I am finally doing my first cooking class/pop up supper club to benefit the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. This is event is a trial run for a small group at my home. I am opening a cooking school on my ranch in September and am planning to do a larger event for Hunger Action Month.
As stated on feedingamerica.org, “September is Hunger Action Month-a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.”
My trial event is this Saturday, July 27th 2019. I will be featuring an Italian menu paired with Texan wines from Messina Hof.
I am happy to say that the event sold out before I even had a chance to send out e-mail invites. Believe it or not, besides being delicious, the whole menu is gluten free. The main course is the first recipe that I posted on my blog, Stuffed Dover Sole.
I am in charge of the food and my husband is in charge of the drinks. In addition to the wine, he will be making cocktails and mocktails. Some of our guests don’t consume alcohol, so we want to accommodate everybody.
Tresha Silva, the director of the food bank, has kindly offered to help me serve. I am very excited that I finally managed to make time in my life to do this. There is a lot of work to do between now and the event. I will let all of you know how it went. I have never done a cooking class/pop up supper club before.
WISH ME LUCK !!!
Every year the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry (BCEFP) hosts the EMPTY BOWL PROJECT to raise funds for our local food bank. It is their biggest fundraiser for the year. Local restaurants and caterers volunteer to make soup to be served at the event. People in the community buy tickets to taste the soups and vote for their favorites.
In addition, local artists create ceramic bowls that are part of a silent auction.
Photo by Terry Hagerti
Photo by Karen Kahan
All proceeds from the silent auction and the tickets go directly to our emergency food pantry. The goal for this year was to raise $30,000. I am very happy to report that we exceeded our goal. 700 people attended at $20 a ticket–so that was $14,000. The rest came from the silent auction, donations, and business and individual sponsorships. It was so much fun!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed.
This year, I was asked if I would like to participate by serving my Autumn Dal (split mung beans with kale). I have never made soup for 700 people, so I was a bit nervous if it would come out right. But I went for it and said yes. If you read my welcome page, you will see that I promised that there would be some community projects associated with this blog. I have always wanted to give back to my community, so I was thrilled to have my first opportunity to help. I will be doing more projects with the BCEFP. I will blog about them as I do them.
The timing of the 2109 EMPTY BOWL PROJECT was very special to me. It just so happened that my family was visiting me from Chicago during the week that the event was taking place. The Empty Bowl Project turned into 4 generations of soup for me.
The recipe started with my Nani-ji (grandmother), then my mom, then me and now I am passing it onto my niece, Leilani. She wanted to help me make the soup and I was grateful for her help. Leilani painstakingly spent two hours cutting up the greens.
I really enjoyed making the soup with Leilani. She was so eager to learn and help.
My dad helped me serve the soup.
It was a HEARTWARMING family and community experience. I look forward to doing it again next year.