CULLMAN, Ala. – For the past 10 years, Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant in Mountain Brook has opened its doors to host a fundraising dinner for St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman. This annual dinner is sponsored by Dyron (PS ’94) and Sonya Powell, owners of the restaurant.
Many friends, alumni and supporters of the school gathered Monday evening, Nov. 25 for a delightful four-course dinner prepared by Chef Randall Baldwin and paired with complimentary Holman Ranch wines from Carmel Valley, California, provided by provided by Tom and Susan Lowder.
The first course was a She-Crab crab soup served with Holman Ranch “Jarman” Chardonnay 2015. For the second course a Terra Preta Farms Mixes mixed lettuces salad with a blend of satsumas, marinated beets, Marcona almonds, Stone Hollow chevre and citrus vinaigrette paired nicely with the Holman Ranch “Susan’s Saignee” Rose of Pinot Noir, 2018, Carmel Valley. Twelve-hour braised beef short ribs rounded out the entrée served with buttery mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, pearl onions, cauliflower and red wine beef jus, served with Holmon Ranch “Jarman” Pinot Noir 2014, Carmel Valley. The fourth course concluded the culinary experience with the dessert of Valrhona chocolate torte which consisted of a chocolate ganache, raspberry sorbet and mint paired with Holman Ranch “Hunter’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir 2014, Carmel Valley.
After the dinner, Abbot Marcus Voss thanked all those in attendance for their support of St. Bernard. The goal of the $100 a plate dinner was to raise $10,000 for the St. Bernard Scholarship Fund.
“We wish to thank Dyron and his wife, Sonya, and their staff for their kind hospitality,” said Voss. “Dyron and Sonya are very active in our school program, whether it be entertaining children in their home or cooking for our athletic teams. We certainly enjoy having both the Powells as members of the St. Bernard family with their children continuing the St. Bernard legacy being currently enrolled at St. Bernard Prep School.”
As for Dyron Powell, who currently serves as president of the St. Bernard Athletic Booster Club, he beamed with Bernardian pride at the thought of Saint Bernard.
“I am the only member of my family who has a college education,” he said. “The education I received prepared me for college, but most importantly, I found my faith at Saint Bernard! We are proud to give back to the school that gave me so much.”
Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant is located at 121 Oak St., Mountain Brook, AL 35223, in the heart of Crestline Village.