11. May 2012 08:17
“Change Lives and Enrich Communities, Through Education.” That is the vision of the Moraine Park Foundation, and, thanks to the support of the more than 100 guests and sponsors at the annual Moraine Park Foundation Gourmet Dinner, the Foundation will be able to grow their vision.
Raising more than $23,000, this year’s event highlighted Moraine Park’s Centennial Celebration featuring an amazing spread of unique and flavorful dishes popular throughout the past 100 years.
“Celebrity chefs” were invited to work alongside the Moraine Park faculty and students in the kitchen. The special guest chefs included Liz Clark, a West Bend businesswoman; Steve Little, chief executive officer at Agnesian HealthCare; Tom Meisenheimer, owner of Meisey’s Marketing Consultants; and Adam Stone, vice president of Business Development at National Exchange Bank & Trust in Fond du Lac.
“It was an incredible evening featuring our very talented Culinary Arts faculty and students, who prepared a one-of-a-kind meal for our guests,” said Kelly Norton, Moraine Park Foundation director. “We are incredibly thankful to all the supporters and sponsors who came out to the event, helping us to raise dollars in support of the Foundation’s annual fund. Events like this help to ensure that we continually address the financial barriers our students face as they work towards achieving academic success at Moraine Park.”
Appetizers, wine tasting and entertainment kicked off the evening, with dinner following. The menu included shrimp cocktail with 1000 Island mousse and garlic crostini, vichyssoise (thick, potato-based soup) with hot fried carrot and leek garni, Caesar salad in phyllo nest with cool raspberry and papaya, Beef Wellington continental charcoal seared with organic spring vegetables and horseradish relish, and an assortment of desserts from then and now.
This year’s lead sponsors included presenting sponsor, National Exchange Bank in addition to Culver’s, Society Insurance and Brakebush Brothers. For more information on the Moraine Park Foundation, visit morainepark.edu/foundation.