2017 Halloween Blue Jean Ball recap
October 24, 2017
Mike Hines and The Look had the future warehouse at 222 Lake Drive rocking on Saturday night for our 12th annual Blue Jean Ball, presented by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant! The warehouse was decked out for Halloween, and guests spent the evening enjoying fine foods and beers from Iron Hill Brewery, wine donated by Breakthru Beverage and dancing!
A team of chefs from Iron Hill worked alongside students from The Culinary School to prepare for the night’s menu. Guests enjoyed a seasonal small plate menu that included vegetable risotto, Dijon marinated pork loin with stewed cannellini beans with bratwurst and sweet onions, fried Brussel sprouts with bacon and apple cider vinaigrette and pork jus lie, shrimp, chicken and andouille jambalaya, and garlic and herb-roasted beef tenderloin with cauliflower and potato gratin and mushroom-tarragon sauce. An ice cream sundae bar featuring ice cream from the UDairy Creamery topped off the meal.
A sea of glow sticks and flashing sticks filled the dance floor as Mike Hines and The Look performed both today’s top hits and classic party tunes! The festive, casual event featured guests dressed in both costume and blue jeans.
The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role the Food Bank plays in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty. By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant and students from The Culinary School, the Food Bank of Delaware is able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to the organization’s hunger-relief efforts. We are still tabulating this year’s event, but we are certain that we will be close to putting 90 percent of event proceeds back into our hunger-relief programs!
These critical programs provide food assistance to people in need throughout the state.
Just last year through our programming, we provided more than 211,000 meals to children in after-school and summer nutrition programs, distributed 155,681 bags full of weekend and holiday meals to 5,200 at-risk children through our Backpack Program, ensured that 2.17 million pounds of fresh produce got into the hands of struggling families and distributed 669,460 pounds to 6,073 households through our Mobile Pantry program. Our Culinary School continues to impact lives by preparing adults for entry level positions within Delaware’s food service industry.
Click here to view photos from the big night!
Special thank you to our sponsors for making the night possible!
Presenting Sponsor: Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
Gold Sponsors: Capital One, Chase, Delmarva Power, ENT & Allergy of Delaware, NEIL and TD Bank
Silver Sponsors: Acme, Chesapeake Utilities, First State Orthopaedics, Giant, Porter Auto Group and ShopRite
Bronze Sponsors: Anaconda Protective Concepts, Associates International, Brae’s Brown Bags, Delaware City Refining Company, Morris James, Out & About, RKD Alpha Dog and Whiting Turner