Throughout the year, we participate in many donations, from Tricky Trays to Taste of Talent! We just wanted to share with you a few of the places we’ve donated to this year and reflect on the exciting and busy year we’ve had!
This year, we had the opportunity to participate in four large events featuring many local restaurants, and we were a drop-off location for Toys for Tots! As a small business in a small town, we’re excited to be involved with the community in different ways.
Taste of Talent:
We love working with so many restaurants in Sussex County to support Project Self Sufficiency. Cafe Pierrot has been part of this event for over 20 years, and we always enjoy seeing our customers in a new setting and supporting a great cause.
“The mission of Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County is to support and empower low-income individuals and families to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their children through comprehensive family stability and personal and economic self-sufficiency services.”
We created these yummy Korean BBQ in lettuce leaf wraps with various toppings, and the table was decorated with lilac’s from Laura’s garden!
We’ve had a busy few weeks with two of our favorite events: The Taste of Talent at Perona Farms on May 1, followed by An Evening of Wine & Roses at Centenary University on May 18.
We love putting together new menus of finger foods for these two special events.
Taste of Talent
The Taste of Talent is a fundraiser supporting Project Self-Sufficiency. Many local restaurants participate, and residents attend to find out about new places to eat in town and learn about the organization.
“Since we’ve been participating in this event for over 20 years, we’ve really seen Project Self-Sufficiency grow in it’s ability to help the community,” says Catering Director Laura. “I remember when their building project was just a plan.”
This year we served our Korean BBQ in a lettuce leaf wrap with various banchan (small sides) for toppings, including carrot and daikon, and radish and cucumbers!
We served two different types of desserts: mini chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and raspberry chambord pipettes, and chocolate mousse cups.
Laura brought fresh lilacs from her garden to decorate the table. Not pictured: two beautiful display wedding cakes!
An Evening of Wine and Roses
Wine and Roses is another fun fundraising event around this time every year. The event takes place at Centenary University and benefits the Newton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center.
“This is one of the largest wine tastings in New Jersey, and it’s really fun to meet up with our fellow restaurateurs,” Laura says. “Most of the time we don’t get to see each other, because we’re all so busy in our own kitchens!”
We had a little more room to spread out on our table for this event, so that meant lots of cakes and desserts to display!
Chocolate mousse cups are a favorite at these events because they’re gluten free, and pretty hard to resist!
Since it’s a wine event, we served the mini chocolate cupcakes with pipettes again, but this time with a merlot wine in the pipettes.
Of course, we displayed our latest favorite wedding cakes. Maroon, blush, and gold has been a top color scheme for weddings, and we’re not complaining!
Hope to see you there….
We’re at these events every year, so maybe we’ll see you next year!
Each year, Café Pierrot has the opportunity to be part of the Wine and Roses fundraiser for the Newton Medical Center. Many local businesses donate food, wine, and raffle prizes, and we were there with our mini cupcakes and desserts. 27 other local businesses were represented at the event.
Because of the culinary fine dining theme, the Newton Medical Center invites culinary celebrities to support them. This year, Tony Tantillo, The Fresh Grocer of CBS, and Chef Michael Colameco were present. During the VIP hour, Chef Colameco signed copies of his recent book, The Food Lover’s Guide to New York City.
In 2010, Newton Medical Center raised over $100,000 toward the renovation of the maternity department. The Medical Center stated that this event shows the incredible community support for the local hospital. Supporters of the hospital and participants in the event hope to raise even more funds for the 2012 Capital Campaign.
The best part of the event was supporting a great cause and hearing how much our loyal customers enjoy our cupcakes. This is one of our favorite events and we look forward to participating next year!