The food continues to be out-of-this world…fabulous! In fact, I was a bit remiss in my photography duties, waylaid by Shane VanO’s amazing plants (he still has a few healthy gorgeous specimens…see the varieties here or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Pictured below is one of my healthy living mentors, getting ready to plant some of Shane’s beauties. Terri McElwee is a wellness coach working full-time for the MAC as well as co-owner of Elite Karate and Fitness. Read Terri’s and other fitness trainers and wellness coaches tips here
So, the food winner of the month was no surprise. In fact, by the time I got over my plant stupor (and had a drink), Geoff Fields’ Roasted Corn Chowder looked like this:
When I asked Geoff if he could make his famous dish vegan, he was game for the challenge. He chose to use coconut milk (the drinking kind, not the kind from a can), and that led him in a slightly different direction. A lemon-grass, thai direction. Only Geoff knows. And he has promised us a recipe–in his own quirky way. We are counting on it. Here he is (second from right, reveling in his newfound star status).
The next big winner was Morgan Doane’s seed crackers with dill pickle dip. Morgan has discovered a hidden cooking gene even she didn’t know existed. Morgan has also promised us a recipe!
Here’s Morgan with Isidore Okoro… She looks understandably proud.
Talk of the evening was divided between … who knew that Great Harvest Bread Co in Forest Hills baked vegan bread on Wednesdays (Diane Flaherty-Cisler paired her blueberry bread with freshly ground almond butter from Horrock’s and homemade jam),
and Michele Sellers’ mile-high shoes… (that’s Trish English rocking the ancient Roman look on the right).
Other very notable dishes (that we’d love the recipes for…hint, hint), include: Bob and Austin’s sweet potato chowder,
Heidi Holst’s elegant carrot and kalamata salad,
Michele was very disappointed to discover that the moujadarah lettuce wraps were gone by the time she got there; however, Marcia Davis has graciously posted the recipe at her cooking blog (that caters to folks with allergies): Life is Fare.
and, last but not least, Roger Gilles’ humble but tasty kale and chili burritos… there was only one left when I wielded the camera…
Between debating the opening bid of FaceBook’s IPO, worldwide demand for workers and the meaning of life, Bill VanOosterhout, Ryan McCarthy and Roger Gilles, tried to decide which dessert they loved most. Was it David Vessey’s vegan chocolate cheesecake?
Jan Van Oosterhout’s blackberry crumble?
OR, Molly Corriveau’s chocolate brownies with strawberries?
These are the weighty matters we must discuss. Life is good. If you are nice and you live in the GR area, join us for an al fresco, focus-on-the-plant-based-grill on June 20. Simply email me to get on the invite list.