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TCH’s Community Social to feature ‘comfort’ food

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 10, 2020

The Community House is planning a comfy meal this week to welcome people back for season.

The “Comfort Food” Community Social will be held on Nov. 12 starting at 6 p.m. and will feature two starters, two main entrees and two side dishes, plus a dessert that is available for an additional fee.

“In November, we know that people are beginning to come back down,” Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson said, adding that the event is a chance to catch up with friends.

The menu was picked to not compete with what people might be serving for the holiday.

“The idea was that everybody needs a little love and a little comfort right now, especially heading into the holiday season,” she said. “So we wanted to serve up a little love from The Community House.”

Resident Chef Jarred Harris will whip up chicken noodle soup and Caesar salad for the starters. The mains are meatloaf with mashed potatoes and chicken and waffles, which are paired with macaroni and cheese and steamed vegetables for sides. For an extra $5, Dutch apple pie is available as the dessert.

“Who doesn’t love a good cup of chicken noddle soup on a fall day?” Jacobson asked.

She noted that the meatloaf and potatoes is gluten-free.

“He hasn’t done chicken and waffles before, so he’ll do that with his own spin,” Jacobson said.

“And everyone knows Jarred’s mac and cheese, and we all miss it at the farmers market, so here’s your chance to get it,” she added, noting that the Dutch apple pie is also another of Harris’ own recipes.

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

“We’re limiting the indoor dining to 50,” Jacobson said.

Like its other recent socials, TCH will have safety measures in place in light of COVID-19.

“Temperatures will be taken at the door. Masks will be required when you’re standing and walking around,” she said, explaining that people can remove their masks when they sit down to eat.

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

There will not be the typical open spread of dishes.

“Tables will be called up one-by-one, so there won’t be any crowding,” Jacobson said. “They will be served by staff — wearing masks and gloves — in a buffet-style from behind a plexiglass shield.”

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.

“For the curbside delivery, you get the same thing of every single item,” she said.

“You can also order dessert,” Jacobson added.

She explained that people will pull around to the side of the facility, where staffers will be waiting with a list of names and number of meals for each order. Again, they will be wearing masks and gloves.

“Their food will be brought to them,” Jacobson said.

There is no cap on the number of pick-up orders being accepted.

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

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

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

“What better way to feed yourself or your family than with a great meal from Chef Jarred, and give yourself a night off from cooking,” she said.

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

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.