Symphony of Flavors

This year’s online fundraiser featuring cooking demonstrations from four local chefs, gourmet baskets, and music is set for Thursday nights in April and will support music education efforts.

Following the wisdom of the old adage “The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach,” the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild has created “Symphony of Flavors,” a virtual fundraiser that features some of central Arkansas’ greatest chefs and musicians.

Dinner is served on Thursday evenings in April when ticket buyers are invited inside local chef kitchens to watch and learn how to prepare step-by-step, gourmet meals. Viewers will also enjoy musical interludes by some of ASO’s various musicians and groups.

Ticket prices include delivery of goodies, wine, and recipes curated by each night’s featured chef. Participants can choose to purchase ingredients and cook along with the chef, as they will receive the recipe and menu the day before airing. Videos of the demonstrations will be available to ticket buyers online for two weeks following.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Variations on a Mexican Theme

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Capi Peck, Executive Chef and Owner, Trio’s Restaurant
From the kitchen of her home on a lake in Little Rock, Capi will prepare “Legumbres En Pipian,” a hearty Mexican stew.

Capi Peck is a Little Rock native with deep culinary roots. She and her partner opened the popular Trio’s Restaurant in 1986. Trio’s has won countless awards for creative cuisine over the decades. She has been a finalist for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Proprietor of the Year award for the last five years

Capi was elected in 2016 to serve as Little Rock City Director for Ward 4.
She currently serves as city board liaison for the Parks & Recreation Commission, Sustainability Commission, Airport Commission and Age Friendly Little Rock Commission.

She represented the restaurant industry on Little Rock’s Advertising & Promotion Committee for 12 years, and served as Chair during her last year. She co-chaired the successful Restore Robinson Auditorium Campaign.

Capi is past president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association and was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to serve for 8 years on the Public Health Advisory Board.

Capi is a Member of Rotary 99 and is a volunteer chef with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. She works with numerous nonprofits to address food insecurity and homelessness in Central Arkansas.

In 2018, Capi received the Tikkun Olam award from the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. Tikkun Olam means reparation of the world in Hebrew.

Capi is passionate about everything she does. She considers herself an ambassador for Little Rock and loves giving back to the community that has supported her and Trio’s for over 34 years.

Asian Suite

Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Ricardo Rincón, Chef, Kemuri Restaurant
After beginning the evening in the bar at the Hillcrest neighborhood’s Kemuri, Chef Rincón will demonstrate the preparation of his “Miso Cod” entrée.

Ode to Italy

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Eric Isaac, Executive Chef and Owner, Ristorante Capeo
Travel virtually to North Little Rock’s Argenta District where Chef Isaac will create “Chicken Piccata” over homemade noodles and will give viewers a tour of the wine cellar.

Ristorante Capeo offers simple Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients prepared in an open kitchen. Seeing a void for Italian dining in this area, Eric Isaac and his brother, Brian, opened this restaurant more than 17 years ago. Chef Eric trained in various regions throughout Italy, cultivating a passion for the food and wines.

Capeo’s menu endeavors to share a taste of this passion and presentation. Some menu items just come out of nowhere while others evolve over time.

Eric started his cooking career at the age of 14 when he was hired to wash dishes at the Ramada Inn’s restaurant in Batesville, AR, his home town. On his first day, one of the cooks quit, so on his second day he was promoted. A couple of weeks after he was trained, the head cook who trained him quit. So it was just Eric for quite some time. After attending UCA, he moved around and ended up at Cassinelli’s in North Little Rock. That changed everything for him. After four years or so, Eric was able to attend culinary school in the Piedmont region of Italy and worked in Liguria for a while. When he got home, Eric started saving his money and talked Brian into partnering up. They rolled up their sleeves and renovated a one-hundred-plus year old building at 425 Main St.. Argenta wasn’t as we know it today. The brothers’ uncle owned the building. It was condemned and he said they could have it cheap, but they had to do the work on it themselves. That meant major cleanup. They literally dug dirt out to make the wine cellar and poured the concrete floors. Eric built the bar and cabinets. It took a year and a half.

Ristorante Capeo is named after a restaurant where Eric worked in Italy. It was on a mountaintop looking over the coastal town of Chiavari and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s in the Liguira region, locally called the Italian Riviera.

