Chihuly in Atlanta

The mushroom dinner was cancelled. Maybe another time. Also, it seems like our entire region is in the worst drought in years. So, why not head to Atlanta and see the Dale Chihuly installation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This was the final weekend. Here are few of the 20 different blown glass works he installed. My little iPhone doesn’t do them justice.

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img_1042There are a number of YouTube videos including the installation and night scenes. Google “Chihuly in the Garden Atlanta”. Here is one direct link.

 

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Celebrity Dancers

Dance1(UPDATE: We raised over $3,000 – THANKS!)On August 13th, Ellen and I (click thumbnail for full view of Whitey :-))will be celebrity dancers at the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge Beach Bash, their annual fund raiser. It’s a contest (6 couples) and the winners are whoever raises the most money. The hat will be passed, but most of the money is being raised before the event. Actually we won’t be the winner, the clinic’s patients will be the winners. Last year there were 1,156 unique clients over 5,359 visits. 86% of the income levels were below the Federal Poverty Line .YOU can HELP us !! Spread the word on whatever Social Media you use !!!

Donate any amount to the clinic and be sure to click our name at this link

Our song is Stories We Could Tell by The Mavericks. See it on You Tube.

Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge is on Facebook:

UPDATE July 28, 2016:  We have a goal of $2,000. Last year’s winning couple raised $1,600, and we want to raise the bar for next year’s contestants. We are currently at $820. Keep the $$$ coming, we have two more weeks !!! The more competitive the couples, the more the poor, uninsured in this area benefit.

The Clinic’s Facebooks had 10,000 views and 25 shares last week. Keep the social media going !!!!!!!!!!!  You can link to this page. Thanks, Whitey

 

 

Celebrity Bartender

oneI’ll be the Celebrity Bartender at Echo Bistro and Wine Bar (865-602-2090) in Knoxville on Thursday, August 20, from 4:30 until 8:00. The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge will receive half the mushroom appetizers (both bar and table service) sales and all of the bartender tips. I’ve donated all the mushrooms and made some great chanterelle vodka. I dried 1 1/2 pounds of fresh chanterelles to use in each fifth of vodka infusion. They soaked for two weeks. Great stuff!! I also created another surprise infusion that ought to generate a little excitement.

twoI’ve already tasted the morel pate with goat cheese and a ramp demi glace. Delicious! Below is the press release we are using. Come by and support he Free Medical Clinic which provides a wonderful service to so many.

 

 

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For lovers of exotic mushroom fare, Echo Bistro and Wine Bar (865-602-2090) is the place to be on Thursday, August 20th. 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Celebrity bartender, Anderson County Commissioner, and mushroom aficionado, Dr. Whitey Hitchcock will bring an assortment of morel, chanterelle, lobster and other personally foraged mushrooms to Echo to be transformed into a wild mushroom offering by Chef Seth Simmerman. The bar will feature Dr.Whitey’s chanterelle-infused libations, complete with Turkish apricot garnish. Half the mushroom sales and all of the bartender tips go to the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge which serves surrounding counties as well as Anderson County.