Over 600 guests attended the Saint Martin University Gala to see Chef Carla Hall, former co-host of ABC’s Emmy-award-winning show “The Chew” and competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”, and emcee RC Smith.
The evening’s menu included soul-food inspired dishes selected by Carla Hall with bold flavors and colors intended to delight the senses. The menu included smashed beet with pistachio oil and chevre, pimento cheese with a buttermilk biscuit cracker, gluten-free cornbread, black-eyed pea salad with smoked ham and hot sauce vinaigrette, mixed bitter greens with smoked steelhead trout, sea island shrimp and grits, slow braised pork short ribs with pickled red onion smashed potatoes, and, for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly cream and coffee from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. The savory courses were paired with specialty wines from Gala wine sponsors Maryhill Winery and Eola Hills Wine Cellars and beer from Gala beer sponsor Top Run Brewing.
The event raised $1.4 million with $645,000 going to the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds.