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Dining at the Framingham Food Truck Festival or What I am doing on Saturday

Framingham Food Truck Festival

 

Because I am fun like that and I like to eat and I love food trucks! So, I get to help judge the Hood ® Cream “Cream of the Crop” Cooking Competition! Not by myself, goodness, that would be silly. MAGIC 106.7 FM’s Candy O’Terry and Chef Chris Coombs, chef/owner of Boston-area award-winning restaurants Boston Chops, dbar and Deuxave are the celebs in the house – actually on the field – Bowditch Field (475 Union Ave, Framingham). Don’t even try to park at the field – there are shuttles running from some of the nearby schools. Check here for more info.

Here’s more info about tomorrow’s event:

HP Hood, the leading dairy brand in New England, recently announced the Hood® Cream “Cream of the Crop” cooking competition featuring spokesperson Chef Chris Coombs, chef/owner of Boston-area award-winning restaurants Boston Chops, dbar and Deuxave.

The competition takes place at the “Hood Cream Presents the Framingham Food Truck Festival” this Saturday, September 20, 2014, and at the “Hood Cream Presents the Newport Food Truck Festival” on October, 25, 2014. Participating food trucks will submit their best recipe featuring Hood Cream and a panel of esteemed judges, including Chef Chris Coombs, will choose one winner at each festival to receive a cash prize. The winning truck will be announced during each festival and will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a year’s worth of Hood Cream, along with the title as Hood Cream’s “Cream of the Crop” champion. In addition to the competition, Chef Coombs will be conducting meet and greets, answering questions, providing cooking tips and leading short cooking demonstrations alongside MAGIC 106.7 FM’s Candy O’Terry at the Framingham festival. Hood Cream will feature a fun and interactive booth including complimentary coffee with Hood Cream, photo booth, prize wheel and giveaways.

 

Fans are invited to join in on the fun by sharing their favorite recipes featuring Hood Cream on Twitter to @HPHood using the hashtags #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps, #FTFNE, #FramFTF. Fans can also enter the Hood Cream Food Truck Festivals of New England Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Hood Cream VIP prize pack including two tickets to a 2014 festival, $100 gift card and more. For more information and to read official contest rules, visit Hood’s Facebook page.

More infoFrom the MetroWest Visitor Bureau’s website:

On Saturday September 20th, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau is hosting MetroFest 2014 presented by Middlesex Savings Bank, the first regional, collaborative festival to showcase the richness and diversity of the region’s music, arts and culinary offerings. The event offers a wide range of activities anticipated to attract more than 8,000 visitors of all ages. This first-ever cultural festival will feature 25 food trucks from Food Truck Festivals of New England, main stage music and entertainment, 100 artist and craft vendors, designated children’s activity areas, and a community stage highlighting the diversity offered throughout the 19 municipalities that compose MetroWest.

Priced affordably so all can attend, MetroFest introduces the region’s residents to the local culture abundant in their own backyards. Admission fees are only $5 for guests ages 13 and up, and only $2 for children ages 5-12. There is no charge for children ages 4 and under, and all will enjoy free access to bounce houses, face painters, magicians and entertainment. The event is rain or shine, and tickets can be purchased online at metrowestvisitors.org/metrofest-tickets.

 

http://www.metrowestvisitors.org/metrofest for updated information on parking and shuttle locations, participating exhibitors, food trucks and entertainment.

About the MetroWest Visitors Bureau: An independent nonprofit organization, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau works to stimulate the region’s economy by marketing MetroWest’s assets – cultural, historical, culinary and retail – to residents and visitors. Launched late in 2011, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau boasts 230 members and a vibrant yearlong calendar of marketing initiatives, printed ad campaigns and publications, and creative programs to brand the region and and engage the community. For more information, please visit http://www.MetroWestVisitors.org.p;

 

 

 

It’s been a Smitten Kitchen Day

This morning there were scones, gorgeous scones, from a recipe on smitten kitchen.

Then, after a morning hand washing sweaters and mending things (I know how to live, right?), another smitten kitchen recipe, chard and white bean stew, when I got distracted by the excellent poached egg tutorial and made poached eggs for lunch. Yum.

