SEVEN and The Smile Network International

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Smile Network International, which has been donating reconstructive surgical procedures to impoverished children for eight years, will hold a fundraiser event at SEVEN The Steakhouse in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 15.

Chef Nick Rancone of SEVEN shares a recipe for mussels:

SEVEN mussels
(Starter portion of 4-6)

Ingredients:
 
1 lb. Prince Edward Island Mussels
2 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
5-6 Thai birds eye chilies
1 lemongrass stalk
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
Small ginger knot
Heavy whipping cream (for texture, amount will vary)
Fresh herbs (Thai basil, cilantro, culantro, depending on availability)
Salt and pepper
Kaffir lime leaf (if available) or 2-3 fresh limes
1-2 tbs honey
Dash of fish sauce
 
Notes:

The broth here can be easily tailored to suit the taste of the people who will be enjoying it. For example, habaneros or jalapeno peppers can easily substitute for Thai chilies, with just a slight variance to the overall flavor composition of the dish, or on the other side, crushed red pepper or a sweet chili sauce would maintain the balance without the heat. 
 
Method:

Clean and beard the mussels. Do this as close to serving as possible. Reserve. Rough chop the vegetables and herbs. I pass everything through a strainer before I add my mussels, but at home it may be an unnecessary step.

Start a small amount of oil in the bottom of a larger sauce pan. Peanut, grapeseed, and canola are preferred.

Sweat the shallot and garlic, and then add ginger, chilies and lemongrass.

Deglaze with the chicken stock, and let the vegetables simmer.

Add coconut milk, and reduce just a touch to tighten broth.
Season with salt and pepper. Add fresh herbage (include lime leaf if available). Simmer.

Add honey to taste.

Add cream.

Let simmer and reduce by ¼. Let cool, then strain. Reserve.
 
For Mussels:

In a skillet, heat ½ cup broth, then add mussels, and cover. Cook until 95% of shells are naturally open.
 
Remove from heat and plate mussels first in a bowl style serving platter. Squeeze fresh lime and add a few drops of fish sauce. Garnish and serve with some grilled bread.

More information on the Smile Network International fundraiser:

The event will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Attendees of the charity dinner can indulge in SEVEN's sushi, pasta, carved beef and desserts which will be displayed at various interactive stations.

The fundraiser will also include a silent auction with items like rare wines, autographed items from major sports stars, a Jackson Hole ski vacation, or salon and spa packages.

"Together, we are raising funds -- and just as importantly, awareness -- to give children around the world the gift of a smile," Smile Network founder Kim Valentini said. "We are blessed to be able to do so much, for so little and dramatically change somebody's life forever."

Tickets for the benefit are $99.00 each and can be purchased online through Saturday, May 14 at www.smilenetwork.org. Tickets can also be purchased day-of at the door on Sunday.

Minneapolis-based Smile Network International funds surgical missions and provides necessary supplies needed to repair birth defects such as cleft lips, cleft palates and other conditions requiring surgical intervention.

Click HERE for more information on SEVEN The Steakhouse.

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