If you ever patronized Reams' Mothership BBQ where he worked the smoker and the counter as Dr. Funkenswine, you might have met his precious daughter Sophie, who used to help out behind the register even though she wasn't tall enough to see over it. Now 11 years old, Sophie unfortunately suffers from HAE. The disease is so rare that there hasn't been a lot of progress toward a cure or even effective treatment.
But that is starting to change, and Reams and some of his friends are banding together to spread the word. On Jan. 31, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 286, which declares Wednesday, May 16, 2012, to be Hereditary Angioedema Awareness Day in the United States. It's nice to see Congress doing something positive for a change.
This is part of a larger, worldwide effort to raise awareness about this rare disease. To commemorate the occasion, Amerigo and Drink Music City are teaming up to hold a fundraising dinner at 6:30 on Wednesday evening May 16 at Amerigo’s West End location. Amerigo will be providing a special five-course chef’s menu, and Drink Music City will provide wine pairings. The cost is $50 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Hereditary Angioedema Association, a patient advocacy group for those who suffer from the disease.
“I’ve known Sophie since she was 5, so I’m aware of how bad HAE can be,” says Doug Hogrefe, co-owner of Amerigo. “When Jim approached me about hosting this event, I jumped at the chance to help. Our chef Hrant Arakelian has put together an exciting menu, and it will be a great night of food and wine.”
The menu is as follows:
Seared scallop with a mint and spring pea relish, tomato chili jam and crispy prosciutto
Arugula salad tossed with green olives, almonds, oranges and ricotta salata
Family style — Roasted chili, sausage, tomato and fresh oregano pizza, finished with Pecorino Romano and olive oil
Seared lamb chop, parsnip and potato gnocchi tossed with honey thyme glazed carrots, roasted beet puree and grilled asparagus
Almond Panna Cotta with macerated berries and shaved sea salt infused chocolate
The dinner is limited to 30 patrons, and many of your favorite food bloggers are already making plans to attend. Don't miss out on your chance to join this august crew and enjoy a fantastic menu while you help out a very good cause.
For reservations, call Ali Gensert at 615 298-2986.
Amerigo is located at 1920 West End Ave.