Perhaps the best way to summarize why the United Way named one of its donor societies after the aristocratic Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, is through one of his own comments:

“Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations…In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.”

United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County’s local chapter of The Tocqueville Society was created in 1990 to recognize individuals and couples who invest $10,000 or more each year. Since that time, members of The Tocqueville Society have generously given nearly $12 million to change the lives of their neighbors in need. In 2013, the A-B United Way Tocqueville donors surpassed the $1 million mark, representing 20% of the total dollars raised in their community campaign. Amazing!

No doubt that as an aristocrat traveling to America in the 1800s, Mr. Tocqueville would have eaten quite well. We like to think he’d enjoy our menus, too. Here’s a Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres Dinner Party we previously catered for The United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County.

  • Sausage & Sage Stuffed Mushrooms
  • House Smoked Trout with Horseradish Cream on Belgian Endive Petals
  • Crispy Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
  • Oysters Rockefeller Shooters
  • Crispy Smoked Provolone Risotto Balls
  • Chicken Yakitori Skewers
  • Winter Quiche with Poached Pear, Gorgonzola, and Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Marinated Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter
  • Chef Michael’s Mint Oreo Milk Chocolate Truffles
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie Tartlets
  • Ginger Cream Puffs with Caramelized Sugar