Last week, we kicked off the holiday season with CCG supporters and friends at December Supperclub. Chef Brent’s specially crafted menu included quail, duck, and buffalo wild game that evoke thoughts of cold snowy nights and crackling fires, surrounded by friends and family enjoying a warm, home cooked meal. The topper of the dinner was dessert- Chef Brent created an assortment of European styled bread puddings including coconut chocolate almond, sticky toffee, and lemon delicious.
The night began with a wine hour, when guests could mingle and chat. The delicious wines of Telaya Wine Co. set the stage for a fun evening and paired nicely with the menu. Musician Belinda Bowler provided wonderful music that added a special touch to the holiday gathering atmosphere. Guests then made their way to the dining area which is really the Job Training program facility in disguise- training tables were moved to provide an intimate dining area. Tables adorned with beautiful Christmas greens, bright white mums, and colorful pop of red tulips, brought holiday cheer to the dinner.
We see Supperclubs not only as an opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of the kitchen staff and Chef Brent, but also as a way to introduce our mission to members of the community. Kelly Parker and Board Member, Theresa McLeod, took the guests through the story of CCG and our impact in the community. Kelly introduced Haji, a CCG trainee, to the group and together, they shared his story. Haji found himself in America as a Somali refugee. He found opportunity in his new surroundings as an entrepreneur and set off to fulfill his goal of opening his very own restaurant in the US. He realized that he needs experience working in an American kitchen so with the guidance of the META program, he found his way to CCG. Haji has completed the Level 1 Foodservice Job Training program and is scheduled to continue training in the Level 2 program in the New Year. We are excited to aid Haji in his journey and look forward to seeing him reach major milestones in his life including economic independency.
Proceeds from Supperclub events go to support trainees like Haji through the Job Training programs. Thank you to everyone who helped make December Supperclub a fantastic evening that we will not forget!