side of the table.
The Sevierville Casual Pint brought a sample of the New Belgium Accumulation White IPA.
I like this picture of the Old Forge barrel lid on display with the barbershop in the background. It was the last customer of the day in the barbershop.
I loved the fire pit in the middle of Bruce Street. Not only was it beautiful, but the warmth was a nice amenity a couple of hours later. Notice the white tent with tables set up for the main course of the progressive dinner to be served later in the evening.
United Way Board member, Elise Collier-Massey, preparing for the event with her husband Beau Massey.
Dustin Manning, owner of Bistro 109, chatting with Leesa and Jim McGill.
Sierra Williams and Elise Collier-Massey ready to greet guests.
The check in table was located by the gazebo. It was quick and efficient so we breezed right into the starting point for the progressive dinner.
United Way Board member, Vonda Cash, with Sophia Conerly, a Sevierville Commons board member.
Cheri and Al Schmutzer ready for the evening. They were also celebrating an anniversary. Congratulations to them!
This handout explains the procedures for the evening. People just voluntarily divided into two groups and it went quite smoothly.
Appetizers from Bistro 109 were perfect! These kabobs were healthy and easy to handle during the cocktail hour.
You become proud when one of your former students goes to the Tennessee House of Representatives. This is Tennessee State Representative Andy Farmer.
Mike Comer, United Way Vice Chair, thanks attendees and explains the procedures for the evening. Board member, Austin Williams, is pictured behind him.
Sophia and I made our first stop at the Arts in Common Gallery for a salad by Healthy Balance. The strawberry and spinach salad was so fresh and was a great first course in the progressive dinner. Please notice the beautiful, old brick wall. I love the seasonal decor as well.
Local artist, Andrea Wilson, (pictured in tan sweater, center) was giving a tour of the Arts in Common Gallery to United Way supporters. The back wall contains the original brick and windows. It will be fun to see how the Sevier Commons Arts Council uses this new creative space in the years to come.
If I didn’t have a chihuahua then I would definitely have a Pomeranian. There could not be a sweeter little dog than this one. Sweet Annie!
Next stop was Mom’s Vintage Kitchen down the street. This was the best pumpkin soup that I have ever had in my life. I actually walked into the restaurant today to see if they had more. It had little’ heat’ to it so it was really a foodie delight. As you can see, I was talking a lot and didn’t finish my first course so I just carried it with me to Mom’s. I love this restaurant!
Emily Whaley also enjoys the soup at our second stop on the progressive dinner.
We finished the soup course then proceeded outside to the tent. It was an elegant presentation on Bruce Street for the evening.
With the Sevier County courthouse in the background, Kirk Fleta prepares to perform. Mike Comer makes announcements with Amy Harper, Executive Director of the United Way.
I have heard of Kirk Fleta and finally to got to hear him in person. Find him on Facebook and Youtube. Here is a link https://www.facebook.com/kirk.fleta
Here is a video clip of Kirk Fleta singing the first song of the evening, by James Taylor.
Montay Calloway, branch manager at U.S. Bank, chats by the fire pit with a fellow supporter of the United Way of Sevier County.
Mixologists from Old Forge Distillery are always friendly and ready to serve.
We were ready for dinner under the big, white tent. Buffet style was quick and efficient. Please notice the pumpernickel bread from Mom’s Vintage Kitchen in the basket in front of Sophia. It is gluten free and the best in the world. I promise!
Restaurateurs Dustin Manning and Christie Champ standing by with their wonderful creations. Pass me another slice of pumpernickel bread, please!
The meal went too quickly! We could have stayed under the white tent for another hour, but it was time to move on to the dessert course at Courthouse Donuts.
Sara greeted us with dessert course. Sara was our model last month in the “Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Downtown Sevierville.” Here is a link to that blog story
A sweet tooth will love the Cherry Crumble cake from Courthouse Donuts.
Lauren Chesney from King University and another supporter of the United Way of Sevier County.
The final course and great conversation in Courthouse Donuts for the final course of the progressive dinner presented by the United Way of Sevier County. Pictured are Joe Cagley, Clancy Optical; Chris Massie, Titanic; Beau Massey, and a supporter of the United Way of Sevier County.
Also enjoying the United Way Progressive Dinner are Danielle King, Mariah Farmer, and Rachelle Shults.
I heard several people remark that an additional benefit of the United Way Progressive Dinner was the chance to talk, connect, and network with people that you rarely get a chance to see and spend time with. Conversation and networking is what is happening in this picture during the dessert course at Courthouse Donuts. We enjoyed it so much!
Alas, all good fun must come to an end for I had an early call at work the next morning. I slipped out of Courthouse Donuts and took one last look at the United Way Progressive Dinner through the windows. It was one of the most innovative events that I have attended anywhere. Easy, relaxed, and completely enjoyable. Everything was close and convenient. Bruce street and the businesses there lend themselves easily to a variety of events. This one utilized everything beautifully. I wouldn’t change a thing and can’t wait until next year.
The United Way Progressive Dinner is one of my favorite ways to spend time out and about in Sevierville.
See you at the gazebo!