Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Big Kenny, Mat Kearney, Jana Kramer, members of Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Peter Frampton and Tommy Shaw (of Styx) are joining forces with celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman during the 16th annual Best Cellars Dinner on April 27 at City Winery.
Co-chairs for the evening’s event include WMN’s John Esposito, Capitol CMG’s Bill Hearn, and Tom Black.
The exclusive annual food-and-wine event pairs some of country music’s “Best Sellers” (2015 Grammy Award nominees and a CMA New Artist of the Year winner among this year’s featured artists) with “Best Cellars” (wine from some of the U.S. top collectors) to help the T.J. Martell Foundation fund research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS at the Frances Williams Preston Labs at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
“The Best Cellars Dinner is one of the best events that we feature in the Nashville market,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “We always have great food, world class wine, wonderful celebrities and fun! We owe so much to Billy Ray Hearn, a wonderful friend to the Foundation and wine connoisseur who started the event years ago.”
Hearn, a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a forefather of modern-day Christian music labels, passed away on April 15 of this year. He will be recognized at this year’s dinner for his invaluable contributions to the TJ Martell and the Best Cellars Dinner. The dinner has raised more than $3 million since Hearn founded the event in 1999.
Credited with bringing his California sensibilities to New York, Waxman introduced the practices of using seasonal foods and local ingredients in a gourmet setting. He recently helped found Kings of Leon’s Nashville Music & Wine Festival and opened Nashville restaurant Adele’s.
The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7:15 p.m. Attire is black tie.
Limited seating is available, and tickets are $1,200. To purchase, visit tjmartell.org.
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