Master Chef José Gutierrez and Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo Cooking Up a Great Performance at GPAC 2018 Annual Gala Celebrating Culinary Arts

March 13, 2018

MEMPHIS, TENN., March 13, 2018 Germantown Performing Arts Center supporters will enjoy a treat like no other at the 2018 GPAC Gala celebrating the culinary arts April 7, 2018 as co-chairs Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo and world-renowned Master Chef, José Gutierrez orchestrate a one-of-a-kind culinary arts celebration complete with a gourmet meal specially designed for this event by Chef Gutierrez and served on the GPAC stage, a culinary cocktail hour, big band entertainment, an awards presentation, a live auction, and much more.

“I am honored and very excited to have been paired with Mayor Palazz​olo​ to chair such an amazing and important event to help fund arts and education in Germantown. This is going to be an incredible evening and an unforgettable experience on the GPAC stage for all of us,” said Chef José Gutierrez, Event Co-Chair and owner of River Oaks Restaurant.

Proceeds from the event fund the world-class performances and arts education program for the Germantown Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)3 organization. Individual tickets to the GPAC 2018 Gala celebrating the culinary arts are $250 and can be purchased by calling GPAC at 901-751-7500. Those interested in sponsoring this incredible event may contact Parke Kennedy, Director of Development at or 901-751-7505.

“I am humbled to join Chef Gutierrez as co-chair of such an important event, highlighting two significant elements of our city – the arts and the culinary industry. As an active member of the GPAC board and the Germantown community, I am deeply invested in the future of entertainment and the arts in our community,” said Event Co-Chair Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

The delicious, starry night itinerary will include, but is not limited to:

  • Sumptuous gourmet meal on the main stage, personally prepared by world-renowned Master Chef José Gutierrez
  • Signature cocktails created by in-house master mixologist Brad Pitts
  • Cocktail tasting sponsored by Old Dominick Distillery
  • Culinary Cocktail Hour featuring fun food conversations and demonstrations by Memphis favorites, including Justin Fox Burks (The Chubby Vegetarian), Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass), NoraLee Bowles (Simply Delicious) and Jesse Crittendon (Villages at Germantown)
  • Full bar with cocktails, champagne, wine, and beer
  • Presentation of the 2018 Chairman’s Award and Patron of the Arts Award
  • Live Auction with auctioneer Jeff Morris, Owner of Morris Realty & Auction Group
  • Raise Your Hand for Education fundraiser benefitting the GPAC Arts Education Fund
  • Live entertainment for guests to dance the night away

“We are very excited to have Mayor Palazzolo and Chef Gutierrez chairing the 2018 GPAC Gala celebrating the culinary arts on April 7. The gala is always a wonderful event for GPAC as well as the Germantown community and provides a great way for supporters to enjoy an excellent meal by one of the best chefs in the country in the unique and special environment of the GPAC stage while raising money for performance and arts education in our community,” said Paul Chandler, Executive Director of Germantown Performing Arts Center.


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About Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC):

The Germantown Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 organization providing art performances and art education in the heart of Shelby County, Tennessee serving the Greater Metro Memphis Area of over a million people.  The Mission of the Germantown Performing Arts Center is to serve the community by presenting the highest quality artistic endeavors to educate, engage, enrich and transform.

The GPAC theater is an acoustically perfect, 864 seat venue featuring a sprung pine stage, an intimate black box theater, an elegant patron lounge, eight spacious dressing rooms and a large lobby for entertaining and assembling. Ray Charles set the bar high when he opened GPAC in 1994, immediately defining the space as a place where excellence is the norm and where the world can come to perform.  Season after season, GPAC has applauded an array of artists with extraordinary talents and showcased the broadest range of performances and art forms. GPAC presents world-renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year-round educational activities for all ages including the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, seasoned professional staff and a dedicated board of directors. For more information visit:

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