1920s-style New Year’s Eve gala to benefit Emergency Foodshelf Network


With the current economy being described as the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, couldn’t we all use a little taste of the Roaring 20s?

This New Year’s Eve, Three Sons Signature Cuisine hopes to party like it’s 1928, when it hosts a black-tie gala with a New Orleans-style jazz theme at the St. Anthony Main Event Centre, 219 SE Main St. (Three Sons owns and operates the event center.)

The theme for the evening is “Moonshine on the Mississippi,” a 1920s-style underground jazz club. Guests are encouraged to dress the part, but the black tie is required.

Attendees may start with a five-course prix fixe dinner — 6–8 p.m., prepared by Three Sons’ Executive Chef Benjamin McCallum — or just come to the gala, which starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

The prix fixe dinner will feature the music of Reception Jazz and the crooning of Randall Throckmorton, who will later join the band Southside Aces at the gala proper.

Each menu course is paired with wine and makes your mouth water just to read: it begins with apple-smoked oysters with a Juve and Camps Brut Cava, then Quail comfit fritter with Villa Sparino Gave de Gavi.

The third course is a salad of roasted beets, aged sharp cheese, organic greens and peppercorn-garlic vinaigrette with Georges Deboef shiraz rosé; followed by watermelon sorbet and white wine-basil gelee with frizante or moscato.

The main course is a choice of beef tenderloin seared in brown butter with Frattoria le Pupille or chimichurri grilled Chilean sea bass with Marlborough sauvignon blanc; and dessert is either chocolate and espresso with Trentadue Chocolate Amore or regional cheeses, honeycomb, almonds and dried fruit with a Penfolds tawny port.

Believe it or not, we’ve shortened these descriptions a bit — you can read the full menu at www.threesonssignature.com.

Starting at 8 p.m., the gala includes a gourmet buffet, as well as a large silent auction and specialty martinis (not moonshine, thankfully, but sponsored by Pravda Vodka) to raise money for the Emergency Foodshelf Network, which will also receive 10 percent of ticket sales for the gala. Professional ballroom dancers will be there to both entertain and instruct.

The gala and dinner are open to the public, but you must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets for the gala are $65 before Dec. 11, $75 after that date, including at the door.

Prix fixe dinner tickets must be purchased ahead of time; they run $125 per person, $175 including admission to the gala afterwards. Visit the Three Sons website (above) or call 612-874-0880 for more information.

On a related note, don’t expect fireworks (literal ones, anyway) on the riverfront at midnight. At press time, city and Park Board officials had not heard that the once-annual tradition would take place this year. They were canceled last year, as well.