Windsor Announces the Success of its Jazz Supper with Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson
The private residential sporting club community, Windsor, held its highly anticipated Jazz Supper with celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the acclaimed, award-winning chef, author, philanthropist, restaurateur, television personality and food activist, on February 28. The event included a sit-down dinner, live jazz music, personal remarks by Chef Samuelsson and a book signing.
Following the event, Chef Samuelsson remarked, “Hosting a Red Rooster-inspired dinner at Windsor was a lot of fun – the dining room was beautifully decorated, musician Daniel Fuqua played some amazing jazz music, and the staff at Windsor was great to work with. I loved seeing the guests having a good time and enjoying the food.”
Windsor’s Executive Chef Justin Schreiber, along with Windsor’s Culinary team, collaborated with Chef James Bowen, Director of Culinary Services for the Marcus Samuelsson Group, for two days prior to the event in preparation on-site at Windsor. The day of the Jazz Supper, Chef Samuelsson joined the team to create his exceptional menu.
The celebrated fête kicked off at Windsor’s Beach Club Salon and Bar with passed canapés including Deviled Eggs, a Seafood Fritter with Old Bay Aioli, Chilled Tomato Soup and Red Rooster’s signature cocktail, “Yes, Chef.” Following cocktail hour, 120 Members were seated in Windsor’s oceanfront dining room and veranda.
Members were presented with an array of dishes from Chef Samuelsson’s first restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem. Offerings for the table included Cornbread with Honey Butter, the first course was a Berbere Cured Salmon, for the second course Members were served a fresh Grilled Radicchio Salad and for the main course there was an option to choose from Chef Samuelsson’s famous Fried Yard Bird Tower with sparklers to add a festive element to the occasion or a Roasted Cauliflower Steak for a vegetarian option. Sides included “BBQ Black Eyed Peas and Killer Collard Greens,” Roasted Sweet Potato with a Peanut Sauce and “Mac n’ Greens.” Red Rooster’s beloved “Rooster Donuts” with whipped mascarpone and pecan ice cream were served for the signature dessert. In line with the evening, tables were adorned with beautiful King Protea themed florals arrangements by Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry and colorful table linens. Each Member received a Red Rooster themed menu at their seat.
In keeping with the jazz theme, Members enjoyed live music from jazz musician, Daniel “Saxman” Fuqua, before hearing Chef Samuelsson speak about his career, history and current endeavors. At the end of the evening, each attendee received a signed copy of Chef Samuelsson’s latest book, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food.
“It was an honor to welcome an acclaimed chef behind many worldwide restaurants and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times,” says Jane Smalley, Marketing Director of Windsor. “Our Members greatly enjoyed Chef Samuelsson’s flavorful menu, along with being able to engage with him on his career, passions and his new book.”
Windsor is a private residential sporting club community spanning 472 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in several styles including village homes, cottages, and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living. Residents enjoy privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services, and sporting activities. windsorflorida.com