One of the area’s most popular events returns when Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam hosts “A Taste of The Station in Charleston” from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Clay Center.
This annual food fete brings one of the state’s most exciting restaurants to the capital city for an evening affair in the Clay Center’s Grand Lobby featuring food from its menu, along with cocktails, live music, a raffle of prize packages and more.
This year’s featured restaurant is Fayetteville’s The Station, started by three friends who combined their love for West Virginia and the farm-to-table movement to open a restaurant that not only serves amazing local, seasonal food, but also educates guests at the same time.
And that, they do.
The menu that night will feature a cheese board with fresh fruit, veggies, pickles and nuts; a mixed green salad with Champagne-poached pears, candied hazelnuts and bleu cheese; and pancetta crisps with herbed goat cheese, arugula and fig.
There will also be lobster bisque with basil oil and chives; red-wine-braised short ribs with cream polenta, roasted carrots and onions (my favorite!); and German chocolate cake.
I haven’t dined at The Station yet, so I’m looking particularly forward to this year’s event, which is always a great time. Photos of some of the dishes being served that night have been posted on the event’s Facebook page and they are absolutely drool-worthy.
Tickets are $100 each (two for $175) and may be purchased from that same Facebook page. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam.
Just a few days later, the Lighthouse Academy of Learning will host a wine and cheese reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Wine Shop at Capitol Market to raise money for the private, nonprofit middle/high school, which offers an alternative education for students who aren’t thriving in a traditional school setting.Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at either The Wine Shop (304-343-9463) or the Lighthouse of Learning Academy (304-389-8025).
Finally, just two weeks after that, I’ll be getting the most epic of all sugar fixes when I serve as a celebrity judge at not one — but two — dessert competitions.On the same day.
On the afternoon of March 12, I’ll be at the Marriott Town Center helping choose the best desserts baked by teams at this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Competition, hosted by the local Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.
Then a few hours later that evening, I’ll be a celebrity judge at this year’s Sweet Charity dessert competition at the Columbia Pipeline Group Auditorium at 1700 MacCorkle Ave., in Kanawha City.
Now in its fifth year, this annual event pits area bakers and chefs against one another in a friendly competition to see who has the best dessert in the area. My fellow judges and I will pick a winner based on presentation, creativity and taste — and the public also gets to vote on a People’s Choice favorite.
Guests can sample desserts to their heart’s content throughout the evening, while enjoying live music by Steve Himes, a coffee bar, emcee Adam Harris of Mountain Stage, and more festivities.
The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30.
Tax-deductible tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Oddbird Gift Emporium, 247 Capitol St., or by visiting www.faithinactiongkv.com.
Proceeds from the event benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, a volunteer organization that strives to help seniors maintain their independence and stay in their own homes as long as possible by providing assistance with transportation, minor household maintenance and more.