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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden are daily from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Get to know the chefs, designers and event planners who will join Priscilla Presley for Graceland's Elegant Southern Style Weekend!
Executive Chef/Owner, Restaurant Iris, The Second Line, and Fino’s in Memphis, TN; and Magnolia House in Biloxi, MS.
2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef” Kelly English is executive chef/owner of acclaimed Restaurant Iris, The Second Line and Fino’s in Memphis. By virtue of his steadfast approach to contemporary southern cuisine, deeply rooted in his Louisiana upbringing and heavily influenced by his travels around the globe, Chef English has earned his position as one of the most recognized culinary names in the South.
Hospitable as he is talented, Chef English is eager to share his passion for culinary craft, unique cocktails and college football with each and every guest he meets. And he’s no stranger to hard work. English studied pre-law at the University of Mississippi, paying his way through college as a cook in local kitchens. The experience inspired him to shift tracks entirely and pursue his passion for food at the Culinary Institute of America, where in addition to studying abroad in France and Spain, English graduated at the top of his class in 2004.
English fell in love with Memphis and bought the first restaurant he would call his own, Restaurant Iris. In 2009, English was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, appeared on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and earned Memphis Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” award. In February 2012, English was named Memphis’ “Prince of Porc” in the national Cochon555 competition, which landed him a seat at the 2012 Aspen Food & Wine Festival.
English has been featured in Food & Wine magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, and the cookbook Wild Abundance. He believes deeply the power of community and is an avid supporter of the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. English also serves on the Founder’s Council for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and was named a “Young Memphian” by the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and “Top 40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal in 2013.
ABOUT THE RESTAURANTS
Restaurant Iris, a charming French-Creole restaurant near the historic Overton Square of midtown Memphis, has taken the Memphis dining scene by storm. Among its many accolades, Restaurant Iris received a four-star review from Commercial Appeal, was voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Date Night” in the publication’s Reader’s Poll, and was voted Memphis’ “Best Restaurant,” “Best Chef” and “Best Service” four years in a row by Memphis magazine readers. For four years running, Memphis Flyer readers also voted English “Best Chef” and deemed Restaurant Iris “Best Restaurant.” In 2014, Restaurant Iris was also voted one of “OpenTable Diner’s Choice Most Romantic Restaurants in America.”
English’s The Second Line, is located right next door to its older sister in Midtown Memphis. The Second Line boasts a casual atmosphere complete with Memphis-inspired New Orleans favorites like poboys, seafood plates, roasted meats, and unique cocktails, such as fresh-squeezed Hurricanes, that are always tailor-made. The Second Line continues English’s commitment to use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible and is the perfect spot to catch a Grizzlies game throughout the season.
Magnolia House, opened in May, 2014 in Mississippi’s new Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino. Magnolia House has the look of a classic Southern home and features a fine dining menu inspired by favorites at Restaurant Iris and The Second Line, with the added local flavor and bounty of Biloxi.
In 2019, English took ownership of the historic Fino’s and began the work of freshening up the Midtown location. Kelly’s brother Todd English will continue the family legacy both within the English name and with the Fino’s brand. This next chapter of Fino’s will introduce new concepts like breakfast items and an expanded pizza menu, while still keeping the recipes and items that made Fino’s what it was to begin with. Fino’s has become a Midtown landmark, and a Memphis institution.
Motivational Speaker & Lifestyle Expert
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book "The Blind Side," Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. She graduated from Ole Miss and while there met her husband, Sean Tuohy. Both were ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader and an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta and Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion. They are the proud parents of daughter, Collins, and sons, Michael Oher and Sean, Jr. In February 2013, Leigh Anne and the whole Tuohy family were on the sidelines cheering Michael and the Baltimore Ravens on to his first Super bowl victory.
Leigh Anne is an interior designer by trade and her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She is a New York Times best-selling author of In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. Another book authored by Leigh Anne, Turn Around, is a five-day-per-week devotional that uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately. After The Blind Side was released the response was overwhelming and as a result Sean and Leigh Anne established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.
Leigh Anne was featured in Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy on UP, the network dedicated to uplifting entertainment. The television show featured families as they go through the process of adding a new family member and also facilitated a makeover. She makes appearances on various broadcasts in the national media, including Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live and HLN, to name a few. Leigh Anne is a sought-after motivational speaker represented by GTN, a United Talent Agency Company.
