Cooks Tour to Benefit Patients at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

By Susan Van Dusen

The tour of homes is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. April 15 in the Chenal Downs neighborhood. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, call (501) 686-8286 or visit

The event will feature tours of the homes of Steve and Kim Carleson, John and Timothy Olaimey, and Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., and Rob Tillman. In each home, executive chefs will lend their talents by preparing their signature dishes for tour participants to enjoy. Participating chefs include Mark Abernathy from Loca Luna and Red Door restaurants, John Beachboard and Scott McGehee from ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co. and Big Orange restaurants, and Dan Capello from Chenal Country Club.

Chenal Properties, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the event, and Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas, beverage sponsor, will provide the wine.

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary Cooks Tour was founded 21 years ago with a two-fold purpose: to raise funds for projects that benefit cancer patients in Arkansas and to increase public awareness of the resources available at the Cancer Institute. 
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or