GARLIC PARTY: Vegan Buffet for $20

Garlic is as good a reason as any to throw a party. In fact, it may be one of the better reasons.

Chef Wendy of Balasia and The Honey Underground knows this, and has arranged a celebration in it’s honor along with Robyn of the Grow Indie gardens.

(Click links above to see some videos of these ladies and listen to me gush about how wonderful they are.)

If you’ve ever needed the extra push to try Wendy’s food, LET THIS BE IT.

Garlic Party is an all vegan, local, organic BUFFET — for a mere $20. (And BYOB)

Call the number on the poster to RSVP, get a costume (or not, but if you dress like a vegetable it would be adorable… a sexy vegetable?) and prepare to feast, my friends.

Saturday, October 27

Held between 6pm-10pm

1153 Gravel Pike, Hereford, PA (past Emmaus, PA)

Honey Underground on Facebook

Thankful Thursday: 7 September 2012

Today’s Thankful Thursday (on, ahem, Friday) comes from a need to slooowwww down. Times like these call for a good trip to the library, where think I got the best seat in the house! That’s a start. Today I’m remembering the best parts of the last few weeks, beginning with something beautiful I found a few moments ago.

“There are two ways to spread happiness. Either be the light who shines or the mirror who reflects it” – Edith Wharton

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LoveList: September 07, 2012.

{This rainbow of lines drawn in pen inside a 1962 copy of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” from the library.}

{Last week I went to write at an outdoor mall and sopping wet children fresh from the fountain came up to tap on my keyboard and make jumbles of letters. Water dripped from their chins when they smiled.}

{Picked up this soda, first for it’s package design, second for it’s color and third for it’s delightful flavor combination: grapefruit + chamomile + cardamom. The others are equally lovely.}

{While taping for STK! Episode 5 (it airs this Sunday!), chef Wendy brought her Vitamix into the garden to make some food. She was walking through the veggies with that huge knife, hacking tomatoes from their vines in a strange vegan, local, organic, DIY, insert-other-word-here Children of the Corn-esque scene.}

{We had a steering committee meeting for the Bethlehem Food Co-op at Robin’s house, which is one of the most gorgeous, covetable homes in the entire Valley. There is strange and lovely art everywhere and it’s full of love from a family that is, no surprise, also full of love and creativity. Plus, she made vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Everyone had seconds.}

{I went with Christian to be photographed for the cover the The Mix weekly paper, and for a few hours we made faces and smirked at cameras. It was such fun to be in a room with friends, reaching for imaginary apple trees and trying not to laugh. Behind-the-scenes photos are HERE.}

{… and somehow, Fall happened.}

BRUNCH IS BACK: Tummies Everywhere Rejoice

If we’ve ever met in real life, even just for a few minutes, I’ve probably talked about a few things: how delicious broccoli is when roasted; how do shar pei’s get so many wrinkles?; how much I love Sundays and why brunch is the best meal of the week.

Today I’m happy to tell you that the last part is happening, back with a vengeance.

If you live in the Lehigh Valley, you must know who Chef Wendy is. If you don’t, pay attention. Go get a pen and paper and write this down.

 Wendy is owner and executive chef of Balasia/The Honey Underground. The former used to be a brick and mortar business (in a fancy old victorian house in Emmaus, PA), and now shows up at every farmer’s market in the Valley to provide us with tasty lunches and take-home food. The latter is a supper club – a hip pseudo-restaurant that sets up on weekends in a firehall that gets transformed into a calming, candle-lit sit down eatery.

Well, we can all joins hands across America because Wendy is bringing back the best meal, on the best day. I can clearly only be talking about one thing: SUNDAY BRUNCH.

Sunday brunch was actually how I became familiar with Wendy and her food. A few years ago, we would wait all week for Sunday to approach so we could go to Balasia (then in Emmaus), sip coffees and organic juices and sparkling waters. Order meals that were so beautiful in presentation, the first time I saw one of Wendy’s dishes I exclaimed, “I feel like I’m eating a sculpture, a work of art”. 

Everything vegan, organic, local as often as possible… it was a meal to be savored, eaten slowly and shared by passing full forks across the table. It was so fun to bring out of town friends there, and even they would say things like, “I wish there was a place like this Brooklyn”.

 And let’s not forget to mention another culinary superstar on the scene who will also be a part of this meal, Misi from Diver Catering. She will make a fool of anyone who thinks vegan sushi is boring, flavorless or unappetizing. You can hire Misi for special orders and occasions, and also find her at the Steelstacks Farmers Market which is (new and!) every Saturday from Noon-4pm. Once again, proof that food can be, and most definitely is, art.

This upcoming brunch is a one-time event, though hopefully enough interest will mean more and more could happen in the future. I hope to see you there!

INFO ON HONEY UNDERGROUND/DIVER CATERING SUNDAY BRUNCH

  • Sunday, January 29th 2012
  • 11am – 2pm
  • RESERVATIONS ONLY
  • Call: 484.330.6405
  • Or respond on the FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Cost: $25.95 per entree; includes a healthy cocktail & hot coffee/tea
  • At the Honey Underground, Hereford PA (past Emmaus)
  • More info and directions on the site
You can view a detailed menu on the FACEBOOK event page.
AND enjoy live music from this year’s winner of the LV Acoustic Contest, Kwesi Kankam. (Exactly the sort of voice you want to hear at a meal like this!)
(Thanks Lehigh Valley Mirror for this video)

SEE FORKS OVER KNIVES DOCUMENTARY THIS SATURDAY AT STEELSTACKS!

The cooking demo was fun! Thanks so much to everyone who came out, introduced themselves, gobbled up food samples, or had a chat about Vita-Mixes or organic limes or any of the other lovely things I got to talk to you about.

I realized that I would have loved to have talked talked talked, so you have inspired me to look into finding youth groups or high school/college environmental clubs or animal rights groups to do talks and discussions! If anyone has insight on this, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks so much to my longtime friend Alex for getting some photos:

What’s in store next? Don’t forget THIS SATURDAY NIGHT you can come and join interested and like-minded people at SteelStacks’ cinema for a screening of Forks Over Knives.

What Food, Inc. did for food politics, Forks Over Knives does for nutrition and health. Need more convicing? Here ya go:

There is so much to be said on this topic, but I urge you to see the film – available on DVD, on Netflix, or at SteelStacks this weekend with a discussion to follow (you’re going to want to talk about it!), or pick up the book The China Study or the Forks Over Knives tie-in book.

*Especially of interest for anyone looking to prevent or manage cancer, or anyone who supports finding a cancer cure. Get out your “Save the Ta-Ta’s” or “I feel my Boobs” t-shirts and learn about something that may be, and for some has proven to be, a way to prevent this awful disease.

So hopefully I’ll see you at SteelStacks in Bethlehem this Saturday, Sept.  3rd at 7:30pm  for the screening and then discussion of Forks Over Knives!