Friday, April 21
St. Andrew’s Early Childhood Learning Center
$45 per ticket
Starry Night, which will be held on April 21st at 7 p.m. will take place at St. Andrew’s new, state-of-the-art Early Childhood Learning Center on its Lower School Campus in Fondren. Inspired by the building’s ultra-modern design, floor to near ceiling windows, and seamless indoor and outdoor spaces, Starry Night’s theme will flow elegantly through the expansive classrooms and common areas under a canopy of twinkling lights.
Along with a change of venue, Starry Night is being transformed into a grand cocktail party featuring exotic cuisine from wonderfully mysterious places. Derek Emerson and the staff at Walker’s Drive-In will prepare, serve and pair delicious world cuisine with bespoke crafted cocktails from Cathead, and an assortment of craft and domestic beer from Southern Beverage. Wines from across the world curated by Sommelier Leslie McHardy of Briarwood Wine and Spirits will be showcased as well. Entertainment will include a live band as well as a live and silent auction. Always a highlight of this event, host families from within St. Andrews’ culturally rich community will also serve cherished dishes paying homage to their respective countries.
Immediately preceding Starry Night, an invitation only, VIP and Faculty Hospitality Hour will be held at 6 p.m. featuring passed hors d’oeuvres from Chef Robert Rushton of Local 463, a cheese and charcuterie station from Caet Wine and Small Plates in Fondren, “special bottles” wine tasting with Sommelier Leslie McHardy, and a superb scotch tasting event from Briarwood Wine and Spirits. Higginbotham Mercedes-Benz of Jackson will provide VIP shuttle service for guests in attendance. If you are interested in becoming a VIP Host Sponsor, visit www.artsonthegreen.info/tickets.
Traditionally, Starry Night highlights the rich cultural diversity of the St. Andrew’s community by celebrating the many heritages and cuisines around the world. Since food is a universal language celebrated in all cultures, it is a way to bring people together with a common thread. Over 14 countries will be represented from Nepal, Italy, Greece, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other wonderful global spots. Ultimately, the mission of Starry Night is to share ancestry, foods, and what makes various ethnic backgrounds extraordinary. St. Andrew’s families take the time to cook with love and share with immense pride their stories and traditions. Through Starry Night, St. Andrew’s aims to create a mutual respect for different backgrounds and foster acceptance and open-mindedness in the school and greater community.