Pre-Opera Dinners and Brunches

An excellent beginning to delightful performances are pre-opera meals hosted by the Knoxville Opera Guild.

Dinners are $75, brunches are $25 and include non-alcoholic beverages.  Cash bar is available

Congratulations!  You’re attending the greatest show in town….now add to your experience by enjoying  wonderful meal prior to your performance while raising funds for Knoxville Opera Guild.

This season, we are pleased to announce that pre-opera dinners will be held at East TN History Center and catered by Chef Holly Hambright.  Each dinner includes a 3-course meal.  A cash bar is available featuring house red, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and rose, Jack Daniels, Stoli, Tanquerey, Dewars, 2 domestic, and 2 imported beers.

The dinner menus for each production are below

The Pirates of Penzance

October 21, 2016  Cash bar opens at 5:00, dinner begins at 5:30

  • Mabel’s Mock Turtle Soup w/pirate’s sherry
  • Cornwall Chicken Breast filled w/Onions & Apples, Major-General’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Frederic’s Fine Beans w/Herbs & Lemon
  • G&S Bakewell Tart (raspberry jam, frangipane, almonds in short pastry)

La Bohème

February 10, 2017 Cash bar opens at 5:00, dinner begins at 5:30

  • Mimì’s Celery Root Remoulade with Crab
  • Petite Filet de Boeuf, Winter Barigoule (Beef with Braised Carrots, Leeks, Artichoke Hearts, Mushrooms)
  • Puccini’s Pistachio Pate du Chocolate

Mary Queen of Scots

April 28, 2017 Cash bar opens at 5:00, dinner begins at 5:30

  • Kilt Salad with Arugula, Baby Kale, Frissee, Radishes, Spring Onion Vinaigrette
  • Herbed Boneless Lamb Loin, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Asparagus
  • Donizetti’s Delight – Baked  Apple Band, Gelato

Sunday brunches for all productions this season are being hosted by our dear friends at Oliver Royale.  Brunch consists of a breakfast buffet-style meal and include non-alcoholic beverages.

Cash bar is available, brunch begins at 12:30  Dinner/Brunch reservations MUST be made either through the link below, or by contacting Marie Butler 865-524-0795 x1, or

Oliver Royale is located on Market Square next door to Tupelo Honey
5 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

Online Pre-Opera Dinner reservations are now closed.  (electronic pre-sales for brunch have closed, but call Marie at number above to see if we still have room!)  You can change the quantity prior to check-out

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