April 24th, 2012 by Jim

Amerigo and Drink Music City to Sponsor Fundraiser for Hereditary Angioedema Awareness Day


Hey, we’re sponsoring a fancy fundraising party! Here’s the press release:

Nashville, TN (April 19, 2012) – On Jan. 31, the United States Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 286, which declares May 16, 2012 to be Hereditary Angioedema Awareness Day in the United States.  This is part of a larger, worldwide effort to raise awareness about this rare disease. To commemorate the occasion, Amerigo and Drink Music City are teaming up to hold a fundraising dinner at 6:30 that evening at Amerigo’s West End location. Amerigo will be providing a special five-course chef’s menu, and Drink Music City will provide wine pairings. The cost is $50 per person plus gratuity, and all proceeds will go to the Hereditary Angioedema Association, a patient advocacy group for those who suffer from the disease.

HAE is characterized by symptoms that include episodes of often severe edema or swelling in various body parts such as the hands, feet, gastrointestinal tract, face, and airway. Patients often experience swelling in the intestinal wall, causing bouts of excruciating abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting that can last for days, and swelling of the airway, which can lead to death by asphyxiation. The fundraiser is the brainchild of Jim Reams of Nashville, whose daughter, Sophie, 11, has the disease.

“I’ve known Sophie since she was five, so I’m aware of how bad HAE can be,” says Doug Hogrefe, co-owner of Amerigo. “When Jim approached me about hosting this event, I jumped at the chance to help. Our chef Hrant Arakelian has put together an exciting menu, and it will be a great night of food and wine.”

The menu is as follows:
Seared scallop with a mint and spring pea relish, tomato chili jam and crispy prosciutto.
Arugula salad tossed with green olives, almonds, oranges and ricotta salata
Family style — Roasted chili, sausage, tomato and fresh oregano pizza, finished with Pecorino Romano and olive oil.
Seared lamb chop, parsnip and potato gnocchi tossed with honey thyme glazed carrots, roasted beet puree and grilled asparagus
Almond Panna Cotta with macerated berries and shaved sea salt infused chocolate
For reservations, call Ali Gensert at 615 298-2986. Amerigo is located at 1920 West End Ave., in Nashville.
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And here’s the deal: I wrote that press release. That dude “Jim Reams” that is putting this thing together? That’s me. I AM PLAYING THE ‘MY DAUGHTER HAS A RARE DISEASE’ CARD ON YOU, ya bunch of drunks. I guarantee you this evening is going to be worth way more than fifty bucks. So call Ali and make your reservation. Or my kid will come kick your ass.

Here is a picture of my little family, in case you want to put faces with names. Notice how sweet and dainty my delightful child is.











So come on out if you can. It’s gonna be good.

–Jim R.



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