By Pam Cloud
Some things never change — like fine wine, extraordinary art, beautiful roses and the support offered patients and families at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House.
These amenities are once again on tap as Wine & Roses 2013 gets under way at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the Support House, 3324 S. M St., according to Debbie Andrews Kraus, event publicity chairwoman. Valet parking will be available.
Hosts Brooke and Steven Spradlin have assembled a black-tie-optional evening filled with favorites from the past, from select wines and interesting art to remarkable food and fragrant red roses, Kraus said.
Hundreds of wines from choice reserves, full of rich bouquets that offer balance and harmony, will be available for sale or sampling, she added.
“Guests will be treated to complimentary wines from In Good Spirits of Fort Smith,” Kraus said in a news release. “The father-son team of Jim and Michael Hadley oversee the challenge of providing wines for every palate and interest. They are also the masters of the incredible wine auction where you will have the opportunity to bid on choice cults and selected wines from private collections.”
Good food is the perfect partner for good wine, and this year’s Wine & Roses will have that as well. Owner Kevin Dorey and executive chef Eric Lea of 21 West End have built a menu to complement the fine wines offered throughout the evening.
Among menu items are seasonal fruit, an imported cheese board with selection of assorted crackers and vegetable crudite with assorted dips; Southwestern Black Bean and Shrimp Salsa with blue corn chips; Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese Salad; 21 Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Gin-Spiked Cocktail Sauce; Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Truffle Oil, Sea Salt, Fried Capers, Red Onions, Meyers Lemon Oil and Shaved Parmesan; Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with Nappa and Bok Choy Slaw and Citrus Yuzu; Pesto-Stuffed, Pastry-Wrapped Baked Brie with Garlic Herb Crostini; Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette-Marinated Prosciutto Ham-Wrapped Jumbo Asparagus; Pale Ale Glazed Filet Mignon Meatballs; Mini Pepper Jack Polenta Cakes with Chipotle Black Bean Hummus with Chili-Seared Shrimp; Togarashi Spiced Atlantic Swordfish Medallions with Wasabi Mash and Sesame Ginger Glaze; and a carving station of beef tenderloin and pork loin with caramelized onions, Hollandaise, a red wine demi-glace, Dijonaisse Sauce, Cognac Demi-Glace and artisan rolls.
Dessert will please the palate with White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Tarts, a selection of petit fours, assorted mini gourmet cheesecakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Another important aspect of the Wine & Roses gala is the art. Works are offered for sale this year from 11 well-known artists: Cindy Beller, jewelry, treasuresoftheozarks.com; Rebecca Dunn, watercolor and ceramics, www.rjdunnart.com; Tim Ernst, wilderness photography, www.timernstphotography.com; Holly Grimm, acrylic on canvas, www.hollygrimm.com; Kat Hardin, photography, www.kathardin.com; Jim Hayes, art glass, www.hayesartglass.com; Jimmy Leach, landscape watercolor, www.jgleach.com; Matt Miller, abstracts/portraits, www.mattmillerstudio.com/#!art; Sean Shrum, multi-faceted artist, Facebook-The Sean Shrum Gallery; Kim Taylor, Aux Arc Fur Traders, auxarcfurtraders.com; and Barry Thomas, oil, on Facebook.
Soft piano music will fill the house and harpist Hollye Dickinson will perform throughout the evening. At 9 p.m., Wing Nut will perform on the patio where guests can dance in the live music venue.
Moments before the music starts, a drawing will be held for a ladies’ Rolex watch provided by Newton’s Jewelers, Kraus said. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 each or five for $40; winner does not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets are available online at reynoldscancersupporthouse.org or by calling 424-1812.
Another highlight of the evening will be the aroma and beauty of hundreds of roses that fill the house, Kraus said.
“In addition to their color, beauty and sweet fragrance, these roses have significant meaning,” Kraus explained. “Each bouquet serves as a tribute to someone who is facing or has faced cancer.”
Individuals interested in purchasing a $100 bouquet in honor or memory of a loved one should call the Reynolds Support House at 424-1812; bouquets purchased will be available following the event.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House to continue services and programs, such as emotional support groups, nontraditional support groups in the form of exercise, yoga, drawing, scrapbooking, pottery and knitting classes, salon services for wigs, hats and turbans, mastectomy and ostomy supplies, medical supplies and more, for cancer patients and their families, according to Martha Pendleton, executive director.
“For 35 years, the Support House has been serving cancer patients from every walk of life, and for almost two decades, the Wine and Roses gala has been a sustaining force in providing funds in excess of a million dollars going directly to those support needs,” Kraus said.