1st Annual

Spring Festival

March 10–12th, 2017


 Vintage901 Successfully Launches March 2017

Thank you, Memphis, for the grand welcome and support! 

The folks at Vintage901 believe we are at the crossroads in many facets of our everyday lives. 

From the call of technology to the desire to unplug. 
From the demands of daily work-life to meeting the needs of family and friends. 
From our desire for constancy to our thirst for change. 

Our lives are shaped by these intersections. 

Vintage901 launched its first annual three-day festival March 10 through 12, 2017. We carved out an intentional space at the crossroads; a place to gather and reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and revel in wine and food pairings along with music designed to enjoy local on another level.

We invited Memphis and the surrounding communities and voila…what an experience! 


Many thanks to our amazing 2017 Sommelier, Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach.

Chefs Kelly English (Restaurant Iris), Jimmy Gentry (Paradox), Ayunna Johnson (Chef Du Jour), Danial "Sleepy" Johnson (Tart) and David Johnson, (Belle – A Southern Bistro).

The best crafters & makers and food truck vendors ever!

The greatest sponsors and nonprofit partner!

Last but not least... many thanks to all the folks that attended Vintage901 Fest 2017, each one of you inspired the incredible energy that gained more momentum each day. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Vintage901 Team

Thank you!


Learn more about the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis at www.wfgm.org


3 Days, 3 Locations and 3 Different Experiences = The Vintage901 Fest Experience. 



Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach and Vintage901 2017 Sommelier, gave the opening toast to start the evening at The Halloran Centre in Downtown Memphis. A three-course meal was offered by Chef Kelly English (Iris Restaurant) with select pairings made by Laurie. 

After dinner, guests were entertained by International Jazz Artist Monty Alexander. Monty tickled the keys with many selections including his jazz rendition of local artist, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”. 


The Civic Center Building at Tiger Lane was transformed into a “little Italy” as Chefs, Vendors, Food Trucks and over 90 plus 1 wines were shared with Vintage901 guests. Salsa music and dancers kept things lively!! 


FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms was the site of the Vintage901 closing event. Chef Jimmy Gentry (Paradox) offered multiple food stations for Sunday’s Sparkling Brunch. While dining, Laurie continued to “edutain” (educate and entertain) Vintage901 guests on the artisanal Sparkling wine offerings. Local jazz artist, Stephen Lee, provided the perfect jazz backdrop of music to accompany this closing event. 

We thank you, our guests, for your participation and support of this year’s inaugural event and hope that you enjoyed the Vintage901 experience as much as we enjoyed you.

2017 Schedule

Perfect Pairings, March 10

Friday, March 10th
Opening Toast & Perfect Pairings
6pm – 10pm

The Champagne Reception starts at 5:15pm and dinner starts promptly at 6pm for the Perfect Pairings dinner on Friday night at the Halloran Centre.

Our Grand Sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner designed to experience the perfect pairings. Dinner will be provided by Restaurant Iris. Entertainment will be provided by international jazz artist, Monty Alexander. 

International jazz musician Monty Alexander takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education
225 South Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Saturday, March 11th
The Grand Tasting
1pm – 5pm

The Grand Tasting will feature wine tasting with selections prepared by Grand Sommelier Laurie Forster. Chef’s Ayanna Johnson of Chef Du Jour, Danial “Sleepy” Johnson of Tart, and David Johnson of Belle will feature a wide array of their culinary delights with food demonstrations. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite at the Creative Arts Building on Tiger Lane. Atlanta's, Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band will provide Salsa and Afro Cuban music for festival on Saturday.

The Creative Arts Building
(Liberty Bowl Stadium & Fairgrounds)
2375 Tiger Lane South
Memphis, TN 38104

Wine Table # / Location (at festival):
Table #1 – Bubbles
Table #2 – World Rosés
Table #3 – New Zealand
Table #4 – Portugal
Table #5 – France (Burgundy)
Table #6 – Italy
Table #7 – Spain
Table #8 – South Africa
Table #9 – Germany
Table #10 – Japan
Table #11 – Argentina
Table #12 – Oregon
Table #13 – Pinot Noir
Table #14 – Australia
Table #15 – California
Table #16 – California
Table #17 – Washington
Table #18 – World Class Cabernet
Table #19 – Tennessee

Food Trucks:
Say Cheese
Sledd Concessions

Bridgman Pottery
Cosgrove and Lewis Soaps
Dodson Farms, Craft Jellies and Aprons
Frost Bake Shop, Desserts
Gardens Oy Vey
Jamila Naturals, Lotions
My Cup of Tea, specialty teas
The Mighty Olive, Infused olive oil
Tinderbox, cigars
Vintage901, T-Shirts/Caps


Sunday, March 12th
The Sparkling Brunch
12pm – 2pm

The Sparkling Brunch is the closing event for Vintage901.

The FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms on the Lake: features Memphis Stax Academy Jazz Instructor Stephen Lee and Trio.

FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms
415 Great View Drive East
Cordova, TN 38018

2017 Special Guests


Laurie Forster
Grand Event Sommelier

Laurie Forster is one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the renowned book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. She is an award-winning sommelier, author, media personality and comedian. Her edgy approach to demystifying wine caught the eye of major networks and led her to guest appearances on Dr. Oz, FOX Morning News, ABC News and Martha Stewart Living Today.

Monty Alexander

Vintage901 Perfect Pairings is pleased to present An Evening of Jazz with Monty Alexander. In a career spanning five decades, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, recording artist, composer and band leader Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and blending the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. Monty has performed and recorded with a wide array of renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and others. .  He received a Grammy Nomination in 2012 and a 2015 Soul Train Award Nomination for his work on the project "Harlem Kingston Express" which features both a jazz rhythm section and a Jamaican reggae flavored rhythm section. In the inaugural year of Vintage901, Monty presents his refine concept of jazz.

“For the most part, when I play music, I smell it and see colors. Every song has its own personality, its own soul…” – Monty Alexander

Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band

Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band was formed in 2010 and has risen to become the favorite Latin Band in Atlanta’s nightlife. Their music is a mix of Trova Cubana, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Caribbean Rhythms, Jazz, Rumba and Brazilian beats with a funk twist.

Stephen Lee
Stax Academy Jazz Instructor

Stephen Lee is an instructor at the Stax Music Academy and works at the Memphis Music Initiative, teaching at Overton and Booker T. Washington High Schools. In 2012, he received The Rhythm of Gospel Award. Lee was nominated First Round in the Stellar Gospel Award in 2013 for his album debut “Music in the Key of My Life.” He is also the publisher of In Concert Magazine, an online jazz publication.

Nick Black

The Memphis native is building a buzz nationally for his mix of pop and soul vocals and blazing guitar. His album Deep Blue was introduced in 2015 to critical acclaim for his tracks “Ocean” and “Worst You Can Do.”  Black won the 2016 Blues Music Award for “Band of the Year.” He is currently touring nationally.


2017 Sponsors





aficionado SPONSORS







Larry and Regina Berryman




Dr. Toya Dawson
Bonnie C. Pinkston