MORGANTOWN , W.Va.When former Mountaineer and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Amos Zereoué returns to Morgantown in September, it wont be to show off his fancy footwork on the field. Instead, he will be trading in his football helmet for his chefs hat to showcase his culinary skills for alumni and friends as part of the West Virginia University Alumni Associations Marmaduke Dent Society Benefit Dinner. The event will be held on Sept. 11 in the Ruby Grand Hall of The Erickson Alumni Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Zereoué owns, operates and serves as executive chef of Zereoué, a West-African/French fusion restaurant located in midtown Manhattan. During his seven-year career in the NFL , he often treated his teammates and friends to signature dishes from his homeland. Today, he and his staff offer guests a unique dining experience that includes savory, authentic West-African cuisine and modernized Ivory Coast ambience. The restaurant recently celebrated its third-year anniversary.

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The event will begin with a reception which includes wine/beer, Cajun chicken with a beurre blanc sauce, sea scallops wrapped in bacon with an apple vinaigrette sauce, grilled shrimp and grilled onion on a skewer with a spicy curry sauce. The dinner includes Zereoués signature saladsliced red tomatoes, onions, ginger, shaved carrots and black olives tossed in an Ivory Coast citrus vinaigrette dressing, followed by hanger steak in a shallot sauce served with dauphinois potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Dessert includes sweet plantains with vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.


We are so pleased to be able to bring Zereoués authentic West-African cuisine to the West Virginia University campus,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association.I have had the opportunity to visit his restaurant in Manhattan, and the food and ambience were outstanding. I think alumni and friends will truly enjoy this unique dining experience.


Born in October 1976 on the Ivory Coast of Africa, Zereoué grew up in the Hope for Youth group home in Bellmore, New York. While attending Wellington C. Mempham High School, he excelled on the football field, earning Street and Smith All-America recognition, as well as becoming the first two-time Thorpe winner which recognizes the best player in Nassau County.


Zereoué enrolled at WVU in 1996 where, on his first collegiate carry, rushed for a 69-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers. He went on to rush for more than 4,000 yards and become a second-team All-American and first-team All Big East player. In 1999, he was a third-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Amos finished his NFL career in 2005 with more than 3,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns.


The Marmaduke Dent Society, founded in 1993, is named in honor of WVU s first graduateMarmaduke H. Dentand recognizes the thoughtful generosity of the Alumni Associations donors. Proceeds from the dinner benefit provide sustaining support for alumni programs and operations.


The cost of the dinner is $150 per person. To make a reservation or to find out more about the Marmaduke Dent Society Benefit dinner, please contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731 or visit http://alumni.wvu.edu .