On August 21, 2017, we had our very first Stella’s Suppers.
Stella’s Suppers came from Stella Moffat, one of our members and a 50+ year Soroptimist! The idea was to invite seniors who do not get out much and provide them with a lovely dinner and an occasion for them to meet new people and socialize. As our first foray, we invited 36 seniors to our supper with entertainment.
Our club pulled together to make it an enjoyable evening for all. We had 18 tea cups with saucers that our President, Joan Jackson used to create the most beautiful tea cup bouquets for our tables. Flowers for the bouquets were donated from member’s gardens. At the end of the evening, 18 lucky guests got to take the bouquets home. Other members donated silver coffee services as well as table cloths.
We came up with a budget and invited Two Birds Catering and Consulting to provide menu options to fit our budget.
The menu consisted of a lovely Farmstead Garden Salad with Cucumber Dill Vinaigrette to start. The main course was Maple Sage Roasted Chicken Breast, New Potatoes with Carrot & Sage Sauce, Sunflower Seed Pesto Vinaigrette, and Farm Garden Vegetables. We provided a vegetarian option that included Portobello Mushroom in place of the Chicken Breast, For dessert, there was a lovely Spiced Zucchini Cake with Pumpkin Seed Praline & Cream Cheese Semifreddo.
In between courses, our lovely Deb Alcadinho spoke to the seniors about our club, the programs we administer and how Stella’s Suppers came about. Deb introduced Stella and Stella thanked everyone for attending and thanked our club for putting everything in place to make an enjoyable evening for everyone.
After dinner, we had Puss and Boots, a local line dancing group that volunteered to come and entertain our seniors. There was a lot of toe tapping and a few Yee-haws going on (I wasn’t the only one!!)
At the end of the evening, many of the seniors thanked us for a lovely evening, took home some literature about our programs and left with a smile on their faces. Speaking on behalf of the volunteers, we had a fabulous time and look forward to organizing another Stella’s Suppers in the Spring.