Last weekend we hosted some people from my husband’s work for a little late afternoon cocktail party. While he set up the bar on the deck, I put together some snacks. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I went for colorful and easy: crudite and several dips, cheeses garnished with fresh herbs, dates, sliced baguette, crackers, nuts, and fresh fruit. I also made a couple sheets of my Zucchini Puff Pastry Bites and a guest brought some beautiful pastries from the farmer’s market. I filled my vintage bottles with different alcohols and mixers, each marked with tags I got at Staples. In addition to an ice bucket full of beer and Cultivate Wines (which I love for the company’s commitment to giving back), I mixed up some Berry Fizzes to pass out, each garnished with a cute paper straw (purchased on Amazon). As the sun went down, we lounged on blankets and played bocce ball…overall, a dreamy and golden afternoon outdoors!
Jamie Oliver is a big hero of mine- I so admire the work he has done in school cafeterias to spread awareness about food education and combat childhood obesity. So in honor of Jamie’s Food Revolution Day, The Forest Feast hosted a dinner party! This weekend, people all over the world are hosting healthy dinner parties to increase awareness about the food we eat. The aim is to cook with fresh ingredients - no processed foods allowed! The Forest Feast is all about cooking simply with fresh produce, so here’s our menu:
Food Revolution Day on May 19 is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone. You can get involved by donating or signing Jamie’s petition by clicking here.
Photos and Illustrations by Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast
The lovely and talented Jennifer Newens, Executive Editor at Weldon Owen Publishing, recently interviewed me for Weldon Owen’s blog. Included is info about my background in food photography as well as details on my art making process.