Sadie LeSueur Dinner at Cheekwood

by R.B. Quinn and Min Merrell
Verde Mayo


The inaugural First Thursday Night in the Garden at Cheekwood is on June 2 and we’ll be cooking a special dinner at the Pineapple Room as part of the festivities that include Steve Tobin’s sculptures in the Garden and an evening of music, dance, live performance and great food and drink.  Get advance tickets to Cheekwood.

In conjunction with Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots exhibit in the Garden, we hope you’ll join us for the special prix fix dinner celebrating Nashville’s culinary Southern Roots inspired by Sadie LeSueur, the legendary mid-century hostess of Nashville’s Centennial Club and influential cookbook author. Her important works Sadie LeSueur’s Recipes and Party Plans (1958) and the later expanded Recipes, Party Plans, and Garnishes (1970), were must-haves in every kitchen, both well-used and relied upon by generations of Nashville homemakers for stylish entertaining.

The summer picnic dinner will include four summery courses, a signature cocktail and wine.

For reservations call The Pineapple Room at (615) 352-4859.

Sadie LeSueur Southern Roots Picnic Supper

The  Pineapple Room

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum

June 2, 2016

 Smoked Salmon Spread and Chicken Live Pate on Crostini

with Sadie’s Crisp Cucumber Rings

Tennessee Whiskey Lemon Jack Julep

Chilled Watercress Soup

Poached Chicken Verde, Tomato Aspic, Succotash Salad

Cheddar Mush Muffins

 Pound Cake Squares and Strawberry Fruit Fluff

Accolades for Mrs. LeSueur from her cookbook!

According to The New York Times,  “Anyone who has trouble planning menus for festive occasions will find sound, professional help. In twenty years as hostess at the Centennial Club, Nashville, Tennessee, Mrs. LeSueur created an endless stream of new menus for all kinds of events.”

“You’ll be sure to have the prettiest and tastiest food ever if you let Mrs. LeSueur be your guide…” Tennessean




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