Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Staff Tony\u2019s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis, Carmel Travel Company and Carmel Monthly are proud to sponsor the second private dinner and wine-pairing event to benefit the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation (CCPLF). This past June, the first event of this quarterly series was an immediate sellout and astounding success for CCPLF. Owner Tony Ricci and his remarkable staff at Tony\u2019s wowed the attendees, comprised of CCPLF board members and other supporters of CCPLF and the library in general. The proceeds of these specific tasting events are going to CCPL Foundation, which in turn will be used to support the Carmel Clay Public Library\u2019s digest of expansive programs for library members of all ages. \u201cAnnually, the Children's Department at the library has about 1,500 free programs and over 2,200 free programs in total for the community,\u201d Elizabeth Hamilton, CCPL Foundation director, said. \u201cYes, people's tax dollars support the library, keep the lights on, pay the salaries and buy the collection, but there is no way that a library our size could afford that many free programs on tax dollars alone. We would either have to cut back the number of programs or find a way to charge for those programs, and Tony\u2019s, Carmel Travel Company and Carmel Monthly are allowing us not to have to do that by being community partners. Just over 86,000 people attended our free programs last year, and events like these\u2014put on by corporate partners\u2014allow us to continue to offer these programs.\u201d CCPLF Board President Teneen Dobbs attended the first tasting event at Tony\u2019s and offered her thoughts on the experience. \u201cI would like to commend Tony's Steakhouse excellent staff for a wonderful evening of excellent food and wine pairings,\u201d Dobbs said. \u201cEach course was presented beautifully and described with such expertise. Our table's conversation was lively, and all loved the wine choice (Caymus) presented with each course. I can't wait for my next visit to Tony's Steakhouse.\u201d Also in attendance that evening was CCPLF board member David Temple. \u201cAs we had never been to Tony\u2019s Steakhouse but had heard good things about it, we jumped at the chance to attend this special evening in support of the Carmel Clay Public Foundation,\u201d Temple expressed. \u201cWe were blown away by the food, its artistic presentation, the pairings of wine, and the friendly and educational staff and chef! While we had never met some of our tablemates before, we thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet each other over an excellent meal and made it a night to remember. We will definitely be going back to Tony\u2019s Steakhouse and telling our friends to visit Tony\u2019s. A big thank-you to Tony, Mike and the rest of the staff for supporting the foundation and giving us a delightful and memorable evening.\u201d The Visionary Behind the Delectable Menu The man behind the imaginative and mind-blowing menus is Tony\u2019s Corporate Chef de Cuisine Ryan Montgomery. Montgomery left his position as executive chef at Marriott Hotels four years ago to work with Ricci and his team of extraordinary professionals. He attributes the culture of trust and respect at Tony\u2019s to the success of the restaurant and the growth of its employees. \u201cYou have to have the culture behind you because if you don't have that and the respect for food, the respect for people and the respect for your environment, then you really can't do it successfully. As Tony says, \u2018It\u2019s an old-school culture with a modern attitude.\u2019\u201d Montgomery\u2019s passion for the culinary arts began with a passion and talent as an artist and painter. His artistic expression is what makes every meal plated and served at Tony\u2019s a true work of art, both for the eyes and the palate. He creates the menus for specialty dinners such as these based on who he\u2019s cooking for and what wines will be paired with the meal. When asked where he developed his passion for food and creating incomparable meals that are some of the finest examples of culinary art, the artist in Montgomery said, \u201cOne can't teach passion, only inspire it. Food is truly an amazing medium, a brightly colored oil paint with the uncanny ability to turn the pain into the past and the present a dream one dares to never forget.\u201d Be sure to join us at Tony\u2019s Steakhouse and Seafood of Indianapolis for the next tasting event benefitting CCPLF on September 16. This event will sell out, so register soon. To request more information and\/or to reserve your seats for the next Tasting at Tony\u2019s of Indianapolis Benefiting the CCPL Foundation on September 16, 2019, please email Elizabeth Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $175 per person and include a themed dinner and selected wine pairings in one of Tony\u2019s private dining rooms.