Many benefit events are finding it difficult to pack a room at $300 a person these days.
Perhaps it's that Make-A-Wish is an organization near and dear to many hearts--they create miracles for children with life-threatening diseases by fulfilling their "wishes". Having worked at a health organization, I saw how some of our children were able to see a dream come true by meeting their favorite football players and stand on the sidelines during a game, go to Disney World, or visit a dude ranch. The kids so love this experience, it makes the doctor visits, hospital stays and treatments a little easier both the patients and their families.
The event's success may also be because it is a truly unique experience! The Pond House is bringing Colombia's Chef of the Year, Juan Manuel Barrientos (who, incidentally, is only in his mid-20s), to prepare a fifteen course molecular gastronomy course with their resident food guru, Chef Jordan Stein. .
Gastro-molecular cooking or molecular gastronomy explores how ingredients are changed by different "cooking" methods--many of which do not entail using heat, and how all of our senses play a role in how we enjoy food. It truly is a science and an experience like no other, and no doubt that Chef Juan Manuel and Chef Jordan will take attendees of this special fund raising event on quite an adventure.
While the "main event" is sold out, there is a tasting this Friday evening for $50 a person with limited availability. A portion of the proceeds of this event also benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, call the Pond House Cafe at 860.231.8823.