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Sunday Funday Cooking Demo at Mar Vista Farmers’ Market

13 Mar
Food, I Love You! Mar Vista Farmers Market Cooking Demo

From L-R: The Food, I Love You! girls, Allie Zack, Cara Donnelly & Colleen Donnelly cooking up Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market.

This past weekend was superb.  Because I had the chance to share my love of good-for-you food at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market on Sunday!  I couldn’t have asked for a better community to celebrate my inaugural public appearance.  And, it gets better!  I will be conducting food demos once per month at MVFM, starting Sunday, May 20, 2012!

Every farmers’ market has a special personality.  But there’s something truly special about Mar Vista.  It’s quaint, local, hip and REALLY community-oriented.  The vendors are friendly and the visitors are eager to learn and support local farmers wholeheartedly.  I felt like the luckiest girl in the world on Sunday and because I loved the experience so much, I decided to blog about all the fun we had.

WHO: Me and my fabulous and beautiful sidekicks, Cara (amazing sister) & Allie (childhood BFF & post-college roomie).

WHAT: We prepared Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad for patrons to enjoy.  Some stopped by for a quick taste while others got cozy and watched us blanch asparagus (boil, drain & shock) and reduce balsamic vinegar down into a richer, oh-so-divine version of itself.  View more photos on the Food, I Love You! Facebook page.

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2012

WHERE: Mar Vista Farmers’ Market

WHY: To encourage people to make healthy food choices and enjoy the food that loves them back.  I also needed to get over my nerves and take care of business already!

PRINTER-FRIENDLY RECIPE: Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad

A special thanks to:

  • Helen, Diana and Karen from the market.  Your ability to organize the market and inspire those you meet is such a special gift.  I am truly looking forward to the months ahead!
  • MilkMan Cheese | That goat gouda was to-die-for.  Thank you, and I.O.U. a vat of quinoa salad that’s for sure!
  • J.R. Organics | Your organic strawberries are SUPER sweet right now! Yum!
  • Atkins Produce | You have the juiciest navel oranges!
  • Sun Coast Farms | I’ve never seen such beautiful asparagus! The tips were a gorgeous green/purple.  PERFECTION!
  • Mar Vista Mom for the shout out!