Back to the stew, I’m switching the chard out for a combination of greens and the recipe calls for hearty bread and a poached egg on top and, yes, that’s how I’ll serve it. More eggs, please!

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Dennis Lehane, Mitchell Zuckoff and a room of 250 women…

Mostly women, anyway. It’s true…there were a few men but mostly women as usual. A room full of book loving, library supporting women. Everyone was in spring finery but with a touch of wool – it is New England, after all.


It was the 28th annual Book and Author luncheon – yesterday. It was, as always, one of my favorite events. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff were personable, engaging and funny. Mitchell Zuckoff gave a slide presentation (he even brought his own A/V equipment – got to love that) which had us on the edge of our seats which was a precarious place to be because we were also laughing so hard – Caution!  Falling library ladies!

Not to be outdone, Dennis Lehane took the stage and charmed the room as well. He is a consummate storyteller and shared how he became one (with a special shout out to libraries) as well as some great stories. What a treat! With books for sale from New England Mobile Book Fair, a nicely presented lunch, (the chicken was good, the salmon looked okay but I heard the veggie plate needs work) and the authors generously staying to sign every last copy, it was a lovely day. The staff of The Newton Marriott is always wonderful and it has been newly renovated and looks fresh and bright.

Put it on your calendar for next year – This is a not to be missed event!mitchell zuckoff, dennis leahane and a room full of 250 women

It’s the 28th Annual Friends of the Newton Free Library Book and Author Luncheon at the newly renovated Boston-Newton Marriott Hotel. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff will speak (a definite treat) and sign books after lunch (which is always delicious), really. So don’t say you weren’t invited. It evens ends at 2:45 so Moms can make pick up at school. Grab your book group and join us – it is a really nice event.

The Friends of the Newton Free Library invite you to attend

The 28th Annual

Book and Author Luncheon

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cash Bar 11:00 am

Luncheon 12:00 pm

Speakers and Book Signing will follow the luncheon

Newton Marriott Hotel Ballroom

2345 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA

 

The Friends of the Library are proud to present Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff at the 28th Book and Author Luncheon.

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and the play, “Coronado” which has received stage productions in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels – Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone and Shutter Island – have been adapted into award-winning films.

Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.


Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II. Published in April 2011, the book spent more than two months on The New York Times’ bestseller list and was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by Amazon.com, Salon.com, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Entertainment Weekly, Apple’s iBookstore, Kirkus Reviews and others.

His previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders. His magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications.

Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award, among other national honors. He has won the 2012 Winship/PEN New England Award for Nonfiction

He received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where he was an O.O. McIntyre Fellow, and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. A native of New York, he lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.

Contact Us: bookandauthor@newtonfreelibrary.net | (617) 213 – 0428

 

iUpdated Post – 5/12/12

Shopping for the Holidays with blogger extraordinaire, Pragmatic Mom

Last year, Pragmatic Mom and I shared a wildly popular (said modestly, eyes downcast) series of 12 posts for the 12 Days of – not Christmas – but Shopping. This year we are a little more on top of things and are starting earlier.  We covered those challenging people to buy for (Gifts for Father-in-law was by far the most searched) including in-laws, tutors, and teachers. How can you be your best centered self (not self-centered self) if you are distracted and driving around searching for gifts? We’ve got you covered. This was such fun and worked so well last year that we are formatting it the same way this year. We’ll be joint posting for the twelve days and Pragmatic Mom will do half of each post, and I’ll do the other. We even have a giveaway thrown in the mix this year, too, from Botanical Paperworks – Check out their Green Gifts Guide and enter to win Eco Coil Calendar and Pop Garden Pocket Notebooks at Pragmatic Mom on December 4th and Poppy Notebook Pad and Mittens Card Set here on December 5th!

So here is a preview: The 12 Days of Shopping

Thursday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts

Friday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft

Saturday, December 3: Personalized Gifts

Sunday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Monday, December 5:  Tutors/Teacherscapability mom scrounges sales racks for tea towels from Sur la table and anthropologie

Tuesday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Wednesday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

Thursday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Friday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List)

Saturday, December 10:  Pets

Sunday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Monday, December 12:  ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts

 

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