Community Music School Spring Benefit with Ashley Christensen

Join us for a very special evening with Raleigh’s James Beard Award-winning Chef Ashley Christensen at Bridge Club on May 9 from 6:00-8:00pm.

The evening will begin with a wine reception and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a meet and greet with Chef Christensen. Community Music School’s Jazz Ensemble will perform throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the evening will provide private and ensemble music lessons for children who would not otherwise be able to afford them. Community Music School has been changing lives through music for 23 years.


About Chef Ashley Christensen

Since making Raleigh her home, Ashley Christensen has sought to foster community through food, philanthropy and the stimulation of the city’s downtown neighborhood. After working in some of the Triangle’s top kitchens, Ashley opened Poole’s Diner in 2007, which takes its name and décor from the building’s original tenant—one of downtown Raleigh’s first restaurants.

Ashley’s AC Restaurants has since opened five new ventures: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey is an ode to fried chicken and classic Southern sides; Chuck’s offers burgers and frites with signature updates; Fox Liquor Bar features a menu of more than 50 craft cocktails, as well as beer, wine and bar snacks; Death & Taxes celebrates wood-fire cooking with Southern ingredients; and Bridge Club, a private events loft and cooking classroom.

In 2014, Ashley was awarded the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Her first cookbook, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner, was released by Ten Speed Press in September 2016.


Make your reservations to the Spring Benefit using the button below, or by calling (919) 832-0900.

Bridge Club, 105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh
Tuesday, May 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Business casual. Space is limited.

Make Your Reservation

Sponsor – $500
As a Sponsor, you are the Host-in-Chief! (We’ll do all the work, you just enjoy yourself.) Includes reservations for four, valet parking and two signed copies of Ashley’s cookbook, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner.

Host – $325
Enjoy all the fun of hosting a fabulous party, with none of the stress. Includes reservations for two, valet parking and one signed copy of Ashley’s cookbook, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner.

General Admission – $100 per person

Sponsors and Hosts

Honorary Chair, Chef Ashley Christensen


Elizabeth and David Beam
Lynne and Walter Brock
Dianne and Vartan Davidian
Rose Kenyon
McLaurin Parking
Steve Sheriff
Lisa and Tom Williamson


Carol and Bob Bilbro
Sally and Jim Cameron
Ray Carroll
Kelly and Wayne Cobb
Robert and Linda Grew
Bill Hamlin
Edna Hensey
Bonner and Hal Jones
Martha Keravuori
Cindy and Jim McEnery
Helen Miller
Barbara and Bill Pinna
Gwen and Leroy Reynolds
Tom and June Roberg
Margie and Rocky Springer
Vivian and Carl Tyer
Chris and Charlie Wagner