April 30th we had the amazing opportunity to execute a turnkey event for the Congressional Medal of Honor dinner held at the Walmart AMP. Eleven Medal of Honor recipients, the oldest of whom was 94 years old and had fought in World War II, attended. It was a great honor to be able to serve some of our greatest American heroes. Gary Sinise, also known as Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Grump, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Walmart CEO Douglas Mcmillon were also among the attendees.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest US military decoration awarded by Congress. It is given to military members who have fought gallantly and bravely in combat at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Over 3,400 military members have been awarded this honor since its creation in 1861.
For this event, Walmart hired celebrity guest Robert Irvine, best known for Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible. Chef Irvine brought with him his own team of chefs including Chef Robert B., Chef Shane, Chef Darryl. Walmart paired Team Irvine with Chef Jennifer Madwell: Owner and Executive Chef of KFB Events.
In order to produce a 5-star experience, preparations began two days before the event and set-up began at four in the morning when florist Chelle Gerhardt and her team arrived to create the floral arrangements. Over sixty people came together to produce this dinner, from the florists, to servers, to the chefs and our beloved warehouse staff. Additionally, The Walmart Amp hired local bartenders to provide table-side service for wine pairings. The dinner itself started at six that evening as 160 guests arrived for a truly special experience.
In the dinner portion to the evening, guests were treated to four courses.
The dessert course was especially exquisite as world renowned Chocolatier Chef Robert Bennett made an array of decadent treats from scratch. These desserts included a strawberry rhubarb croustade, buttermilk ice cream that was truly a masterpiece, and hazelnut brittle, followed by handmade macarons, chocolates, truffles and petit fours.
To say this event was a huge honor for us would be an understatement. The night went off without a hitch as we gave 5-star service to accompany Chef Irvine’s 5-star menu to the Congressional Medal of Recipients. The recipients were given VIP seating for a special concert performed by Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band in their honor to follow the dinner. We could not be more thankful for the company of Chef Irvine, his top Chefs and most importantly the opportunity to serve those who have served the nation.