Former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib will return to Southwest Virginia later this month to cook at The Chef’s Table, a fundraising dinner for the Summer Feeding & Reading program and the YMCA’s Physical Education program at Forest Park Academy.
This month’s fundraising dinner will take place May 18 at McVitty Manor in Salem and will feature four courses inspired by some of the favorite dishes of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Scheib served as White House Chef during both presidents’ terms. He will be assisted behind the scenes by local chefs and students from the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western.
Here is the menu:
- Crab, Corn and Yukon Gold Potato Chowder
- Pepper Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Green Chile and Hominy Casserole
- Roasted Beets and Organic Greens with Herbed Feta Cheese
- Espresso “Jolt” & Double Chocolate Ice Creams with Banana Compote
During the dinner, Scheib will also entertain guests with tales of his time in the White House kitchen. Scheib now has his own company, The American Chef, through which he tours the country and does dinners like this.
Tickets to the event are $250 per person or $2,000 for corporate sponsorships that include a table for eight. It’s a steep price, but given Scheib’s talents and the impact of the YMCA programs in our community, I’m sure it will be a fantastic dinner for a worthy cause.
Before Scheib came in 2011, he shared a couple of recipes with me, which I’ll pass along to you guys in case you missed them. Click the links to see these recipes: