I call this one, the calm after the storm.
On Saturday March 3rd, I hosted a health-feast for my community. I got to share my delicious, plant-based creations with everyone and educate them on the importance of good nutrition. I also collected healthy donations for my local food pantry! From decadent butternut squash mac & cheese to carrot cake cupcakes with cashew cream frosting, I made all of my favorite recipes for everyone to try. People also brought their own tasty dishes to share, like a tangy asian-slaw and fudgey black bean brownies.
Although my dinner went awesome in the end, there were many obstacles that I faced prior to the event. Between the power and internet going out 2 days before (due to the huge snow storm) and the sudden change in venue right before the event, I had to get pretty creative and problem solve. I made food for about 30 people with just a toaster oven, a hot plate, and the warmth of our fire place. Despite the challenges I faced, I was able to pull it off successfully with the help of my family, friends, and a great back-up facility. My dinner was a hit, and since many other people were out of power, too, I got to share a big, healthy meal with my town in a time of need!