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A Very Creative Crudite

A Very Creative Crudite by Crudite Creations

crudite creations at capabilitymom.com images on fotor.com
collage editing skills with a lot of help from from fotor.com

While we occasionally entertain, I am not as calm a hostess for large scale gatherings (my ability to time when the various foods will be done needs, um, work) as I would like to be, but I’ve learned some coping mechanisms, and I’m willing to share.

First, outsource what you can. I put my husband on beer, and my sister (who is a lovely and knowledgeable wine broker – her company info here), on, well, wine. We did end up having some things catered (I made salads because even I can time those).

There are terrific local resources that can help you pull it off, too. I had not one but two family gatherings in the past month, and was beyond happy with the results. For amazing cakes, baked goods and, for our casual family gathering, sandwiches and salads, I went to one of my favorites, L’Aroma Cafe. Go here for more information – everything is delicious and the gluten free cake was a huge hit, and they are fantastic at accommodating dietary restrictions (there were quite a few).

Now, having said all this, I’m not usually one to cater things (born and raised to be frugal), but sometimes I want a little something special, and this vegetable arrangement from Crudite Creations is exactly my speed. It’s a local (Newton) based company that delivers stunning centerpiece worthy arrangements of vegetables and way more attractively presented than my knife skills would allow. It is gorgeous, delicious, local and fun.

Also, fear not, the arrangement comes in a sturdy cooler bag with an ice pack if you’re not home. I missed the delivery by about 10 minutes and what a lovely surprise to find on my doorstep! I had run out of events to host (phew), so I brought this to a neighbor’s garden party. Wow, was I ever popular!

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The owner of Crudite Creations, Lauren Brooks, is an artist who makes arrangements that are almost too pretty to eat. The arrangement came with two delicious dips, a white bean dip was light (and was virtually inhaled), and a lovely, creamy hummus. I was asked repeatedly if I made it, and managed to tell the truth every time (despite being a desperate Martha Stewart wannabe and this would have given me total cred. But lying is wrong, just wrong).

Find Crudite Creations on Facebook and Twitter or on their website here or learn a bit more about them on NewTV here.

Stephen Fales, Photographer
Photo by Stephen Fales

 

 

I couldn’t possible take credit for this photo, either. It’s by the talented Stephen Fales. Contact him for photography gigs at sfales56@hotmail.com.

 

Capability:Mom received a medium bouquet for the purpose of this review. All opinions and writing are, as always, entirely my own.

Newton Kitchen Tour – Sunday April 13, 2014

Tomorrow is the Newton Kitchen Tour Sunday, April 13th

12:30 PM

 

The Newton Kitchen Tour is a self guided tour of 10 fabulous kitchens in Newton. The tour offers a chance to walk through and see up close and personal the kitchens you see in magazines.

Modern kitchens. Traditional kitchens. Big kitchens, Small kitchens. We have something for everyone!

There will be food and treats from local restaurants and eateries.

 Architects, designers, contractors, and homeowners will be on hand to answer your questions.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or at locally at Whole Foods. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the tour.

 

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or at locally at Whole Foods. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the tour.

 

Ticket Giveaway for The Newton Kitchen Tour – Food, Fun and Shut the Front Door!

 

 

Newton Kitchen Tour Sunday, April 13th

You have heard of the fabulous Newton Kitchen Tour?

My mom friend and fellow blogger, Sharon Gavini Reilly, has given me two tickets to give away!

Comment below and my fancy plug-in And The Winner Is… will choose a winner.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or at locally at Whole Foods. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the tour.

Social Media & You taught by Melanie Graham at NewTV

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If you are a fan of Melanie Graham, the first and wonderful Newton Patch editor, (her Five Things You Need to Know posts were the best and she is super nice IRL*), and you want to know how to use Social Media for good (not evil), you’ll sign up for her class at NewTV.  Melanie is currently the Digital Content and Social Media Producer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has been teaching this class at NewTV since 2011. So learn to better promote yourself and your projects and get a handle on Twitter (pun intended).

Social Media & You

The internet opens up a world of resources for you to better promote yourself and your projects. This course introduces to you some of the wide variety of options, from Facebook to Twitter, and how to best use them.

Instructor: Melanie Graham of Dana-Farber

Location: 23 Needham Street, Newton MA 02461 

Time: January 27 • 7pm

Fee: $25.00

To register for Social Media & You, please click here.social media nd you, NewTV, Melanie Graham,

*In Real Life (if you had to look at this then you need this class)

 What is NewTV?
NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

Where is NewTV?

The headquarters of NewTV and the TV production studio facilities are located at 19-23 Needham Street in Newton Highlands.

The facility is at the top of the hill of a private road called Easy Street, which runs off Needham Street between National Lumber and National Tire & Battery (NTB). From 128 North or South, take the Needham Street Exit 19A and follow Needham Street North past the Avalon Apartments. Make a left onto Easy Street. From Newton Centre and points North, take Centre Street past Route 9/Boylston Street, onto Winchester Street, then go right at the traffic signal onto Needham Street. Easy Street is the first right past National Lumber.

Who can use NewTV?
Residents of the City of Newton, members of Newton-based non-profit organizations, employees of Newton businesses and City of Newton employees are eligible to use NewTV.  This includes free use of TV production equipment and facilities, cable TV channel time and training in TV production, media literacy and Internet access.  Anyone wishing to use NewTV facilities must become a member of NewTV for a small annual fee (Really, it’s $25).

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