2019 Christmas Lunches

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2019 Christmas Lunches

Scarritt Bennett’s Christmas Lunches and Concerts are a highlight of the Nashville Christmas season. Enjoy a 4-course banquet lunch prepared by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef Jennifer Threadgill and served in our historic Susie Gray Dining Hall. Afterward, join your fellow attendees for a free concert in our breathtaking Wightman Chapel.

2019 Event Information

Dates: December 9, 10, 11, and 12
Times: 10:45AM – 1:00PM
Location: Bennett Hall (hor d’oeuvres at 10:45AM) and Susie Gray Dining Hall (lunch at 11:30AM)
Cost: $35

Tickets go on sale September 16 at 9AM CST.

2019 Menu

Bennett Hall Hors d’Oeuvres
Christmas Antipasti Wreath

Susie Gray Lunch
Mixed Greens with chopped Chard, Granny Smith Apples, Craisins, Pomegranate, Grapes, Mandarin Oranges and Spiced Pecans
Turkey Breast Roulade with Sage Breadcrumbs, Dried Apricots and Caramelized Onions & Gruyere
Roasted Beef Tenderloin Bordelaise with Buttered Garlic Mushrooms
Twice Baked Yukon Gold Potatoes
Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon, Caramelized Shallots and Apples
Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Cranberries
Sautéed Spinach with Artichoke Hearts
Rolls and Breads

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Purchase Tickets

Tickets go on sale September 16 at 9AM CST.

2019 Concert Schedule

Every year, our Christmas Lunches are followed by a free Christmas concert in Wightman Chapel. Each day the Christmas concert is performed by a different local artist. While tickets to lunch must be purchased in advance and are limited, all Christmas concerts are free and open to the public.

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Jennie Smith is a graduate of Emory and Henry College, holds a master’s degree from Scarritt Graduate School, and has been a life-long musician in Virginia and Nashville. Having served at Belmont UMC, West Nashville UMC and McKendree UMC, she continues as an organist at Wightman chapel, maintains a piano studio, and volunteer teaches piano at the WO Smith Music School.

Jennie will perform on Monday, December 9.

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Margaret Becker is an internationally acclaimed recording artist who spent the early part of her career writing, recording and touring for EMI/Sparrow records. She’s sold several million records, received 4 Grammy nominations, 4 Dove Awards, 7 SESAC Artist of the Year awards, and charted 24 number-one songs.

Presently, Margaret is focused on her role as a co-writer and producer. With over one-hundred projects to date, her work includes artists across several genres ranging from Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Electronica to World Music.

Although best known for her music, Margaret has authored three books and has used her platform as a keynote speaker/artist to advocate for organizations like World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, Compassion International, Guitars4Troops and Ray of Hope Brazil.


Margaret will perform on Tuesday, December 10.

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The Reverend Marilyn E. Thornton is a United Methodist elder. Rev. Thornton loves to share the story of God’s salvation for all people through story, music, preaching, and education with workshops, retreats, concerts, publications and conferences.

Rev. Thornton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History from Howard University (1975), a Master of Arts in Violin from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (1978), and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University (2002).

Rev. Thornton is the director of the collegiate ministry, Wesley Foundation at Fisk University, and the lead editor of African American Resources at the United Methodist Publishing House.

Marilyn will perform on Wednesday, December 11.

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With over 20 years in the music industry, singer/songwriter Terrell Hunt is no novice.

The Stellar Award nominated recording artist has worked with some of the greatest and top names in the industry and has lent his “gospel-meets-soul” vocal stylings to musical works all over the globe. Terrell’s roots in gospel, jazz and classical music create a platform for him to deliver a unique collaboration of vocal composition – one that strikes a resounding chord with his audiences worldwide.

A consultant to a variety of new artists and church music departments alike, Terrell offers leadership training and coaching complete with strategic planning and road mapping for growth and development in both music industry and music ministry forefronts.

As the Founder of Generation Alive! Inc (a nonprofit for youth in performing arts), and BillyAllison Music Group, LLC (an artist development firm), he is steadily emerging and has been noted as one of the leading, “up and coming” entrepreneurs of our time.

With his latest EP release, “You Did It”, Terrell has no intentions of slowing down. In fact, he says, “I’m just getting started!”

Terrell will perform on Thursday, December 12.