The 2nd dinner in our series is entitled “The Busseni Dinner” The sold out Carnival of Venice Dinner at The Candoro Marble building was “a delicious success and celebration of life” says Trudy Monaco, board member of Candoro Arts & Heritage Center. Chef Nicholas Drew crafted a four course meal for over 55 attendees who savored this event, not only for its purpose to raise funds for the preservation of the Candoro Marble Building but its meaning…to honor the memory of Charles Richmond, who passed away in December while the Candoro Marble Dinner Series was in the planning stages. Richmond served as the much-beloved president of the board of directors for Candoro Arts & Heritage Center. “Prior to his death, Charlie knew about this special dinner; he loved the Carnival of Venice theme, and he was honored that his name was going to be associated with the event,” explains Trudy “From his hospital bed he said to me, ‘Tell everyone that I will be there in spirit.’” Charles Richmond’s children attended the event, and Charles’ brother Jim Richmond served as the official photographer for the evening. [view scenes from the Carnival of Venice Dinner] The dinner is entitled “The Busseni Dinner,” and so named because it is Charles Richmond’s middle name, which reflects his mother’s Italian ancestry. The Candoro Marble building is covered floor to ceiling in marble and provides the perfect setting for an Italian evening. The Busseni dinner features the culinary talent of Chef Vincent P. Vecchione. Chef Vecchione hails from Italy, and he is not only an authentic Italian chef; He does a great job of explaining the Italian culture and meaning of each food. “I am a philosophy cook,” explains Vecchione “I enjoy preparing food that is not only delicious, but good for the soul. My food philosophy for this special dinner is the continuing circle of life found in the land, the sea, and the sky.” These 2013 dinners combine the history of Knoxville with flavors by some of Knoxville’s best chefs. Reservations for each dinner are available online on this page via PayPal, and proceeds from the dinner series support the historic preservation of the Candoro Marble Building. If you prefer to make your reservation by check, simply mail it to: Candoro Arts & Heritage Center PO Box 9437 Knoxville, TN 37940 (865) 384-1273 The Candoro Marble Building, former home of the Candoro Marble Company, is experiencing renewed interest and is once again becoming a cornerstone of South Knoxville. Marble walls and floors adorn The Candoro Marble Building, an architectural treasure in South Knoxville which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.