Taste of The Earth Cooking Demo: Reflections + Gratitude

My heart is so full… This past Monday evening, on July 8, 2019, I had the privilege of facilitating my first ever community cooking demo at a library. The name of the event was called ‘A Taste of the Earth: A Plant Based Cooking Demo’. This all began back in the early spring, as one of the very kind librarians of the Bruton Memorial Library reached out to me, after seeing a recent article about my cooking in our local newspaper, known as The Plant City Observer. The library had begun the process of planning for their adult summer programming, and liked the blogging content that I was creating, and was interested in seeing if I would like to facilitate a cooking demo, that utilized seasonal, local ingredients. I could not say no to that opportunity!

Me doing a presentation on the benefits of eating locally & seasonally to a crowd of 40+ attendees

And I must say, that the cooking demo was truly a success! I spent the first portion of the evening discussing the benefits of supporting local, seasonal food. The second portion of the event consisted of me instructing attendees on how to prepare two delicious meals that utilized seasonal, Florida produce: One dish was my famous Mango Stir-fry, and the second dish was a refreshing Watermelon nice-cream (check out each of those two hyperlinks, which go directly to both recipes).

My yummy Mango Stir-fry
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support tonight’s seasonal plant-based cooking demo at the Bruton Memorial Library, located in downtown Plant City, Florida. I want to thank all of the incredible librarians that made this happen, and the rest of my rad community. I couldn’t have done this without any of you!! I appreciate you all so much, and hope everyone had a wonderful time!

This wonderful event had a couple takeaways:
1. There is a giant demand for community members who want to eat fresh, seasonal & healthy food.
2. Community is everything. Everyone came together to help me serve food, and break down, post- event-and that in itself means everything.
3. Despite all of the technology we have at our fingertips, nothing beats hands-on learning!

For beginning The Funky Spork back in December of 2018, it’s fair to say that I’m still a newbie when it comes to my blogging (via this platform). NEVER would I have thought that my love for Instagramming my quirky recipes would somehow develop into my own business, where I now facilitate healthy cooking demos for the community! Even though my business is currently my ‘side hustle’, I’m excited to see how my passion for cooking and creating yummy food art evolves over the course of time. What a blessing this adventure and journey has been. 🙂

Me and my friend Jennifer Steed, Co-founder of Steed Farms, a local Plant City-based Community Supported Agricultural System (CSA)

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