BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Riverfront Business District is literally taking it’s Sensational Chefs fundraiser to a new level.
The annual fundraiser the helps promote activities in the downtown district will be held this year in the newly remodeled top-floor luxury apartment in the Kingsley Inn, 707 Avenue H in Fort Madison.
Tickets are still available for the event this Saturday night at $60 per person. Lost Duck Brewing company is the premiere sponsor with Lost Duck chef Sean Crank pitching a Tuscan feast for attendees.
RBD member David Taylor said the district is putting a new twist on the event.
“If you buy a ticket, pack a bag,” he said. “This year we’re going to draw a ticket during dessert and one couple will be picked to stay in the 1,700 square foot apartment overnight. Then 10th Street Station will bring over breakfast in the morning.”
The evening will kick off with a social hour downstairs at The Kinglsey where Chris Swed will be playing piano during a social hour.
Crank’s menu plans include an Italian spin with with an appetizer course beginning at 6 p.m. featuring bruscetta/priscutto melon and spinach dip wrapped in filo.
A salad course is next with a mixed greens and artichoke hearts with kalamata olives tosed with a Tuscan vinaigrette and topped with fried goat cheese
Crank will then bring his training from the Culinary Institute of New York to bear on “Steak Tuscay” with twin filet medallions on truffled toast points with fire roasted mushrooms and a wild mushroom risotto and fresh sauteed vegetables.
Tickets can be obtained at the Fort Madison Partner’s office at 614 9th Street between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by calling the office at 319-372-5471.
Swed will also be providing coffee service during the dinner. Fareway Grocery will be providing wine pairings for the evenings events.
Table decorations are being provided by downtown businesses Under the Sun, Dana Bushong, and Junk-to-Gems, and settings will be from Burlington’s Hopefully Yours.
District board members will be milling about talking with guests, clearing tables and bringing food.
Chris Swed will be providing coffee service during dinner and dessert and playing piano during cocktail hour in the lobby.
Fort Madison’s Brian Wright will be the bartender for the night.