Tea bag cookies, macaroons and jelly hearts
As we step into June, I can't help but look back on the past month and smile. May has been a pretty remarkable month in the Zengarry kitchen. We started off with a bang on May 11th with our Mother's Day Tea. After months of planning and preparing and cooking, it was a delight to finally see this project come to life.
Two and even three generations of mothers and daughters gathered for two sittings to enjoy a cup of tea and some local musical entertainment to support a great cause.
The food was plentiful, delicious and a delight to behold. Our very own Jeannette Schaak out did herself with the menu which included several varieties of finger sandwiches and cookies; some in the shape of tea bags, teapots and hearts. There was even a great selection of gluten-free plant based fare. No one walked away hungry.
The musical entertainment at the first sitting was graciously provided by Gabrielle Campbell's Music School. We enjoyed an hour of melodies performed by four very talented young ladies. At the second sitting the voices of a local choir 'Simply Singing' led by Joanne Roy and Cassie Dapratto Nutt serenaded tea drinkers. Cassie ended on a high note by sharing her acappella renditions of Amazing Grace and Glengarry My Home.
And as if Cassie didn't contribute enough to this event with her voice, she also generously provided the tea. Cassie is a proud distributor of Steeped Tea here in Alexandria. The bottomless cups of tea that were served were carefully chosen to provide a variety from Traditional Earl Grey to Jazzy Jasmine green tea to caffeine-free Lemolicious. Cassie was also kind enough to share her selection of Steeped Tea teapots and tea accessories with us.
I must take this opportunity to once again thank all that were involved and all those that attended our first annual Mother's Day Tea. Thanks to your generous support we were able to raise just over $500 for the Alzheimer's Society of Cornwall and District. Yes, we received such great feedback that we are already planning for next year!
Another event that we are extremely proud of is the kick off catering event for Global Corporate Challenge at Greenfield Services. This is a world wide Workplace Health and Wellness Program. The employees of this company are fortunate to work in a place that provides these great opportunities for healthy living in the workplace! And Zengarry was thrilled to be a part of it. We served hummus and vegetable wraps, chickpea salad wraps, eggless salad sandwiches, Greek salad with tofu feta, couscous salad, and olives with muffins and rainbow fruit kabobs for dessert. To learn more about this program or to get your workplace involved visit their website.
On May 21st we hosted our 'Vegucated' movie night and potluck. These monthly gatherings provide a venue for people to come together and support each other on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. The food is always varied and delicious. This month we enjoyed raw lasagna roll ups, hummus and roasted vegetable wraps, kale salad, pumpkin pie, double chocolate cupcakes and raw carrot cake. I always take home new recipes from these events!
On June 18th our movie selection is 'Genetic Roulette' which is a documentary on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This is a topic that is of great interest to me personally. I look forward to hearing your questions and concerns about GMOs and their effects on our health. Everyone is welcome and I hope you will join us. You can learn more about it and join the conversation here.
Last but not least we presented our first All About Greens Workshop on May 17th to a keen crowd. We learned about the benefits of adding leafy green vegetables to our diet, about the different kinds of greens, how to store them to make them last longer, as well as some tasty ways to boost your greens intake. Kale is your friend! This was a very popular workshop, if you missed the first one and would like to join in on round two, let me know.
June promises to be another great month. Check out our upcoming classes and workshops. The gluten-free baking workshop is sure to be a treat. We will be preparing and sampling a variety of gluten-free treats including bagels, donuts and corn tortillas!
We are sending out a great big thank you to all of you that keep coming back and making what we do so rewarding! We hope you are feeling the love!
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