In the backyard of a private residence, we gathered to help support a special funding event for the International Rescue Committee. The IRC does incredible work for refugees seeking shelter all around the world. They help people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives and we were so grateful to feed guests for this event.
Prior to the event, Chef Matt met with the event hosts to plan a special Afghan-inspired menu to serve to guests throughout the evening and set up an outdoor grill so we could cook this meal over an open fire. As guests arrived, they were offered specialty cocktails and a few small bite appetizers.
Specialty cocktails for the evening :: Afghan Bee Keeper, Kishmish Ab Mezcal Negroni
In the next phase of the evening, the wine flowed, and salads were plated. Guests took their seats, and our hosts took the stage, highlighting the special and important work of IRC.
Also at each table were various bowls of chatni and naan, ready to be eaten as the entrees were brought from the kitchen. We served these special entrees family style, with plates of kebabs and farmer’s market sides being passed around a few long tables, adorned with a recyclable centerpiece that we decided to take on – a service you’ll be hearing more about in the very near future.
In between courses, guests listened to stories from refugees who have been helped through the work and support of the IRC. It was an extraordinary night to hear these harrowing stories and to learn more about all the work that is still needing to be done all over the world.
We ended the night with dessert served family style while guests listened to a fireside chat hosted by MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff. Their book, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, can be purchased from your local bookseller.
It was a lovely and important night, and we were honored to support the incredible work of the International Rescue Committee. If you would like to learn more about the work of the IRC or make a donation you can visit them here.