“Dinner with the Bone Doctor” sold out ten days prior to Monday night’s event. It was the second time that forensic fans filled Echo Bistro & Wine Bar in Bearden to hear Dr. Bill Bass speak while they ate. The first such event was last July. A third dinner at Echo is scheduled for August 8, 2011. Hors d’oeuvres, soup and salad preceded the main course of sea bass, veal ragù and a fried scallop with beets and asparagus. Dessert consisted of chocolate mousse, raspberry sorbet, whipped cream and a finger cookie with an almond sliver fingernail.
Proceeds from the dinner benefited the Dr. William M. Bass III Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee. The target date for the building’s completion is early July. The Bone Zones team does a great job in organizing events for Dr. Bass. They sell books and collect additional donations for the building fund. As in the past, they used artificial hips and knees as paperweights and business-card holders. Jennifer Alexander and I served as emcees for the evening.
Dr. Bass talked about determining the age and sex of a victim based on their skeletal remains. He compared jawbones of two children to an adult to illustrate the difference in their teeth. He also compared a baby femur to an adult femur. The most interesting bone belonged to an 18th century Native American from Montana. Dr. Bass theorized that the man’s leg was broken when he was kicked by a horse. He survived the injury but his femur healed badly. As the evening ended, Chef Seth Simmerman and his wife Lisa announced that they were donating their cremains to the Body Farm.