Duration: 5 hrs. 4:30 - 9:30pm
Date: 4 May 2019
Location: Location - Rockledge, beneath the Mill Mountain Star.
21 & older
Advance ticket is required, capacity is very limited. Admission/Donation tickets are non-refundable. 21 & Over Only. Gala held rain or shine.
Sat. May 4, 2019, is Roanoke’s most glamorous and delicious annual fundraising event. Our Gala has been named one of the Top Kentucky Derby
Enjoy a champagne welcome plus a wide selection of wine, beer, a limited bar, and Mint Juleps.
Artfully prepared heavy hors-d’oeuvres, action stations, and spectacular desserts!
Live band and lots of dancing.
Lucky Lanes "friendly wagering" fundraiser! Plus the Rockledge Derby game.
Shuttle service from the covered parking garage at the VT School of Medicine.
The Lucky Bar will be creating signature specialty cocktails. Thanks Lucky Restaurant!
The Southwestern Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation is the Gala’s non-profit beneficiary. Through the efforts of the ACF’s member chefs themenu for the 11th Annual Gala will once again be amazing. Plan for a special and fun-filled day at this year’s Gala.
We’re thrilled to welcome Oysters XO to the Gala this year. If you love oysters, you’ll want to be at the Gala this. But even if you’re not an oyster fan, this is fun!
Be sure to Like the Gala’s Facebook page for frequent updates and fun items.
(Times may vary – updates are expected)
4:15 pm Shuttles (presented by Winter’s Storage) begin from VT Medical School parking garage
4:30 pm Champagne Welcome & Hors-d’oeuvres
4:30 pm House Bars open Cocktails & beverage presented by Cross, Lavinder, Quinn & Park Family Dentistry
4:30 pm “Lucky” Bar – Special cocktails presented by King, Shores & Preston CPA’s
4:30 pm Kentucky Derby “Lucky Lanes” opens
4:45-5:45 pm Live music – Uptown presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics
5:00-6:15 pm Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)
5:15 pm Derby Buffet begins
6:00 pm Non-Profit Presentations (outside tent)
6:15 pm Best Derby Attire Awards
6:24 pm Official post time for 145th Kentucky Derby
Immediately after race – drawing for “Lucky Lanes” winners
6:45-7:15 pm Live music – Uptown presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics
7:15 pm Live Auction (outside tent)
7:45-9:00 pm Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)
8:15-9:30 pm Live music – Uptown presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics
10:00 pm Last Shuttle (presented by Winter’s Storage) from Rockledge to the parking garage
Some changes may occur.
There will be a dedicated service area for Gluten-free, vegetarian and other diet restrictions.
Passed Hors d’oeuvres
Mobile raw bar; oysters on the half-shell – provided by Oysters XO
Goat Gouda with Basil Oil in Baby Potato Skins
Dried Cucumbers with Benedictine topped with Pickled Shrimp
Country Ham on Mini Sweet Potato Biscuit
Crab Cake Bites with Horseradish Cream
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Rosemary Sea Salt Rolls
Horseradish Sauce, Whole Grain Mustard and Caramelized Onions
Creamy Southern Pimento Cheese Grits with Slow Smoked Pulled Pork Glazed with Kentucky Bourbon and Peach BBQ Sauce
Soup and Salad Station
Butternut Squash-Mango Soup with Pistachio Gremolato
Run for the Roses Gazpacho
Mint Julep Fruit Salad
French Green Bean Salad
Herbed Potato Salad
Assorted Mixed Greens, Fresh Vegetables and Gourmet Toppings
Dips and Finger Food Station
Spinach-Artichoke Hot Dip, Crab Hot Dip, Beer Cheese, Pimento Cheese, Layered Mediterranean Dip, Benedictine Deviled Egg Variety, Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail, Grilled Vegetables Assorted Cheese torts, Crostini, Pita and Tortilla Chips
Smoked Turkey with Brie and Apple Butter Panini
Open Face Heirloom Tomato Medley
Accompaniments of Micro-greens, Cheese, Bacon, Balsamic Glaze and Lemon Vin
Chocolate Caramel and Sea Salt Tort
Orange Scented Bread Pudding with Vanilla Crème Auglaize
Lemon Panna Cotta with Blackberries and Myer Lemon Marmalade
Party Like a Chef – Group Adventure
One Week stay for 10 at Casa Piazza in Manzanillo, Mexico.
And many more!
Joe Dill, CEC, CCA is Corporate Chef for The Core Group, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute at VWCC. He volunteers for fundraising dinners and appears on WSLS’ Daytime Blueridge.
Darla Mehrken, CEC is a graduate of the Culinary Institute at VWCC and sits on the Chefs Council Committee for Food Service Director Magazine.
James Zeisler CEC CCA CDM CFPP is the Program Head of Culinary Arts at VWCC. Awards include Certified Dietary Manger of the Year and Excellence in Teaching from VWCC.
The ACF Southwestern VA Knowledge Bowl Team is comprised of students from the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at VWCC. The team won this year’s southeast region competition.
This local non-profit organization’s membership are professional chefs, cooks, enthusiasts, students and others engaged in the planning, preparation, service, and supervision of foods and beverages, in commercial kitchens, hospitality, institutional and educational establishments. But this definition doesn’t fully tell their story.
Sure this group is active in raising our local food scene through education, training, and certification. Heck, you’ll find some of their members at the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western on any given day. But it’s when you look deeper you see the value and why they deserve our support. They are constantly giving of their time and talent to so many other non-profit causes and organizations. It might be their members provide an auction item for another non-profit’s fundraiser, or providing meals for US Veterans on Memorial Day or cooking for a fundraiser.
In fact, these chefs were the first group to say “yes, we’ll help” when the Derby Day Gala started 10 years ago. Back then the Gala helped fund another non-profit.
The 2018 Derby Day Gala will be fully supportive of the SW Virginia ACF chapter. This is their primary fundraising event. The funds raised will branch out into the Roanoke community in so many ways.
The ACF has supported these organizations:
Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
March of Dimes
Mill Mountain Zoo
Ronald McDonald House
Virginia Culinary Team USA
Have questions? For instance, where do we park to get the shuttle to the Gala? What’s the menu look like this year? What are this year’s auction items? Or, why didn’t I get tickets in the mail or via email?
Please download these documents for the answer, and more!
You can also call us at (540) 309-1781 or email info@TourRoanoke.com
Parking Location - Derby Shuttle mini-buses will start at 4:15 pm from the covered parking garage at Virginia Tech School of Medicine - 209 Reserve Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24016 – entrance next to SpringHill Suites Hotel.Get Directions
J. Harbeson - Facebook Review
Beautiful location for a great event. We had so much fun!