Dinner With FriendsDINNER
Williams and his circle of friends knew the value of great food and drink. In the spirit of fine dining and friendship, join us at the Crown & Anchor on Thursday night for an unforgettable Festival kick-off full of old acquaintances and new faces alike.
special Festival Kick-off Dinner
proceeds benefit the TW Festival
Paramount at the Crown
"We've had this date with each other from the beginning..."
— A Streetcar Named Desire
No Festival is complete without the excitement and energy of the kick-off dinner, and this year promises to be better than ever, full of friendly faces from all around town and around the globe.
Dinner will be served family style, six to a table, with a delicious menu of farm-to-table items by chef Gemma of the Central House at the Crown.
Your all-inclusive ticket price includes a filling meal, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.
Our Mississippi Friends
"Tennessee" was really from Mississippi.
Born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1911, and raised as a child in Clarksdale, Williams couldn't help but infuse his writing with the color, cadence and characters from his youth spent in the heart of the Mississippi Delta.
At this year's kick-off dinner, we toast our Festival's special relationship with the state of Mississippi. For many years, our productions have traveled to the Tennessee Williams Tribute at his birthplace in Columbus. More recently, our Orpheus Descending also traveled to Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, and to Jackson, the state capital.
Come and meet our good friends from the Magnolia State:
- Brenda Caradine, director of the Tennessee Williams Tribute
- Sarah McCullough, cultural heritage tourism manager for Mississippi
- Senator Hob Bryan and more
Let them prepare you for the weekend with a big helping of good old-fashioned Southern charm.
Braised Beef with Vegetables
Roast Pork Tenderloin
Watermelon and Tomato Salad
Grilled Broccoli Rabe
Heirloom Lettuce Salad
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Cheddar & Herb Biscuits
[Soft drinks, coffee and gratuity is included. Drinks from the full bar are available by request at an additional charge.]