Elmhurst’s Louisiana Shrimp Boil Promises Summer’s Best Party

Photo Provided Committee members for the second annual Shrimp Boil on the Lawn fundraiser on behalf of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, non-profit assisted living residence in Wheeling, have finalized plans for summer’s “best party” slated for July 28. Seated are, at left, Sarah Barickman, co-host of the event, and Anita Carenbauer, co-president of Friends of Elmhurst. Standing, from left to right, are Mike Barickman, Elmhurst board president and co-host of the event, Elmhurst’s chef Mike Travis and Jamie Crow, executive director. Not pictured is Dr. Frank Carenbauer, co-president of Friends of Elmhurst.

WHEELING — The spacious grounds of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship assisted living residence will rock with a downhome, southern vibe at the second annual Louisiana-style Shrimp Boil on the Lawn fundraiser, set for Saturday, July 28.

The mouth-watering aroma of a traditional southern shrimp boil, simmering in a large kettle, will greet attendees who will dine under tents on the front lawn of the former Samuel S. Bloch estate on National Road.

“Our initial Shrimp Boil fundraiser last year generated a great support from folks who kicked back and enjoyed summer’s best party,” Elmhurst executive director Jamie Crow said. “People are already buzzing about enjoying another fantastic evening with great food and super music from this year’s band, Brother Randall and Friends,” Crow said.

The Shrimp Boil is presented by the Friends of Elmhurst and hosted once again by Mike and Sarah Barickman. Mike Barickman is president of the Elmhurst board of directors.

Elmhurst is a non-profit organization that has been serving seniors’ housing needs for the past 128 years.

Sponsors of the event to date include Dr. Virginia Dulany; State Farm, Noah Mull, agent; Visiting Angels; Felton CPA; Hazlett, Burt & Watson; Glessner, Wharton and Andrews Insurance LLC; Dr. Frank and Anita Carenbauer; Altmeyer Funeral Homes Inc.; McKinley Carter Wealth Management Services; WesBanco; Jay Frey and Michael Hires; Blue Sky Therapy; Monteverde Group; Kalkreuth Roofing and Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Elmhurst Chef Mike Travis will dish up a traditional Louisiana shrimp-boil menu featuring shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, cole slaw and cornbread, served family-style on each tabletop. Diners may select from two surprise ice cream flavors created by Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream to top off dinner.

An open bar will be available with a variety of beer and craft beers. A specialty drink concocted for the event known as a the Mason-Dixon will be a combination of sweet tea, lemonade and vodka, Crow said.

Brother Randall and Friends is a local, six-piece band specializing in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. They perform frequently at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio, and other venues throughout the Ohio Valley.

Reservations are required in advance by July 25 and may be made by calling Elmhurst at 304-242-0240, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Elmhurst is located at 1228 National Road in the Pleasant Valley section of Wheeling.