Through all of their projects, Leigh Anne and her family continue their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.
Sid Mashburn serves as Chief Executive Officer & Designer with partner Ann as Chief Creative Officer & Designer of Mashburn, LLC. Sid began his design career in New York as the very first men’s designer at J.Crew, where he spent 5 years helping to establish the brand’s menswear identity and aesthetic. He was then recruited by Ralph Lauren himself to design at Polo and begin what would eventually become their Rugby collection. He went on to serve as VP of Design at Tommy Hilfiger and spent 6 years as SVP of Design at Lands’ End. Ann’s career in fashion began in editorial at Conde Nast, where she served as an assistant to famed Vogue fashion editor and stylist Polly Mellen, and worked alongside such visionary greats as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel. Following her time at Vogue, Ann was then named fashion editor of Glamour and then went on to style at J.Crew, where she and Sid worked together. This began their lifelong creative partnership.
In 2007, Sid, Ann & their five daughters moved to Atlanta to pursue his own line. Inspired by the beauty and attention to detail of shops in Tokyo & Milan, as well as the end-to-end service tradition of old-school American haberdashers, Sid & Ann opened a single men's shop, SID MASHBURN, on the West Side of Atlanta in 2007. The concept was simple: a combination of their own designed-and-produced tailored clothing, sportswear, footwear, and accessories, alongside their favorite classic, iconic, and hard-to-find pieces, all in a space designed to feel as beautiful, cool, and welcoming as possible. In 2010, they expanded the business with a full women’s line and shop, which is inspired by Ann’s own well-edited closet, and filled with the brand’s signature line of clothing, footwear, and accessories, as well as a curation of favorite objects and brands picked up from stops around the world. Mashburn launched e-commerce sites in 2011 to serve the brand’s ever-expanding customer base outside of Atlanta. The shops have been celebrated as premier retail destinations by national fashion, lifestyle, and luxury publications, and Sid & Ann as consummate lifestyle tastemakers. Flagship SID and ANN shops opened in Houston in winter 2013, and the duo opened their third and fourth set of retail locations in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and Dallas, fall 2015. The brand has since expanded to the West Coast, with the fall 2016 opening of a Sid Mashburn-only men’s shop in the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. In February 2018, Sid and Ann expanded their flagship Atlanta retail footprint with the opening of an adjacent Mashburn coffee shop and experiential lifestyle concept shop.
Sid & Ann live in Buckhead, Atlanta, with their five daughters, Elizabeth, Louisa, Daisy, Harriet and Pauline.
Event Designer and Planner
Troy Williams loves nothing more than to see a sparkle in someone’s eye when they realize their vision has been brought to life in a spectacular fashion. Whether its high-profile weddings for Julianne Hough or Eva Longoria or a once-in-a-lifetime event honoring the legendary Carol Burnett and “The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show”; his attention to the thoughtful details, both big and small, is consistently at an exceptionally high standard for all of his clients.
Troy is a former Senior Publicist for Premieres and Special Events at Warner Bros. Pictures, where he was involved in the planning and implementation of over 450 special events from coast to coast, including Academy Award and Golden Globe parties.
After his rewarding 14-year tenure, he successfully launched Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events and now creates incredibly personalized event and branding experiences for Celebrity, Corporate, Charity and Social clients. He’s been named one of the “Best Wedding Planners in the World” by Harper’s Bazaar and one of the “Best Wedding Planners in the U.S.” by BRIDES magazine. His strong background in Public Relations, Marketing and Brand Partnerships are a unique bonus to his tasteful and thoughtful event designer skills.
He’s available for hosting on-air television lifestyle segments and speaking engagements globally and is currently incorporating multiple lifestyle design projects into his brand like his Hallmark Signature Greeting Card line.
When he’s not making people’s visions come to life for their special occasions, he loves spending time with his supportive family. He and his husband, Craig share their home in Southern California, with their son, Finnley and three dogs, Lucy, Lala + Lolo.
Chairman and CEO, Pat Kerr, Inc.
