Busseni Dinner attendees will be delighted to discover an evocative menu. Chef Vecchione is planning four courses which begin with a spring Bird’s Nest of handcrafted pasta with asparagus, mushrooms and gorgonzola. The second course, Passage, incorporates his tri-colored handmade tagliolini pasta, herbs, shrimp, and squash cream in orange balsamic and vodka tomato sauce. The third course, In the Sun, is a creation of stuffed squid, cozze (mussels), red potatoes, and mint. A light fourth course, Orange Semifreddo, concludes the evening with orange sorbetto over sliced orange, European chocolate, and candied orange peel. Assisting Chef Vecchione is Keith Bradley, manager of DaVinci’s restaurant in Knoxville’s Old City.

This is a spring fundraising dinner for the  preservation and restoration of the beautiful Candoro Marble Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1920 beaux arts structure is commonly referred to as the “jewel of the marble city.” Today, the building serves as  the cornerstone of the Vestal neighborhood of South Knoxville.  It is a place where citizens enjoy yoga, life drawing classes, and the wildly-popular South Knox Arts & Heritage festival entitled  VESTIVAL, which takes place on May 11.

This is the 2nd  dinner of the Candoro Marble 2013 Dinner Series. The 1st dinner took place in February and was entitled “Carnival of Venice.” All dinners in the series are dedicated to the memory of Charles Busseni Richmond, Knoxville Architect and dedicated president of the board of Candoro Arts & Heritage.

Chef Vincenzo Vecchione will be assisted by Keith Bradley. At this time, Chef Vecchione is planning to hold the dinner outdoors, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, the dinner will be moved indoors.

The Candoro Marble Building is located at
681 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Busseni Dinner is  $125 per person. There is a guest list in lieu of tickets. You may reserve your space online or mail:

Candoro Arts & Heritage, PO Box 9473, Knoxville, TN 37940.