First Annual Memphis Garden Gala

This Mardi Gras, we let the good times roll for the first annual Memphis Garden Gala! The inaugural theme was Mardis Gras Masquerade with Memphians appearing at the Fedex Event Center in their New Orleans finest.

Cocktail hour featured the Mighty Souls Brass Band, creative cocktails, and an amazing array of guests competing to win the honor of best mask. As the sun set over Patriot Lake, cocktail hour segued into dinner with a second line parade lead by the band and comprised of guests brandishing handkerchiefs, tambourines, beads, and umbrellas.

Five of Memphis’ finest chefs, Steven Howell of Char, David Krog of Interim, Dennis Phelps of The Kitchen Bistro, Patrick Reilly of The Majestic Grille, and Tricia Woodman of Simply Delicious, came together for this event to create a delicious New Orleans inspired meal.

The food was topped only by the attendees’ incredible generosity, helping The Kitchen Community raise $130,000 that night for Learning Gardens in Memphis schools!

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Orion Federal Credit Union, Southeastern Asset Management,  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Semmes Murphey, Mark Parker – UBS Financial, 4Memphis, West Tennessee Crown Distributing Co, directFX, and Wiseacre Brewing Co.