Give Your Love to Breakthrough

John Besh Tailgate Edition!

Breakthrough Kent Denver Presents World Renowned Chef John Besh

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 6:30-9:30pm

4000 East Quincy Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Chef Besh will prepare several of his signature dishes for our seventh annual “Give Your Love to Breakthrough” gala, which takes place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A private, one-hour VIP reception with Chef Besh begins at 5:30 p.m. Both events take place in the exquisite Schaden Dining Hall on Kent Denver School campus, 4000 East Quincy Ave. in Englewood.

John Besh knows how to prepare for the playoffs!

Check out his exquisite CHICKEN & SAUSAGE GUMBO dish, perfect for playoff football this weekend!

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Serves 10-12

3/4 cup chicken fat or canola oil

3/4 cup all purpose flour

2 large onion, chopped

1 large chicken, cut into 12 pieces

2 tablespoons Creole Spices

2 pounds spicy smoked sausage, sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 tomato, seeded and chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 quarts Chicken Stock

1 tablespoon dried thyme

2 bay leaves

6 ounces andouille sausage, roughly chopped

2 cups sliced okra

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Salt and pepper

6 cups cooked white rice

1. Make a roux by heating the fat, in a large heavy- bottomed pot over high heat. Whisk the flour into the hot fat. It will immediately begin to sizzle. Reduce the heat to medium and continue whisking until the roux turns deep brown color, about 15 minutes. Add the onions, stirring them into the roux with a wooden spoon. Lower the heat to medium low and continue stirring until the roux turns a glossy dark brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Season the chicken pieces with creole spices and add the chicken to the hot roux. Once the chicken is well-seared, add the smoked sausage and stir well. Then add the celery, bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Raise the heat to a medium high, stir for another 3 minutes or so, then add the stock, thyme, and bay leaves.

3. Bring the gumbo to a boil while stirring, then reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally and skim the fat from the surface of the gumbo (moving the pot half off the burner helps collect the impurities).

4. Add the Andouille sausage, okra and Worcestershire sauce, season well with Tabasco, salt, and pepper, and simmer for another 45 minutes. Skim the gumbo before serving with the white rice.

—From Besh Big Easy 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes by John Besh/Andrews McMeel Publishing

Menu items have been announced for the Give Your Love event!

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This event will be held at the magnificient Schaden Dining hall at Kent Denver

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