First things first, I need to announce the winner of the Thrive book giveaway. That would be Audrey of Just Audrey! Congrats.
On Friday night, Gen Q, Memphis' club for college-age LGBT kids, held a fundraiser dinner so they could raise money for an upcoming trip to "Advancing Equality on the Hill" in Nashville. "Advancing Equality on the Hill" is an annual day of LGBT advocacy at the Tennessee state capital. Members of the Tennessee Equality Project meet with politicians and talk about bills that benefit LGBT rights, as well as those that take away rights or are harmful to their goal of equality for all.
To my surprise, Gen Q member Kal informed me last weekend that they would be making all the food for the dinner from my cookbook! The Mom Corps, a group of Gen Q members' moms, cooked several dishes from my book to serve that night at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Of course, I just HAD to attend the dinner! I've never had someone else serve me my own recipes. The moms did a fantastic job! Everything tasted just like I'd made it, and, honestly, I think they made things taste even better than when I make them at home.
Here's what was on the menu. First, we had Bread and Olive Oil (not from the book):
The entrees were a choice of Spaghetti with Raid-the-Garden Marinara Sauce from Cookin' Crunk:
Or Red Beans and Quinoa:
I had both! Every got a platter of Spaghetti Squash with Tofu and Tomatoes as a side dish:
My very meaty friend Andy really liked this. He said he might even make it home sometime.
The moms made three desserts from my book — Coconut Icebox Cake, Mandarin Orange Cobbler, and Peanut Butter and Banana "Elvis" Cupcakes:
I swear the frosting on that cupcake was way better than any frosting I've ever made. So creamy and peanutty.
Anyway, I was honored to have Gen Q serve my recipes at their dinner. They made $200 for their trip!
On a related note, I'm launching a social media campaign — called Keep On Crunkin' — this week for Cookin' Crunk with the help of my publisher, Book Publishing Company, and Vegan Mainstream. Beginning Tuesday, I'll be posting a series of seven blog posts related to my cookbook (and most have recipes!). Each one will have a "social media action" that you can take on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest for a chance to win a copy of my book or another BPC cookbook or a (gasp!) Cookin' Crunk apron (I don't even have one yet, but I can't wait to get my own!).