I've read anecdotal reports that approximately 5,000 people attended the event... in Hartford! And not even for a UCONN game!! Great job publicizing and spreading the word in advance! In addition, hundreds of bags of canned goods were collected for organizations such as Food Not Bombs and the Connecticut Food Bank. I hope someone enjoys the canned mango I donated!
I had a great time giving my presentation, "Waking the Taste Buds: Foods of Spring." It was a tough slot since Chef AJ and Ellen Jaffee Jones (Vegan on $4 a Day) were also presenting at the same time. Decisions, decisions. I was glad to see about 35 people huddled in close to hear me talk about healthy spring foods like asparagus, radishes, and quinoa.
I think the Asparagus, Radish, and Quinoa Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette, Pistachios and Herb Oil was a hit!
Here's some of the nice feedback I received:
"The class was extremely informative. Mary was very kind and entertaining, and the quinoa salad was simple and delicious! I will be going home to make some! This class was sure a highlight."
" I enjoyed learning about the health benefits of some of the ingredients like asparagus. Mary was very nice. Thanks for the class!"
"Delicious recipe. Easy to make. Great idea to take along for upcoming cookouts, picnics, etc. Informative nutrition information."
"Great recipe! Very knowledgeable, personable presenter."[special thanks to: Michael for photos, my cooking assistants Devin & Jessica, Carol for the good mood (ring), and my awesome mom, the roadie, editor, head cooking assistant, and everything else!!]
yay - microphone! wish I had my guitar!
mixing the vinaigrette
here's the herb oil in progress
getting it all lined up and ready to go
my mom doing her thing
leftovers work really well in zucchini boats!