Once again, Vibrant Occasions had the opportunity to cater one of our favorite Arkansas Fundraisers, The Finest Gala. The Finest Gala benefits the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was held this year on October 22, 2022 at Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. The Finest Gala combines the Breath of Life Gala and Taste of the Finest into one event, an evening of elegance al fresco under the stars. Guests enjoyed live music al fresco under the stars with a fully-catered seated dinner and menu designed by chef Serge Krikorian. The night of celebration honored 30 of central Arkansas’s finest young professionals and the CF Foundation’s top honor, the Breath of Life award, was presented to Terry and Michele Wright.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, partnering with the CF community, and advancing high-quality, specialized care.
“Vibrant Occasions is always honored to be a part of this special event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Arkansas chapter. We believe in their mission and admire all the hard work the event organizers put into these events each and every year,” says chef Serge Krikorian.
“Serge and I enjoy putting the menu together for The Finest Gala. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is helping so many families in Arkansas. Our team pulls out all the stops to make this experience amazing,” says Mary Krikorian.
Pre-Set on Dining Tables
Freshly-baked sweet rolls and wheat rolls
Chi Creme Brulee
Chi-infused creamy custard with a brittle top of melted sugar
Apple Crisp Tart
Served with our house vinaigrette
Caribbean Citrus Chicken
Frenched chicken breast draped with mango salsa
Wild Rice Pilaf
A wild rice blend seasoned with fresh sauteed mushrooms, celery, and fresh parsley
Lightly seasoned and roasted with extra virgin olive oil
Stuffed Acorn Squash
This vegan dish features P. Allen Smith’s Ralston Farms’ Harvest Blend Rice combined with fresh sauteed vegetables including chickpeas, spinach, peppers and corn along with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts all stuffed inside a roasted acorn squash and drizzled with a vegan cucumber aioli
Event vendor team:
Event Chair: Joyti Lal
Breath of Life Honorees: Michele Wise Wright and Terry Wright
Todd Miles Award: Andrew C Crone
Emcees: Anne Imanuel Preston and Donna Terrell
Venue: Argenta Plaza
Caterer: Vibrant Occasions Catering
Libations: Magnolia Mead
Signature Cocktail: ROXOR Artisan Gin
Entertainment: Rodney Block