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Frist Gala celebrates allure of Japan
Entre: Miso glazed sea bass with kinpira of julienne vegetables and Japanese steamed rice.
Guests spent the cocktail hour mingling throughout the lobby, strolling the Michael Kors Ava Small Satchel
and centered with pink roses in large white bowls. Overhead, a sculpture of Japanese parasols in pastel colors set the feel of springtime in Japan.
Billy Frist, chairman and president of the Frist board of trustees, welcomed guests, thanked them for supporting the Frist and recognized the 2014 co chairs, Cathy Brown and Betsy Wills, presenting each with a token of appreciation.
After dinner, guests retired to the lobby for a nightcap, where conversation highlighted an evening of Japanese culture.
Debbie and Fred Cassety, Betsy and TJ Wilt, Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman, Jennifer and Billy Frist, Patti and Brian Smallwood, Tootie Bradford, Jean Ann and Barry Banker, Lisa Campbell, Janet and Earl Bentz, Ashley Levi, Joanne and Tom Cato, Chloe Fort, Alberta and Bob Doochin, Kate and Steven Ezell, Phyllis and Steve Fridrich, Robin and Richard Patton, Jennifer and Gus Puryear, Perian and Sam Strang, Dallas Wilt, Bernice and Joel Gordon, Bill Frist, Peggy and John Warner, and Nancy and Billy Ray Hearn.
Gala co chairs Betsy Wills, second from left and Cathy Brown with husbands Ridely Wills, III, left, and Martin Brown at the 2014 Frist Gala, celebrating "Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan," held at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts.(Photo: Rusty Terry / The Tennessean)Buy PhotoGala co chairs Betsy Wills, left, and Cathy Brown at the 2014 Frist Gala, celebrating "Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan," held at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Entering the dinner tent guests found the tables covered in luxurious green silk Michael Kors Purse Black With Gold Studs
There was traditional Japanese music, cherry blossom branches that centered tables in the lobby, a life size screen depicting a geisha in a Japanese garden and a bamboo fence like structure that held the dining table cards. It was as billed, an evening of beauty, an evening of mystery and an evening of Japan. The evening celebrated the current exhibit "Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan," which continues through May 11.
evening, the lobster tempura bites. Just scrumptious!
The dinner, by Kristen Winston Catering
Dessert: Vanilla panna cotta with cherry gelee and coconut sushi with dark chocolate and almond double yum!
galleries and nibbling the tasty passed appetizers that included chicken jakitori, avocado crostini with cream cheese and sweet chiles, and my favorite treat for the Michael Kors Jet Set Chain Item
First course: filet of beef tataki salad, with cucumber, shitake mushrooms, asparagus, sweet pepper, micro greens, soy, ginger, sesame seeds and chile oil.
Amuse: Sesame crusted ahi tuna on crispy lotus root Michael Kors Selma Studded Purse chip with sea vegetable salad.
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