Event Specimens

Riverplains Farm to Table Dinner
This evening featured a lovely dinner under the stars at Riverplains with ingredients sourced and grown in Jefferson county. The three course dinner was prepared by Jennifer Niceley and Anna Niceley Barreiro and featured an amazing array of culinary specialties from spelt crackers to a variety of pickles to feta. All made by hand with products from the farm.

The Mockingbird Street Food dinner was an evening of street food from around the world. People enjoyed Arepes, Samosas, and Kim Chee among other delicacies prepared and presented by team Mockingbird.

The Mockingbird Speak Easy
The Mockingbird Speak Easy, a private, invitation only party, was created out of the desire to, at least for one night, be able to go to a “bar” and have creative, well-executed cocktails in Knoxville, Tennessee. Each Speak Easy features a number of guest bartenders serving specialty cocktails in a non-traditional location with a speak easy atmosphere.

Baconfest grew out of a field trip taken by friends to Benton’s Smoky Mountain Hams after reading about the company in Gourmet magazine. What started 3 years ago as a small house party has become a gathering of like-minded bacon enthusiasts bringing a bacon dish + recipe. There are judges and categories for recipes such as “most contemporary interpretation of a traditional dish” or “farthest traveled bacon.” Baconfest incorporates bacon cocktails, gathering recipes, and creating the perfect bacon-themed space.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Bonnaroo is the largest and most revered music and camping event in the country. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event is famous for the incredible energy that emerges from its crowds, who make the Bonnaroo pilgrimage to immerse themselves in its unique camping community and witness four days of historical music moments.

As the festival’s sustainability coordinator, Mockingbird works with each department head of the festival to research and assist in sustainability practices; communicate to our fans, industry peers, and publicity team all the sustainability work the festival is doing; create request for proposals for projects such as a solar array installation and a wastewater management treatment facility; create a green product database; develop festival purchasing policies and a greening guide for the employee handbook; serve as on-site representative to the press, give interviews and represent the festival for all matters related to sustainability.

Big Ears 2009
The mission of Big Ears 2009, a project of AC Entertainment, was to offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and artistic discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory concerts and performances, installations, discussions, and interactive experiences by artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand apart from the mainstream. Artists included Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons, Dan Deacon, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Gira, and Matmos.

Working on a team with other AC Entertainment employees, assisted with the operations for inaugural Big Ears Festival including arranging all artist transportation, hotel rooms, catering for artists during the festival; managed team of volunteers; worked with team to create the event program design and text; worked with design team to create merchandise; helped implement the ticketing structure and strategy, marketing plan, staffing, booking, scheduling, venue selection and preparation, educational outreach, and publicity; developed festival relationship with Knoxville Tourism to secure hotel rooms and; created welcome packets for patrons and artists; provided general assistance to artists and festival partners once they arrived in Knoxville; facilitated post festival reporting and evaluation.

Education Workshops
Mockingbird has taught a number of food workshops over the years from canning to pickling to sushi making.

Fundraising Events
Square Dances at the Brooklyn Brewery were created as a fundraiser for Appalshop to attract a younger donor base for the 40 year old organization. Each event was wildly successful with average attendance of 400 people. Additionally a number of more traditional house parties were created and planned in cities ranging from New York City to Berkeley, CA to Washington D.C. to Knoxville, TN. Other fundraisers consisted of outdoor Appalshop film screenings, cocktail parties, and indoor film screenings.

A number of skills were developed and used over the 4-years as an individual fundraiser from managing an annual budget of $150,000, quarterly direct mail campaigns and donor records, to planning and executing 22 fundraising and cultivation events in four years with national advisory board members in 8 cities to coordinating approximately 60 volunteers across the country, to creating communication materials such as newsletters, publicity materials, and brochures