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TCH’s annual ‘1927 Gala’ to feature dinner and more

By STAFF REPORT / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Jan 12, 2021

The Community House is still accepting reservations for its annual reimagined “1927 Gala.”

Set for Jan. 22, this year’s fundraising event will feature a gourmet five-course dinner prepared by a team of noted island chefs. However, like several community activities planned for last year and now this year, the gala has had to undergo some changes to adjust for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event will be offered as a take-out dinner that can be enjoyed in the comfort and safety of one’s own home with close family or a social group. Thanks to the collaboration of seven chefs and restaurants from both islands, the evening will begin with a dining experience and menu that includes:

– An array of popular small appetizers from Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, The Island Cow and the Stillwell Restaurant Group

– A soup course featuring white gazpacho, a signature dish from Traders Restaurant Executive Chef Mike Patnode

PHOTO PROVIDED Executive Chef Mike Patnode

– A salad course of shrimp and ricotta strudel with arugula salad in lemon thyme sauce, prepared by Chef Loretta Paganini

– TCH Resident Chef Jarred Harris will prepare a main entree of petit veal loin mignon with truffle butter and poached Maine lobster tail, served with sautéed asparagus tips and dauphinoise potatoes, and a vegetarian option of portobello Wellington

– Desert is Mexican chocolate cake with blood orange from Chef Malia Samson, with Malia Island Fusion Cuisine and Spoondrift Island Bowls

– A bottle of white wine and a bottle of red wine tucked into a reusable, keepsake thermal bag.

In addition, the gala will feature a live-streamed component that will be broadcast live from The Community House starting at 6:30 p.m., with music from a local three-piece jazz trio, entertainment and a live auction. The program will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies Victor Mayeron, owner and operator of the Mucky Duck, and auctioneered by former SCA Board Member Tommy Williams.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chef Loretta Paganini

For those who feel safe and would like an in-person experience, a limited number of socially-distanced seats will be available, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be asked to wear their masks.

Kicking off at 7 p.m., the live auction will feature seven not-to-be-missed items. They are: a $2,500 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers for its Sealife by Congress line; a dinner duo for six people to Cielo and Timbers; a “Best Grandparent Ever” package that includes six unique experiences on land and at sea; a dinner party for 10 by Harris; a private tour of the Rauschenberg Estate; Dessert of the Month for a year; and a Captiva Cruises private sunset cruise for up to 30 people with wine, beer and appetizers.

Those unable to attend virtually or in-person may still bid by phone or silent bid.

A new addition to this year’s reimagined event is a raffle featuring approximately 20 packages. There is something for everyone, including babies, pets, breakfast lovers, dinner diners, beach-goers, art fans and those wanting a cozy night at home. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Participants can select which items they hope to win and put their tickets in the related bag or a TCH staffer can take care of it.

Raffle tickets will be pulled on Feb. 5, and the winners will be notified by Feb. 8.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chef Jarred Harris

The 1927 Gala is named in honor of the year The Community House was created as a communal gathering place for island residents, having been constructed with private donations of labor, money and materials from the citizens of Sanibel. As its major annual fundraiser, the gala follows the tradition created by hundreds of dinners, suppers, potlucks, luncheons and breakfasts shared by islanders over the decades. All of the event proceeds are used to help to keep TCH running throughout the year.

TCH officials noted that they are once again so appreciative for the support from the generous community of businesses and individuals. As of last week, the event had 19 sponsors, 11 business contributions to the auction and 20 raffle donations by small businesses, artists and individuals.

Officials explained that because of how hard hit most have been last year and this year due to the pandemic, the kind outpouring of local support means even more to The Community House.

Gala tickets are $160 per person and are tax deductible.

The deadline for reservations is Jan. 15.

PHOTO PROVIDED Chef Malia Samson

The dinners will be packaged for take-out and available for curbside pick on Jan. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel; home delivery available by special request.

To purchase tickets, visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.org or call 230-472-2155. People can also obtain tickets from the office at TCH, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.