Danielle Robb is saving something delicious for a rainy day.
The owner and executive chef of Market Street Bar & Grill, Scranton, plans to prepare a dish for the 32nd annual Gourmet Gala that will hit each taste bud: Smoked Brisket with Soy Sesame Caramel and Jalapeño Jam over Cornbread Funnel Cake. And it’s a mouthful — literally.
Robb and representatives from about 50 local restaurants will prepare everything from appetizers to desserts for guests to sample on Sunday, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp. Tickets cost $50, and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton.
This year’s theme is based on the classic 1952 Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds musical, “Singin’ in the Rain.” While some restaurants’ dishes will fall in line with the theme, Robb decided to do something different and incorporate some of Market Street’s favorites. The dish will earn the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton a $50 grocery gift card through Local Flavor Gives Back.
Robb, who is big into smoking meats, wanted to pair smoked brisket with the restaurant’s famous corn bread with a twist, plus add some sweetness and heat.
“I wanted it to have that sweet taste, so I immediately thought, ‘I need to make a funnel cake corn bread,’” she said during a recent afternoon at the restaurant.
Robb’s experiment hit it out of the park. The tastes exploded at first bite. The juicy brisket was flavorful, the funnel cake corn bread was sweet and crispy, and the sauces held the perfect amount of sweet heat.
In addition to delicious food, party band Picture Perfect will provide entertainment, and organizers will raffle off baskets, many of which are valued at $200 or more.
The money raised will help the Ronald McDonald House, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, continue to function as a home away from home for families of children receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. The facility also runs family rooms in Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital and Geisinger Community Medical Center, both in Scranton, and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.
The restaurants, organizers and guests come together each year to eat, drink, have fun and support a good cause. It doesn’t get better than that, Robb said.
“It’s an event we look forward to every year, and we love to be involved,” Robb said. “It feels good to be able to give back.”
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Danielle Robb’s Smoked Brisket
with Soy Sesame Caramel and Jalapeño Jam over Cornbread Funnel Cake
For the brisket:
Salt and pepper
Trim fat. Rub with salt and pepper. Smoke brisket at 235 F for 12 hours.
For soy sesame caramel sauce:
1 cup caramel sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Mix all ingredients together.
For jalapeño jam:
1/2 cup diced jalapeños
1/2 bottle Lions Head Root Beer
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
Simmer together on low until sticky.
For cornbread funnel cake:
1 package cornbread mix (Mix with approximately 1 cup flour, 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk)
Mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter. Fry with oil until brown on both sides.
Assemble brisket over funnel cake and drizzle with sauce and jam.
If you go
What: Gourmet Gala: Singin’ in the Rain
When: Sunday, March 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.
Details: Tickets cost $50, and proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. The event is expected to sell out in advance. Tickets are available by calling 570-969-8998 or visiting thegourmetgala.com.