Growing up on the family cotton farm in Savannah, Tennessee, Pat Kerr’s parents imbued her with confidence to accomplish anything. At 14, Pat began attending Patricia Steven’s Modeling and Charm School in Memphis two days a week and developed a love for pageants through watching the annual Maid of Cotton competition. As a Memphis State University student, she began competing and won the titles of Miss Memphis, Miss Tennessee Universe and Miss Tennessee World. She also became a sought-after local model, appearing in print and on the runways for many of the city’s fashion retailers including Lowenstein’s, King Furs, Goldsmith’s, Helen of Memphis and Gerber’s. One of her great early life experiences was a three-month Goodwill modelling tour to the Orient with Miss USA and Miss Universe. During this trip she turned a childhood fascination with textiles and fabrics into a collecting hobby. Upon her return, Pat Kerr agreed to run the Miss Universe franchise for Tennessee and during her 12-year ownership developed it into the third largest pageant in the nation. She also founded the “Little Miss Tennessee Universe Pageant," the “Junior Miss Tennessee Universe” and “Teen Tennessee Universe.” Her competitors were always in the top tier of all the national pageants during the time she owned them. Always working, Pat Kerr continued modeling New York couture clothing lines including Oleg Cassini, Helen Rose and Rudi Gernreich.
Although she'd created clothes for herself and her contestants, she began designing professionally only after her marriage to John Tigrett, a financial adviser to Nelson Bunker Hunt, Sir James Goldsmith, J. Paul Getty, Lord Roy Thompson and Dr. Armand Hammer. In 1979, she began designing bridal gowns made with the exquisite antique laces she'd collected, and soon discerning brides clamored for her designs. She became America’s First Bridal Couture designer as her career was launched by Neiman Marcus. Pat Kerr Couture has been featured in the windows of the most successful upscale retailers in the country including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel. Her gowns were on the covers of numerous books and magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, The Tiffany Wedding book, and The Plaza Hotel Wedding Book. Estee Lauder chose Pat Kerr Bridal Couture to launch their “Beautiful” campaign in print and tv, as the first perfume made exclusively for brides. Today, Pat Kerr, Inc., features three divisions: Bridal Couture, Evening Couture, and Children’s Couture, creating designs for discriminating taste and the ceremonies of life.
Living 20 years in London, Pat developed an extensive private royal collection of items belonging to Princess Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Queen Victoria, and King George III, among others. As a world-renowned collector, historians and museum curators alike recognize her impressive collection, dating back to the 16th century. Items from her private collection are currently highlighted in the “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. The exhibit runs for three years in Diana’s home at Kensington Palace, London, through 2020. Mrs. Tigrett was also the only American featured in the documentary "Extreme Royal Collections" and was invited by BBC/London tv to commentate Princess Diana’s museum at her ancestral home, Althorp.
As Founder/Chairman of a full scale production company, Celebrations!!!, Pat and her team produce unique upscale events from inaugural balls, weddings all over the globe, charity balls/fundraisers, lighting of bridges, groundbreakings for pyramids, museum openings, museum installations, fashion shows, corporate events, etc…from concept through completion…for 2 to 250,000 attendees!
She founded and produced The Blues Ball, The Ol’ Man River Moonshine Ball, the Jingle Bell Ball, and the Nutcracker Ball benefiting Memphis music, children and the arts. Former and current board memberships include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis in May, University of Memphis, Memphis Rock ‘N Soul Museum, NARAS, the Norman Vincent Peale National Committee, Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, and the Memphis & Shelby County Film & TV Commission. She served as co-chair of the lighting of the “M bridge” and the Pyramid Big Dig. Pat Tigrett has been on the International Best Dressed List selection committee for over 25 years.
Pat Kerr Tigrett has received numerous honors and awards. She was the first woman included in the Peabody Duck Walk of Fame in 2015; Memphis Flyer “25 Who Shaped Memphis: 1989-2018”; received the “Marketer of the Year” Iris Award from Bride’s Magazine, the most coveted national award in the bridal industry; was honored by President George W. Bush as a recipient of the “Thousand Points of Light” in 1989; 2004 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis “Image & Style” Award; the Memphis Magazine Memphian of the Year in 1986; Emissary of Memphis Music – Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission in 2009; and was inducted into the The Society of Entrepreneurs Hall of Honor in 1992. Mrs. Tigrett is a member of the Memphis Magazine “Who’s Who” Hall of Fame – one of eleven Memphians named to every “Who’s Who” from 1984 thru 2019 and the only woman.
