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YUM-YUM: Tapas event to raise funds for public art

March 21st, 2014 2:02 pm by Contributed

YUM-YUM: Tapas event to raise funds for public art

YUM-YUM, The Power of the Bite featuring International Tapas is scheduled for Thursday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Nelson’s Fine Art Center, 324 Main St., Johnson City. This event supports local restaurants that offer good food while embracing another type of art form — public art. The proceeds for this event will go towards a bicycle-inspired public art project designated for South Side Neighborhood (aka the Tree Streets).

YUM-YUM will feature several local restaurants providing internationally inspired tapas — “a bite” or small plate of food — served with two glasses of wine. One Stop Wines is providing a door prize of wines that can be paired with that evening’s tapas choices.

One sample dish is an Italian-inspired Belini Bruschetta: a sliced baguette toasted in garlic olive oil, topped with peach-prosecco jam, sliced prosciutto and fresh arugula and honey roasted figs with fresh ricotta and hazelnut. Another is a warm Greek-inspired Orzo Salad with Mediterranean vegetables — cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olive, roasted red pepper, fresh parsley tossed in dijon dill vinaigrette — and feta.

The goal of “this tapas experience is to have a range of unique internationally inspired food that goes beyond a specific country,” said Virginia Buda, arts organizer and founder of Artlandia.

The word tapas originated in Spain. Tapas refers to a wide variety of Spanish appetizers that when combined could make a meal. Tapas is also a popular term used more broadly to refer to any similar format dining where small plates or “bites” of food are offered, which is why YUM-YUM embraces this particular definition of the word.

In some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating, which is the experience guests will have March 27.

“One clear sign that cities are progressing is when we find culinary haunts, in their many designed shapes and forms, preparing interesting food,” said Buda. “Those restaurants are here and elsewhere in the region. And, we need to encourage these and other independent-thinking entrepreneurs to develop and grow because they are a sincere reflection of a progressive city ...

“Without [these entrepreneurs], we lose a cultural layer that is necessary for positive growth. Ultimately, this YUM-YUM event showcases our local restaurants and their internationally inspired food while raising money for public art.”

There are 200 tickets, including one “golden” ticket — a door prize — for purchase. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at, at Nelson’s Fine Art Center or by contacting Virginia Buda at 833-8474 or email

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