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TCH’s Community Social to offer ‘Holiday Favorites’

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Dec 15, 2020

The Community House is taking reservations and orders for a holiday dinner set for this week.

The “Holiday Favorites” Community Social will be held on Dec. 18 starting at 6 p.m. and will feature two starters, two entrees and two side dishes, plus a dessert that is available for an additional fee.

“We wanted to do something a little more elevated for the holidays, but also if you want to do something easily and affordably,” Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson said.

“It’s some of your holiday favorites, but a little more special for the holidays,” she added.

Resident Chef Jarred Harris is planning to serve up French onion soup with gruyere croutons and a spinach, apple, candied pecans and blue cheese salad for the starters. The main entrees will be “carved” prime rib of beef with pop overs and au jus and turkey Wellington with wild mushrooms, cranberry and brie. The side pairings are au gratin sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts and root vegetables.

“Right now we have soups and meals to go and people have been asking for French onion soup,” Jacobson said, adding that it does not travel well however. “So, we put it in for the holidays.”

She noted that Harris has created different versions of the typical Wellington dish before.

“The turkey Wellington is one he’s excited to share with the community. It’s turkey with a twist,” Jacobson said, noting that his prime rib is a favorite. “It’s just a beautiful, fun luxury item to enjoy.”

“And you may think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, but you haven’t tried Jarred’s,” she added.

For an extra $5, chocolate and orange tart is available for the dessert.

“It’s always funny when people don’t order the dessert when they make a reservation,” Jacobson said, further explaining that they then arrive for the monthly social, see the featured dessert and want it.

“It’s guaranteed to not disappoint,” she added.

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

“If they want to dine in, they will eat with their social group. You can eat by yourself, you can eat in a group of four, or up to 10 people,” Jacobson said, noting that the tables are more than 8 feet apart.

With the cooler weather, outdoor seating will be available for the first time at this social.

TCH will again have safety measures in place in light of COVID-19.

“Temperatures will be taken by a staff member at the door. Masks must be worn in all the common areas,” she said, adding that diners are allowed to remove their mask when they sit down to eat.

There will not be the typical open spread of dishes.

“The food will be served behind plexiglass by a staff member wearing a mask and gloves,” Jacobson said, noting that tables will be called up individually to receive their main entrees and side dishes.

“Soup and salad will be at your place setting waiting in individual containers,” she added.

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 take-out option, they will get everything,” Jacobson said of the two starters, two entrees and two sides. “If you’re choosing to eat at home, you won’t lose out on any of the delicious items.”

They also have the option to add the dessert for $5.

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.

“It can be completely contact-less,” Jacobson said.

There is no cap on the number of take-out orders being accepted.

Cost is $25 for members and $30 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.

“Why not let yourself take a night off and be safe, and enjoy something delicious prepared by Chef Jarred and celebrate the holidays in the right way?” she asked.

TCH also recently announced the release of a cookbook, “Local Flavor: Recipes from the Culinary Education Center.” Copies can be purchased when making a reservation or ordering for take-out.

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

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.