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T.J. Martell’s 15th Annual Best Cellars Dinner Brings Out the Stars

photo by Randi Radcliff

Reba McEntire, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Brett Eldredge and Kacey Musgraves were among the many stars enjoying a fabulous meal, and helping out a great cause, at the 15th annual T.J. Martell Best Cellars Dinner, Monday night (April 28), at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. This unique event raises funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation, a national organization supporting leukemia, AIDS and cancer research.

The Best Cellars Dinner pairs “best sellers” from the music world with a wine host (Best Cellars) who provides the wine for each table. Attendees enjoy an elegant, four-course meal prepared by a world-renowned chef. For this year’s event, Chef Michael Kornick of mk The Restaurant in Chicago created the dinner.

Chris Young was attending for the first time, but he’s not exactly a novice when it comes to wine. “I am a really big red wine guy,” Chris told Country Weekly before the event. “I don’t know my white wines as well, but I have the feeling that these wine experts will show me around a little bit.”

Brett Eldredge noted that he had a friend who recently passed away from bone cancer, so the work of T.J. Martell holds great importance for him. “I love the T.J. Martell Foundation and I love what they stand for,” Brett said. “Any time I hear about a T.J. Martell event, I’ll help out any way I can.”

Also seen mingling and enjoying the evening were Kix Brooks, John Oates, Amy Grant, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Clare Bowen from the TV series Nashville and Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild.

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