A dessert lovers dream, Charlotte pastry chefs unite for ‘Sugar Shock’ benefiting Project 658

By Amber Donoghue 

May 11, 2016

What if I told you there was a guilt-free, karma-rich way to have dessert for dinner? Mark your calendar for Monday the 16th at 6:30pm. A decadent last-course event, Sugar Shock will benefit Project 658, a local refugee facility that teaches, feeds and connects people who have been displaced from their homes. Committed to serving families in need here in Charlotte and around the world in ways that that are practical, sustainable and burden lifting Project 658 will look to feed 150 people each day this summer at their open house luncheon. The old grocery store turned church, school, medical facility and event space is located 3646 Central Ave.

Jossie Perlmutter, owner of Sweet Affairs and head pastry chef at The Asbury via qcexclusive.com

Jossie Perlmutter, owner of Sweet Affairs and head pastry chef at The Asbury, teaches at Project 658 in her free time. Teaching men and women who may speak little to no English basic kitchen skills and baking techniques that they will use in kitchens around Charlotte. “I work with two grads from the program at The Asbury,” says Perlmutter. Along with educating students in the culinary arts they also learn English and basic living skills while at Project 658.

And so Sugar Shock is born. Perlmutter asked her friends Miranda Brown (300 East), Alyssa Gorelick (Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen), Samantha Ward (The Fig Tree), Sam Dotse (Halcyone) and Jason Lemon (Global) to join her in helping raise funds and awareness to the program at Project 658. These A-list pastry chefs will prepare hors d’oeuvres followed by a sinfully delicious lineup of six courses paired with cocktails made by the chefs themselves.

It costs about $2000 to send a student through the Project 658 program as well as provide 800 outreach meals to feed other refugees. It’s Perlmutter’s goal to raise enough money to put one person through in the upcoming semester. With a little help from her talented friends she’s hoping to make that goal a reality. Also throwing in support is Topo Spirits, Pure Intentions Coffee, and Jamie Swofford’s Old North Soda.

Courtesy of Sweet Affairs

Truly a community effort, it’s clear that these participants are looking to foster the future of the culinary movement here in Charlotte. With your ticket purchase these talented, community-minded people are looking to make a difference. The great thing about the cost? It all goes to Project 658. With the generous donations of time and ingredients, nearly every dollar will go to the tuition of the 12-week program. There is a 90% placement rate for the graduates from Project 658’s kitchen program. Not only is that great for these displaced families but for the kitchens in our cities who desperately need back-of-house staff.

Experiencing the different techniques, textures and tastes will create a new way to look at the collaborative meal. “I think this is a unique event because there are a lot of dinners here in Charlotte where only one pastry chef can show their work. Here you are getting to experience five chefs who will have their dishes side by side,” says Perlmutter.

Tickets are $65 and include the incredible menu below.

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Sam Dotse, Halcyon
Sweet Pea and Caramelized Onion Arrancini, Roasted Tomato Aoli
Albondigas, Mojo Rojo, Chicken Liver Pate, Brioche, Fig Relish

Jason Lemon, Global
Ashe County Cheddar Gourgeres with Lusty Monk Mustard & Fines Herbs

Samantha Ward, The Fig Tree
Blue Crab Beignet, Keylime & Cilantro Remoulade, Pickled Serrano Pepper, Herb Scented Sea Salt

Alyssa Gorelick, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
White Gazpacho with Shrimp Ceviche

Dessert Tasting

Miranda Brown, 300 East
Fromage Blanc, Strawberry, Rhubarb

Jossie Perlmutter, Sweet Affairs & The Asbury
Hazelnut, Mango, & Chocolate Torte, Chocolate Fueilletine Crisp, Mango Gel

Alyssa Gorelick, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Blue Mountain Blue Cheese, Walnut Cake, Rhubarb and Rosé Sabayon, Celery and Beet Gel

Samantha Ward, The Fig Tree
Chevre & Roasted Grape Custard, Chili Infused Honey, Toasted Sesame Florentine, Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Custard

Jason Lemon, Global
Pure Intentions Coffee Inspired Mignardises

Collaborative surprise dessert by Jossie Perlmutter and Miranda Brown*

Sugar Shock benefiting Project658
Monday, May 16th
The 658 Center, 3646 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
7:00 – 9:00 (Light appetizers served from 6:30 – 7:00)
Tickets are $65.00.

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