Last week Momtrends gathered a dynamic group of food enthusiasts for scrumptious dining, wine tasting, floral arranging and mommy-time chatting.
The event was hosted in the Chelsea home and art gallery of Aaron Diaz, chef and artist extraordinaire. Upon arrival guests were greeted with a glass of wine from Livermore Valley Wineries and an appetizing starter made with Crostini, Brie and Apple Puree.
Florist to the movies and posh restaurants, Anne Wenniger, wooed the crowd with floral design tips using flowers from the local bodega.
Floral Design Tips
- Use one color of flower.
- Use odd numbers in arranging groups.
- Place your elbow on the table to determine the appropriate height. Anything above the hand will block the view to the accompanying table members.
- Use large green leaves to line the inside of the vase.
- Create a grid using scotch tape. Insert flowers in each section for better hold.
- Use a rubber band to hold the stems together to secure the arrangement and then place in the vase.
- Choose flowers in season. Sweet William and Dyanthasis last forever.
- If petals are falling off the flower, don’??t get it.
- Extend the length of the flowers by letting bleach sit in the vase for 15 minutes after each use. This kills the bacteria.
- Use warm water, not cold.
- Cut the stem in a very sharp diagonal to ensure that the flowers get as much water as possible through the stem.
- Use the flower food packet.
Aaron sparked our taste buds with scrumptious appetizers fit for a king. Our first tasting combined SautÃ©ed Scallops over Parsnip Puree & Cucumber Cups with Carrot Ginger Puree served with a California Sauvignon Blanc. Sublime!
Our second tasting included Truffle Potato & Carrot Puree in a Mini Filo Cup & Butternut Squash and Pear Soup served with California Pinot Noir. Divine!
The finale featured decadent desserts: Dark Chocolate Blackberry Frappe (using Stonyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt), Apple Pie Muffins and Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread. Recipes for these amazing dishes can be found at Momtrends.com Friday Food segment.
All of the dishes and desserts were prepared using Petit Organics pureed fruits and vegetables. Petit Organics delivers fresh, homemade baby food straight to your door. And it is not solely for babies, as Aaron demonstrated.
With tummies full and energy fueling, guests were entertained by my all-time favorite kitchen gadget, Soda Stream. With five models and 35 flavors for making perfect soda, this machine is a must for all households. Guests received a first-hand demo and tasted flavors of their choice. A very lucky guest even went home with one.
Smarty Pants Vitamins served up our daily dose of vitamins with their gummy, fruity multi-vitamins (that my kids love) and shared the yummy taste with take home samples. They continue to spread the love by partnering with Vitamin Angels, a charity connecting infants and children under five with vital nutrients.
STOKKE, the leading designers in children’??s gear, presented their award-winning Tripp Trapp high chair (holds up to 300 pounds, the design is so impressive it is a fixture at MoMA’s cafes in NYC) and the Eat. Play. Learn. Table Top for a more organized, cleaner, interactive meal- time. Every guest departed with the Table Top and another lucky person won the Tripp Trap chair. Watch for the new pure wood Tripp Trap chair coming in June.
Guests arrived empty-handed and empty-tummied, but departed with satiated appetites and tons of great loot thanks to our sponsors and partners.
Flowers and bowls from Calyx
- Aaron Diaz
- Anne Wenniger
- Soda Stream
- Smarty Pants Vitamins
- Petit Organics
- TriValley, California Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Knudsen Sparkling Juice (celebrating 50 years)
- Calyx Flowers
- Food & Wine Magazine
- Toms of Maine
- Carissa Leigh Photography (Photos from the event were taken by Carissa)
This was a sponsored event put on by the Momtrends event team. Many thanks to all of our sponsors who made this night possible! To find out how to get involved or invited, email Sherri (at) momtrends (dot) com.