Capital Financial Group was the PhD sponsor at the 4th annual Music City Chef Throwdown presented by NextUp – Martha O'Bryan Center Ambassadors. The event took place Thursday June 14th at the Martha O'Bryan Center in East Nashville. Two hundred and fifty attendees watched and tasted as 8 chef teams from all over Nashville created delicious dishes from affordable ingredients. The chefs were from Sinema, The Grilled Cheeserie, Saint Anejo, Butcher and Bee, Funk Seoul Brother, Von Elrod's, Hattie B's and The 404 Kitchen. The Judges were Chris Chamberlain, author of Southern Foodie, Deb Paquette, Chef and Owner of Etch and Etc., Craig Wayne Boyd, American country singer and songwriter and Season 7 winner of “The Voice”, and Ashford Hughes, Sr., City of Nashville's Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. The emcee of the event was Jason Fitz, cohost of Braden & Fitz of ESPN radio. This year both the people's choice award and judge's choice award went to Chef Duane Loftus of Von Elrod's. The event also featured a VIP Happy Hour with Bartenders from The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club, Henley, and Walden slinging up custom cocktails and a swag bag for those attending the VIP event.
With two members of the Capital Financial Group team, Andy Faught and Lauren Bellflower, serving on the NextUp Martha O'Bryan Center Ambassadors Team, the Martha O'Bryan Center is near and dear to our hearts. Capital Financial Group was proud to have the opportunity to be the PhD sponsor and to support the Martha O'Bryan Center and their efforts in the community.
The Martha O'Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization with longstanding history and deep community roots, grounded in tradition and strengthened by innovation. Founded in 1894 when Miss O'Bryan organized the Gleaners Society at First Presbyterian Church to support impoverished North Nashville residents, the Martha O'Bryan Center has operated from the heart of Cayce Place - Nashville's most distressed community - since 1948. This is where they continue in service, partnering with Cayce Place families to open doors of hope and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and positively shape future generations.
(Photo credit: D91 Photography)