Last night was the Kihei Lutheran Church annual youth dinner & silent auction fundraiser. If memory serves me right, we started this fundraiser about 13 years ago. We use it to raise money for the youth group so they can go on mission trips. This year they are going to the Western States Youth Gathering. I have a love-hate relationship with this dinner. Every year I dread it… and when it’s over we all talk about how wonderful it has been! This year we had a decent turn out. Our ticket sales were around 60 people. We have had years of over 100 tickets sold. The dinner is a three course plated meal that is served by the youth of the church. The sanctuary is set up as a dining room with one side dedicated to auction items. In an effort to make as much money as possible we try to keep the food cost low. Which means we usually cook some kind of pork entree. It is the cheapest meat we can find, and it just happens to be delicious. I’m lucky that my husband took some pictures for me. And yes, I’m skipping church this morning and sleeping in.
This years menu:
Passed appetizers of mini cheese bread bites topped with a blackberry chipotle sauce, and skewered bites of beef tenderloin.
Shrimp Cocktail (Berry cocktail for those allergic to shrimp)
Baby spinach salad with candied nuts, feta cheese, dried cherries, and a pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette
Pork loin stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots, and, I don’t know what to call the sauce yet but it was made with the drippings from the pork loin roasts and a lot of red wine. It was delicious.
Sliced baguette with our homemade super delicious herb butter.
Dessert was made by one of our youth. An amazing young woman named Mikhaela who is a senior in high school. This year she made red velvet cupcakes with a dark chocolate heart. They turned out beautiful.