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TCH accepting reservations for ‘Brisket Night’ Community Social

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Aug 25, 2020

The Community House will mark the end of summer and celebrate Labor Day with a great meal.

The “Brisket Night” Community Social will take place on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. and feature two starters, smoked brisket and turkey, and a side dish, plus a holiday dessert available for an additional $5.

Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson explained that the summertime season is coming to a close, and the island facility decided to get one last use out of its smoker before then.

“It’s the last hurrah of the summer,” she said.

“What better time to celebrate the Labor Day weekend,” Jacobson added.

For the menu, Resident Chef Jarred Harris will serve up tomato and sweet onion salad and Yankee potato salad with chives for the starters, along with barbeque brisket and slow-smoked turkey for the main entrees, paired with char-grilled vegetables. For an extra $5, dessert is strawberry short cake.

“He loves to cook brisket and it’s something people enjoy, but he hasn’t prepared it recently,” she said. “It also includes the slow-smoked turkey. It’s a very different taste that is both juicy and delicious.”

“It’s a Labor Day menu,” Jacobson added.

Advance reservations are being taken for up to 50 to dine in.

“Per the city of Sanibel, we are sticking with the 50 people,” she said, noting that a couple of spaces have been reserved. “We already have some reservations, but there are plenty of spaces still left.”

Like its other recent socials, TCH will have safety protocols in place in response to COVID-19.

Diners can book for a group of up to 10 people and will be assigned a table.

“We will take temperatures when people come in,” Jacobson said.

“Our guests need to be wearing masks in the common areas,” she added.

There will not be a typical buffet spread. Tables will be called up by number and staff members, stationed behind plexiglass and donning masks and gloves, will serve up what each attendee wants.

The starters will already be placed on the tables in individual containers.

“We really feel it is important for everyone to feel comfortable coming back to The Community House,” Jacobson said. “But we also want to be smart about welcoming everyone back.”

For those who do not feel comfortable yet dining out but want to enjoy the meal, there is a curbside pick-up option available. To-go boxes can be ordered in advance, then picked up from 5 to 6 p.m.

“We want to let them experience Chef Jarred’s cooking and not feel excluded,” she said.

Jacobson explained that people will pull around to the side of the facility, where staff will be waiting with the list of names and number of meals for each order. Staff will be wearing masks and gloves.

“They’ll put together their bag and bring it out to their car,” she said.

“We just want everyone to feel as safe as possible,” Jacobson added.

There is no cap on reservations for pick-up orders.

“You get both meats and all of the starters and side,” she said.

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

To reserve a table for a group of up to 10, call 239-472-2155.

To make a reservation for pick-up, visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net.

“This is the last culinary event we’ll have for the month of September and The Community House is really trying to keep its doors open,” Jacobson said. “We would love the community’s support.”

For more information, visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 239-472-2155.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.