I will be the Garden Expert and Author featured at Sickles Market Second Annual Girls Night Out!
This is a joyful, fun, educational girl friendly evening that is a benefit for the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
The women who attend are amazing: so eager and keen to support their community. And to learn about wellness and gardens and food and -- to kick up their kitten heels and have a good time too.
I am honored to have been asked to return to participate in this extraordinary event.
Thank you, Bob and Tori Sickles and Karen Irvine.
Sickles Market is unmatched for food, entertaining objects and party items, and garden plants and objets of art. I am all too often there buying unique plants for my garden clients, including topiary and herbs and container pots. The cheeses and farm fresh food are too tempting and I am seduced more times than I can count. I wrote in the Introduction to my first book, "Homegrown Long Island" how I had scooted over to get my buffalo mozzarella one Saturday only to be told by the cheesemonger that she'd sold the last one. I sighed (or was it screetched??) to high heaven, whereupon she admonished, "You have to fight for your food!" I was stopped dead in my high drama. It is true. Good food is worth going to the mat for. And Sickles is THE place.
I write about food and drink for Examiner.com and also on my blogs: Garden Glamour and Master Chefs and Their Gardens (http://celebritychefsandtheirgardens.blogspot.com). There is just too much news about the edible landscape and homegrown food and food issues and gardens -- so I Twitter with both Chefsgardens and GardenGlamour too!
I am completing the Homegrown Long Island cookbook and will be talking about the inspired gardens that help the "Field to Table" and "Fin to Fork" Chefs I selected for the book create delicious recipes that are made from fresh, succulent, just picked and just caught fish.
The book is an intimate profile of each chef - 28 chefs in all. The book also includes four exciting, seasonal, locavore recipes from each chef, drop-dead luscious color photos of the chefs in the kitchen, of the plated food, and of the chefs with their farmers or in their gardens. I render their gardens in a garden design water color and provide a plant list for every garden and farm, too. It's an informative cookbook you can use in the kitchen, in the garden -- and display on the coffee table!
For Girls Night Out, I will be signing the two Caroline Seebohm books that feature my garden designs and input: Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore
It’s always a thrill to open this gorgeous book and see all the great houses and gardens, especially my two garden designs: Joe DiMattina -- and now Uncle Bob :) in Atlantic Highlands; and Mary Rogowski in Monmouth Beach. Two beautiful, enduring gardens that get better every year
And Great Houses and Gardens of New Jersey
I will also provide a handout for the goody bags :) with four recipes from some of my female chefs featured in the book - a sneak peak! shhhh...
In addition, I have put together a list of some of my favorite plants to inspire seasonal garden designs. All blue-ribbon beauties.
Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli
Grilled Petit Filet with Tzatziki
Black Bean Fritters with Guacamole
White Bean & Spinach Quesadillas
Braised Shitake & Leek Crostini
Smoked Salmon Blini with Crème Frâiché
A Selection of Fine Cheese & Accompaniments ChocoLove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate
Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Herbertsville Honey Co. Walnuts in Honey
Fourth Creek Sweet Red Pepper Relish
Vanilla & chocolate cake dipped in white chocolate
A mix of chocolate pretzels and cookies
Wine Bar Provided by Rumson Wine & Spirits
Services, Door Prizes, Giveaways, and Treats from: Milagro Spa at The Atlantic Club Mini facials, mini massages, mini makeovers
Leeann Lavin, Garden Expert & Author Tips on gardening & landscape design
Brad Wolff, Ph.D., P.A. and Certified Life Coach Relaxation demos & tools for "living your best life"
Elizabeth Ebner, M.S., R.D. Medical Nutrition Therapy
Switchflops by Lindsay Phillips Spring trends in fashion footwear
Latest looks in "add-on" jewelry
Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center Health assessment checklist
Fresh herb tasting & tips for growing
6 Degrees of Celebration, LLC.
Many thanks for supporting the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
We'll see you Friday, March 18th!