Springtime Sonata

Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Henrik, who holds a Bronze Medal in the Culinary Arts, will demonstrate his techniques for preparing “Roast Rack of Lamb Provence,” and Clark will lead viewers through preparations for a special dinner party.

Clark Trim, Hospitality Executive of Colonial Wines and Spirits
Clark Trim is passionate about great food, great wine and great celebrations. Since purchasing Colonial Wines & Spirits in January of 1992, he has worked to transform the store into one of the state’s premier shopping destinations.

After serving in Europe with the United States Army, Clark began his quest to learn all he could about wine and food. For a period that spanned a decade, he was in the heart of wine country in Germany, France, Italy and Spain, advancing his hospitality, culinary and wine education.

Upon graduating from the Army Club Management Academy, and the Armed Forces Culinary Institute, Clark received an Advanced Hospitality Management Certification from the University of Houston’s Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is certified by the Culinary Institute of Herlan, Holland with a Certification in Culinary Masterpieces.

Clark is also a Lifetime Master Gardner, a former member of the Arkansas Humanities Council, a former board member for the Thea Foundation and on the Advisory Council for the University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech Hospitality and Culinary Management Institute.

Henrik Thostrup, Executive Chef of Colonial Wines and Spirits
Henrik Thostrup developed a keen interest in food and wine at an early age in his native Denmark. It’s easy to see why; Henrik’s family has been in the Danish hospitality industry for almost 10 generations, owning restaurants, hotels and bars.

His studies in culinary arts steered Henrik to an Executive Chef designation and earned him a Bronze Medal in the Culinary Arts. These qualifications led Henrik to become Chef for the United States Air Force Officers’ Club at Sonderstrom Air Base in Greenland, where he met Clark Trim. Henrik’s career took him to Germany, where he continued to hone his culinary skills in food and wine across Europe. He’s lived in Little Rock since 1992.

Symphony Designer House

Presented biennially, this is the ASOG’s premier fundraiser which affords designers an opportunity to showcase their talents and give all of us (the ASOG and community) a chance to see the creativity of our local designers, craftsmen and landscapers. This project brings awareness of and interest in the ASO and its supporters from across the state. With the use of over 500 volunteers there are numerous opportunities in the planning and execution of this major Little Rock event. They range from working with designers, marketing the event, staffing the house as a docent during hours of operations and chairing parties and events at the house. The next Designer House will be Spring 2022.

AmazonSmile

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

To register go to: http://smile.amazon.com

When you are asked which organization you would like to support, type: Arkansas Orchestra Society Guildinc

After the first time you use AmazonSmile you will skip the charity selection process. Instead you will be taken directly to smile.amazon.com and will be automatically asked if you want to support the Arkansas Orchestra Society Guildinc. Continue to shop as you have done in the past.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime you will remain a member.

Kroger Community Rewards

If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Plus Card, you can sign up to have a portion of your purchase donated to the Guild. Some members already do this. In the past we have raised a good bit of money from this, but our checks from Kroger are a very low amount now due to the lack of participation. All you need to do is go to the Kroger website, generate an account if you do not have one, and designate the ASOG (#80706) as your choice for donations. Please see directions below:

You must have a Kroger Plus card to participate, but you can get one at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.

To register for the Rewards Program with donations going to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild do the following:

  1. Go online and follow this LINK
  2. If you already have a Kroger online account, you may select “Sign in” at the top.
  3. If you do not have a Kroger online account, select “Create an Account” at the top and follow the instructions.
  4. After you are signed in, click on the “Enroll” button, and follow the directions for enrolling your card. You will need the number from your Kroger Plus card to enroll. When prompted to find your organization name, type “Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild” and click “Search.”
  5. “Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild” will appear in the list. Select this and “Save.”

Every time you shop and use your Kroger Plus card, each purchase will result in a donation to the ASOG at no cost to you.

ASOG Playing Cards

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s Playing Card Fundraiser recently won a national award in Baltimore at the annual conference for the League of American Orchestras. The “face” of these unique playing cards feature images of some of Arkansas’ most treasured locations, natural wonders and notable organizations. The back of the cards feature beautiful images of the instruments of the orchestra. Support the Guild and Make Music Matter by purchasing a deck for yourself, your family or your friends. All proceeds go directly to advance the mission of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild to support the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the people who make it possible.

Please call Mary Rock at (501) 227-7625 to purchase playing cards.

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