Thursday, April 30, 2009

Julie & Julia

I just can't wait:

I'm coming back (sorry, and sorry for saying sorry!) with reviews, restaurants, and recipes! I've been developing the perfect strawberry-rhubarb crumble (ala Starbucks, even if you consider them the evil empire, this thing is fab!!) and need just one or two more passes to have it publish-worthy.

Woo hoo, and let me know if you want to go see Julie & Julia when it opens this August (seriously). I've read the book (3 times, I love her desperation) and listened to the book on cd in the car (a no-no with kids in the car as it's a bit, well, ribald). I'm thinking on sneaking in some wonderful, butter-laden something or other to enjoy with the flick. It's only fitting and I think we should have a very large group to mob the theater. I'm planning to taking any of my girls who want to go and would love to have you tag along. It's a few months away (Aug. 7), so put it on your calendars now.

As Julia would say, Bon Appetit!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Artist's Showcase Saturday at TKS!

Join us at The Kitchen Studio this Saturday (tomorrow!!), April 4 from 10-4 as some lovely ladies with mad artistic skills sell their wares.

I've opened our doors to some really talented ladies to enable them to offer their creations directly to you. On hand will be:

  • Michele Duke of MLDesigns with fab tote bags, really cool fabric baskets, funky magnets, papercrafts and more! You've seen Michele's stuff at The Muse on Market St., and this is a one-time opportunity to get a sneak-peek on her latest creations!

  • Laryssa & Angela from Luna Bella debuting their organic and handmade lotions, potions, and salves (I use them myself!)

  • Jennifer Grove with adorable and sassy handmade silver jewelry (earring for under 20 bucks too!) to perk up your spring wardrobe

  • Michelle Grimm with her stained glass Moravian Stars -- super cool and beautiful to display around your home

And as if supporting local gals isn't enough, I'm gonna be baking like a crazy woman, so there will be plenty of our fab Chippa Chippa Bloem Bloem cookies available by the half dozen. Call me ahead of time and I'll be sure to have some ready for you. You KNOW you want some!

See you tomorrow at The Kitchen Studio!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Talkin' to the Rotary

I had the pleasure today of speaking to one of the local Rotary clubs (the Frederick lunchtime crowd). Let me tell you, I was FREAKING OUT. There are 250 people in the club and this is by far the largest group I've ever spoken to. Plus, these are some of the sorta movers and shakers in good 'ole Fred-rock, so I wanted to make a good impression.

I thought about topics. I didn't want to come off all "me me me", but I wanted to be sure that they understood what The Kitchen Studio is and be interested enough to give us a try. Then it came to me: Food Trends. That could be related to both the world we live in today AND The Kitchen Studio. Here are some of the trends I spoke about:

  • Fine Dining Restaurants offering bar & prix fixe menus to appeal to a more cost-conscious crowd as well as their usual customer
  • Bistro fare becoming more popular than ever as we look to comfort food during an uncomfortable economic time
  • Cooking class enrollment increasing (yay, and please keep on coming to see us!)
  • Kids cooking like crazy (Summer Camps are Still Registering! Visit our web site!)
  • Kitchen gardens and the appeal to plant an organic garden at The White House
  • 100-Mile Cooking (eating only food that comes from within 100 miles of your home, something that could easily be done in such a rich agricultural area like ours)
  • Private Cooking Classes ('nuff said)
  • Food Blogging (duh)
  • Culinary Team Building (the most fun thing EVER in a work/team-building scenario)

I have to say, the group was fantastic. They were good spirited and laughed at all the right places. Many members even spoke to me after I finished, which was a welcome end. I was sweating bullets beforehand and thought I might throw-up on my shoes, so I'm pretty happy that didn't happen.

Cookies were passed out, brochures were distributed, and I really enjoyed myself. It just came to show yet one more reason that I love owning a small business in Frederick.