I’m joining on the “What I Ate Wednesday” bandwagon this week after watching for so long!
The Saturday evening before the Venus de Miles ride, I attended the Community Table dinner with Katie & her husband Rich. This was a benefit dinner organized to raise money for the Greenhouse Scholars, the program beneficiary for the Venus ride as well.
As a bit of a foodie, I was stoked for a dinner planned by Stephanie Izard, Top Chef and owner of the Girl & the Goat, a great farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Chicago. The event took place at Elawa Farm.
Chilled Yellow Tomato Soup with Vanilla Bean and Crab Salad: Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad with Stone Fruit & Mozzarella: It was really cool to me that Stephanie Izard presented each of the dishes and where the ingredients came from, and why she selected these dishes for tonight.
The evening ended with some amazing desserts (by which it was too late to phtograph well), and a live appeal for the Greenhouse Scholars program. As this was a fundraising dinner, I should have expected this, but I felt slightly out of place at this point as I was a good bit younger than most of the attendees, and most likely in a lower tax bracket. There were some people donating $1000+ just at the drop of a hat, which I admire and hope to be able to do some day. It was a lovely introduction to what a charity dinner looks like! I can only hope that they are all this fabulous!
The Greenhouse Scholars is an awesome charity that works to provide opportunities, mentorship, and ongoing support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. It’s the type of organization that I’m proud to support as they not only support their students financially in their college education, but also through mentorship, leadership growth opportunities, and community service opportunities. As my Dad taught me, it’s important to give a “hand up, not a hand out.”