Pat and her late Husband, John Tigrett, have a son, Kerr, wife Melanie, a stepson Isaac and four awesome grandchildren.
Costume Designer, Fashion Designer, Author
Janie Bryant is an Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer well known for her designs on AMC TV’s Mad Men and HBO’s Deadwood, for which she earned the prestigious Emmy award. Janie is currently costume designer for the new Marc Cherry created production “Why Women Kill” scheduled to premiere in August 2019 on CBS All Access. This comedic drama is set in 3 different decades and stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Alexandra Daddario. Janie was also the costume designer on “The Romanoffs” a television series, created by Matt Weiner, that premiered on Amazon Video in October 2018, and designed the recently aired “Deadwood” movie for HBO.
Janie was the costume designer of the short lived but critically acclaimed Amazon show “The Last Tycoon,” with Lily Collins and Matt Bomer that showcased Hollywood glamour of the 1930’s. She also designed the box office hit of the remake of Stephen King’s iconic movie “IT.”
Janie’s costume design has been cited as influencing designers Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Prada, Marc Jacobs and others. After studying fashion design, moving to Paris for design and then New York where she got involved in the TV & film industry, Bryant then moved to Los Angeles to follow her passion of continuing her career as a Hollywood Costume Designer.
Along with her critically acclaimed and prestigiously awarded costumes, and her own Ready to Wear line for extended sizes (JXB), Janie had also designed the successful Mad Men collections in collaboration with AMC TV and Banana Republic, and has worked with many brands including Brooks Brothers, Shoes of Prey, Hearts on Fire Diamonds, Downy, SONY, NIKE, Maidenform Intimate Apparel, Mack Weldon, Hartmann luggage, eBay, airbNb, Black Halo and Unique Vintage. Janie also designed the uniforms for the relaunch of the Watergate hotel in Washington D.C. In 2011, Janie released her first book called “The Fashion File” with style tips and inspiration to help every woman become her own “leading lady.”
Janie can be found on Instagram and Twitter.
Bryant is from Cleveland, TN and is an avid Elvis fan and speaks passionately about his impact on Fashion and pop culture in general.
President, Lansky Bros: Clothier to the King
Hal J. Lansky is the President and Second Generation of Lansky Bros., which encompass retail shops in Downtown Memphis. Hal’s father, Bernard, started the business in 1946 and is most notably known as the Clothier to the King for styling Elvis Presley throughout his career. Currently, Hal Lansky oversees four retail concepts in the Lobby of the famous Peabody Hotel and in the original location at 126 Beale Street. Hal Lansky is continuing the family’s legacy by preserving the history and reputation of delivering top notch customer service with trend setting clothing to their customers. Hal has cherished his many memories working in the Lansky Bros. shop on famous Beale Street and has seen a lot of musicians as they began their careers. Notable Lansky customers throughout the years include Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, David Porter, Steve Cropper, Albert King, Willie Mitchell, Robert Plant, and many more. Most days, Hal can be found working in Lansky at the Peabody Men's shop where he loves to meet and take care of customers.
Senior Homes Editor, Southern Living Magazine
As Southern Living’s Senior Homes & Garden Editor, Zoë Gowen canvases the South looking for the best interiors, architecture, and gardens. She collaborates with the country’s top designers, stylists, architects, and writers to put out lively and inspiring stories chockfull of helpful and practical tips in both print and online. There’s a never dull moment and she’s committed to battling the ubiquitous beige interiors movement in favor of ones filled with personality and character. Before joining Southern Living, Zoë worked for two other Meredith owned brands MyRecipes and MyHomeIdeas, and the Guarisco Art gallery in Washington, D.C. . At Sewanee, she majored in American Studies with a minor in Art History. Zoë lives in the smallest cottage she could find in Birmingham, Alabama with the largest dog.
Owner of Chadwick & Sons Orchids
Art holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State and an MBA from James Madison University. He founded Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc in 1989 with his father who has been growing orchids since 1943.
The Chadwick’s first book, "The Classic Cattleyas," sold out in 2006 and is being reissued with new material this fall. Martha Stewart favorably reviewed the book and had both Chadwicks on her TV Show. A second book, "First Ladies and their Cattleyas," is being edited and is scheduled for a 2020 release.
The Chadwick’s have the distinction of naming Cattleya hybrids after the wives of the five most recent U.S. Presidents and personally presenting the flowers to most of the honored recipients.
Art is a 'regular' on the orchid society speaker's circuit and has spoken at two World Orchid Conferences - France 2005 and Ecuador 2017. He also writes a monthly orchid advice column that is carried by numerous newspapers.
Chadwicks operates 11 greenhouses in rural Powhatan County, a retail store in Richmond, and boards over 13,000 orchids for local clients. The company was recently featured in Southern Living magazine, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Smithsonian magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, The Washington Post, and The CBS Evening News. In addition, watch for the August issue of Oprah magazine.
SVP of Creative Services, DreamCatcher Hotels
Aron Ramage brings almost three decades of architectural experience to his role as SVP of Creative Services. With a keen eye for remarkable and practical solutions, he is an award-winning architect and designer. Aron has been an integral part of the acclaimed guest rooms and the well-known, unmistakable style of DreamCatcher Hotels. From the awe-inspiring lobbies to the artfully appointed rooms, his mastery in the use of meaningful accents elevates and enhances our guests’ experience.
Prior to DCH, Aron was with Hnedak Bobo Group. While there he was involved with many types of developments. In the hospitality arena he was a part of the design of several Indian Gaming Casinos and Resorts. This includes Seven Clans Hotel at Coushatta in Louisiana, which was the first DreamCatcher hotel, as well as the Wind Creek Casino and Resort in Wetumpka, Alabama.
His portfolio extends well beyond the hospitality industry and select project work includes the Memphis, Tennessee International Paper corporate headquarters. Aron has a passion for adaptive reuse projects and two notable ones of this type are the luxury condominiums Delancey Lofts in Washington, DC and Metro 67 luxury apartments in Memphis, TN.
Ramage was the lead interior designer for The Guest House at Graceland. Another DreamCatcher Hotels development, this is a 450-Room hotel resort experience inspired by Elvis. It is in Memphis next to Presley’s Graceland mansion. His work there included leading the design of the guestrooms and unique luxury suites as well as the lobby, a 460-seat theater, two full-service restaurants, conference rooms and ballrooms.
In recognition of his work, Ramage has received over 20 design awards from many organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, Gulf States AIA, Aurora Awards and the Shaw DESIGN IS Award.
Lifestyle Expert and Chef
Jim Norton has emerged on the entertaining scene as a “triple threat” and the true definition of a lifestyle expert. With more than 400 “over the top” dinner parties under his belt, this charming, funny host, celebrity chef and master of home entertaining is a regular guest on Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” show, and a Culinary Contributor to At Home Memphis & Mid South magazine.
As founder of “The Norton Recipe,” Jim strives to share his amazing recipes using familiar ingredients with an elevated twist - all while encouraging and guiding even the most reluctant cook.
Norton has entertained the likes of celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Montel Williams, Christian Siriano, Brenda Lee & James Keach, just to name a few. “I have never seen anyone as creative as Jim in the kitchen. There’s only one way I can describe his incredible talent – ROCK STAR,” raves Jim’s friend & country music legend, T.G. Sheppard.
An interior designer by trade, Jim has an affinity for the details, making his parties both memorable and spectacular! His extravagant tablescapes are often adorned with fresh flowers cut from his garden, along with candles, crystal and antique china. Such scenes complement “Oakmont” – the historic Jackson, Tennessee estate he shares with his partner of nearly 20 years, Robert Walden.
A self-taught cook who grew up in California, Norton spent much of his childhood in the kitchen with his Southern-born mother and grandmother. At age 20, he packed his bags, left Sonoma County & moved to Nashville – chasing his dream to become a country music star. While living in a low-rent, one bedroom apartment and sleeping on a 99-cent air mattress, Jim picked up any gig he could in “Music City,” eventually teaching dance lessons at some of Nashville’s hottest spots, such as the Wildhorse Saloon. Norton laughs, “It’s no wonder that most of our dinner parties end with our guests two-stepping around the table!”
When he’s not hosting or in the kitchen, Norton can be found sharing his talents as a singer, or curating home décor items for “Hoity Toity,” the retail space he co-owns with Walden. In his home community, Jim serves as chairman of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Charity Gala, an annual event that generates nearly a quarter of a million dollars. He also hosts the pre-Gala Patrons’ Party at Oakmont for 250 guests each year.
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