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Our Friday Night Dinner

I really can’t come up with the words to describe last night . . . or this whole process really.

What we did was come up with a 3 course vegan meal and serve it to the public.

What it meant to me was so much more . . .

Not to be creepily nostalgic, but this whole experience forced me well out of my comfort zone.  A zone that I really had a thick wall up around for a very long time.  I was challenged, I was faced with last minute problems and had to come up with solutions, I stayed organized, I had to tell people what to do, I was frantic, I was calm, I was happy, I was stressed, I laughed a lot, I was proud, and I was a leader.

All these emotions taught me so much about myself. 

I am in the right place.

I’m worth following what lights me up in life.

I can make things happen.











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Unfortunately, I couldn’t get many other pictures as I was running around like a . . .

Nut Bag  (seriously)


But there are plenty of pictures that I photo-bombed over HERE.

At the end of the night I was so exhausted, relieved and so happy.  Thanks to everyone who supported me through all of this!

And a special thanks to Sue and my class who did a champagne toast to each other . . . . and feta cheese!

We still have a month left of school plus our graduation.  I’m trying not to think about how sad its going to be and how new life will be starting my internship and making some sort of career out of all of this.

Actually, I wont have time to think about it yet . . .

I’m going to VEGAS!


See ya’ in a week!!

Friday Night Dinner Menu Revealed

Happy Labor Day!

Now that I’ve been blogging for over a year, I can do cool things like give you a link to last years Labor Day Weekend Recap.


Looking back at last years picture, I’m realizing how much has gone on since then.  Around that time I was so worried about the vacation fat cycle and excited about my first day of culinary school.

These days I am bracing for the end of school and the start of a different life that’s more focused on what I’m passionate about.  The one thing that didn’t change?

Sam Adams.

Ironically I bought some Oktoberfest a few days as I love fall beers.  Since I am fortunately not severely affected by wheat, barley or rye, I do make some exceptions when it comes to Gluten Free Living.

Speaking of fall, I explained to you that our Friday Night Dinner meal is a celebration of Summer turning into Fall.  I also clued you in that the day of our dinner is the equinox where the season will literally be changing.

In honor of that and all the school work I’ve buried myself into, I would like to reveal the menu I designed for our Friday Night Dinner.




We came up with the theme & menu.  Cost it out. Made sure it was vegan AND gluten free.  We also made sure it was not spicy and 5 phased including elements of earth, water, fire, metal, & wood (seriously).

I realize its so different from your average meal but that’s what makes it special.  Its not easy to make vegan and gluten free gourmet. No matter what the lucky guests think of it, I am already just so proud of how this is all came together and I appreciate all the growth in me that has come along with the whole process.

I can’t wait for the big day but there is much more to do and some major changes going on for me in the next few weeks.  Because of that, I will be taking a step back from blogging & social media by spending less time in my plugged-in world so I can focus and be present on all that is ahead.


Would you eat anything on this menu?

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