Janzen said having people come to their home to share in a meal is more of a treat for them than going to a restaurant.
“We just love doing it,” she said. “It’s just the way we enjoy entertaining our friends.”
After tonight, the Janzens will get the opportunity to share their love of all things food with more people.
The couple has offered up a five-course meal for six, which will be prepared and served in their home for the silent auction at the Gros Morne Summer Music annual winter gala.
Janzen is on the board of directors for Gros Morne Summer Music and said the gala and silent auction is a major fundraiser for the five-week event.
“The money from this fundraiser is used to bring very talented musicians into Corner Brook from all over the world,” said Janzen of the performers that come from Taiwan, New York City and all over Canada.
This is not the first time the couple has offered a dinner for the auction. In the past, Janzen said they have done Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and German meals, but this year they’re taking on a whole continent.
“This year we’re doing a gastronomic tour of South America,” she said of the meal that will feature dishes and wines from Argentina, Chili, Brazil and Peru.
Janzen will do all the cooking for a menu that her husband put together. He’s also created a wine list for the event.
“Whatever he has on the menu, I will have,” she said, noting that is depending on the availability. “Sometimes you can’t get the stuff in this town that you need.”
Something that will set the meal apart from others the couple has hosted is that they will not eat with their guests. While Janzen tends to the kitchen and food her husband will serve as waiter instead of host.
“This is just for whoever wins the bid,” she said. “That’s a little different for us, because we don’t usually do that and we don’t usually have people paying to come and eat at our house.”
The event will start in the couple’s living room with hors d’oeuvres, followed by the meal in the dining room and desserts, Brazilian coffee and liqueurs in the family room.
And it wouldn’t be complete without some good music.
“My husband has lots and lots of CDs, so he chooses music appropriate to the event.”
The Janzen’s meal is one of four that will be up for auction. The others include an après-ski lunch for eight, an elegant six-course French dinner and a three-course curry dinner. There’s also a soup of the month available and some other items like hotel stays and trips.
The gala is being held at the Greenwood Inn and Suites. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Brewed Awakening, Brewed on Bernard and More for Less or by calling 638-9634.