We met at Mac and Cheese Productions, a space/home in Roscoe Village owned by Saya. She coordinates events there aimed at providing new ways for people to connect in genuine ways. It's for singles and people seeking friends in the city, which I thought was a unique concept. She started the business when she got laid off, and I was pretty inspired by her fortitude to break out on her own.
I set up my little table with my offerings: Kombucha starter, naturally, and my rosemary olive oil cake with lemon glaze. The set up turned out super cute, and I had samples to share, too.
Anyhow, the treats did not disappoint this month. I'm always downright giddy at these events tasting all the treats and talking to my fellow foodie friends. People are so enthusiastic about their dishes and more than happy to spill the beans on their secret recipes. This advanced-level swap featured a huge selection of different types of food, from vegan lentil shepherd's pie to coffee, pecan tarts and spicy mustard.
I was in food heaven, naturally. A homemade, sugar coma heaven.
So shall we take a look at the goods?
And even a closer look?
|Bloody Mary, pesto, tiramisu, raw milk cheese, hard cider mustard, key lime curd, bourbon fig jam, macaroons, harissa|
|Sri Lankan spiced marshmallows, smores macaroons, rosemary garlic bread, vegan lentil shepherd's pie, quince tart with homemade creme freche, garlic and meyer lemon salt|
This time, I made a conscious effort to not just get a ton of cookies/fudge/candy. And I didn't need to, either, because Christina of My Homespun Home brought cookies to share. Instead, I tried to get some real food, along with some of the unique offerings this swap afforded.
And the best part of the advanced-level swap was that we got goody bags! Special thanks to Cabot, Argo Tea and Savory Spice Shop for the delicious parting gifts.
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