With Halloween over, the Holiday season is upon us – which means we’ve officially entered the most wonderful time of the year. The only downside to making time for out-of-town family and friends, is that it’s incredibly easy to miss a noteworthy event or two.
Luckily for foodies, there are plenty of opportunities to give back. Keep your eye on the upcoming Next Course event benefiting Youth Home this Thursday, Nov. 3, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library starting at 6 p.m.
The evening consists of a five-course meal highlighting both amateur and practiced foodies. Each course is expertly paired and served with wine – plus – guests also receive the night’s recipes to recreate their favorite dishes at home, all while giving back to Youth Home.
It’s a win-win – one you can’t miss.
Founded in 1966, Youth Home is a private, non-profit mental health provider specifically serving children and adolescents. Proceeds from this event will furnish therapeutic comfort rooms for the teens in Youth Home’s Residential Treatment Program. These specially designed spaces are tools for teaching self-calming skills through visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile stimuli.
The hosts include a few familiar faces in the culinary scene:
– Gilbert Alaquinez – Executive Chef, The Clinton Presidential Library
– Shane Henderson CEC – Executive Chef, Ben E. Keith
– Jamie McAfee CEC – Executive Chef, The Pine Bluff Country Club
– Jordan Williams – Sous Chef, The Clinton Presidential Library
– Kelli Marks – Executive Pastry Chef, Sweet Love Catering
The menu is also mouthwateringly varied.
First Course by Chef Shane: Chicken Fried Oyster with Green Apple Mignonette
Second Course by Chef Jordan: Confit Quail with Brie, Arugula, and Beetberry Jam
Third Course by Chef Jamie: Grilled Marinated Duck Breast
Fourth Course by Chef Gilbert: Sunday Pot Roast “Southern Style”
Fifth Course by Chef Kelli: Black Forest “Cake” Southern Style
Next Course, while offering amazing food, offers something a little different. Chef Kelli Marks explains, “I do a lot of event involving food, but this one is unique in that you’re basically getting cooking lessons from five different chefs, plus a wonderful meal. The whole thing is amazing – I love the atmosphere of the Clinton Center plus the food is so good (I’ve tasted it all), and in addition to helping others, you’re going to leave with some great cooking tips to wow your friends.”
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner to follow. Tickets are $125 and seating is limited. Reserve your tickets here.