Buy A Seat

This year we’re featuring a handful of “Buy-A-Seat” opportunities. Ranging from an exclusive dinners (12 Roses) to dinner and intimate concert with Broadway superstar Ramin Karimloo, these intimate events create amazing experiences, foster new friendships, and support the Frankie Lemmon school! Reserve your seat now!


Friends of the McBride

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Join Martina McBride here in Raleigh on August 17, 2019 for a one-of-a-kind evening. Martina will play co-host with our very own Brian McHenry and Eliza Kraft Olander in their home in Raleigh and set you up for a meal that’s out of this world. While Martina and Eliza preside over great conversation and great wine, Scott Crawford, the James Beard semifinalist behind Crawford & Son restaurant, will be in the kitchen. You can expect an otherworldly meal, as Scott takes fresh local ingredients and gives them his elevated twist on classic comforting dishes. And he just happened to have recently won Restaurant of the Year for the Triangle!

As an added incentive Antonio Galloni, esteemed wine critic, is once again headed to Raleigh — this time with Martina — to dazzle us with his infinite wine knowledge and charming old-world personality. Of course, the wine will be flowing! Brian and Eliza will be your acting sommeliers, pulling some of their favorite bottles from their cellar to pair exquisitely with Scott’s food!


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Thursday, October 24th, 2019 will be the Swine-est day of your year at the newly restored Wakefield Barn! It’s back-the Piggy Party! What makes PiggyPalooza so fun? Well, of course, it starts with the food-Duskie Estes, The Queen of Pork and Food Network’s creator of Black Pig Bacon & Waffles, will be flying in from California to prepare the feast. Samad Hatchby, and Chef and owner of Mulino will bring cuisine to surprise and delight. Let’s not forget what makes the night meaningful-wine and tequila! We are bringing our “A Game” for this party: we’re talking the triumvirate-Michael Browne of CIRQ, Guy and Judy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards and Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family Winery. The tequila will be from Steve’s new and highly allocated tequila brand, Penta. 
You will be entertained by the Jordan Lake Swimmers, a new time string band that plays Americana style music.
Donated By – Courtesy of the above named chefs, winemakers and wineries that love the Frankie Lemmon School.

Champagne Philipponnat Dinner

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Champagne Philipponnat Dinner
Dinner at Todd + Lisa McGowan’s home (ITB) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 with Charles Philipponnat from Champagne Philipponnat. We will explore the entire range of Philipponnat champagne including the iconic Clos de Goisses.  To top it off, chef Matt Kelly will be preparing amazing dishes to pair with the Champagne.

Donated By Todd + Lisa McGowan, Charles Philipponnat, Champagne Philipponnat, VinConnect
Chef: Matt Kelly
Winery: Philipponnat
Date: 11/6/19

Rice Rice Baby

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Our very own Joe Kwon, Cheetie Kumar and Vansana Nolintha will team up for this rice centric dinner that will blow your mind! No Uncle Ben’s at this dinner. 

It is a superstar lineup: Joe Kwon is a man of many talents – the virtuoso cellist of the Avett Brothers who moonlights as a Korean Masterchef; Cheetie Kumar, Raleigh’s very own James Beard nominated and owner of Garland. She and her husband, Paul, are rock stars in their own right: when they’re not running the restaurant, they’re playing shows with their band, Birds of Avalon. To complete the trio of chefs, you have Van Nolintha of Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana.

Donated By Joe Kwon, Cheetie Kumar and Vansana Nolintha.

Don’t Forget

Remember, part of your purchase is tax deductible. You will be sent an e-mail once your purchase is complete indicating what part of your purchase is tax deductible.  If a Buy-A-Seat event is sold out, please call our office at 919-845-8880 to get on the waiting list.