Here’s the email I just sent out to my Sally-created-Atlanta-events mailing list:
The holidays are often hard for people with food restrictions, but we can take away the anxiety and sadness and bring back the joy! I have a variety of upcoming private parties, and I would love for you to be my guest. These parties will all be in a hands-on, small-group format (min. of three, max. of six participants) in my house in Kirkwood (a neigborhood on the eastern side of Atlanta). Sometimes the scariest thing about going gluten-free or allergen-free is getting in the kitchen and just doing it. Getting you over that hump and into some delicious eating will be what we’ll do at these parties. Of course, we’ll also have lots of time to talk through any issues you’re having with your cooking techniques and food restrictions—and we’ll be able to simply enjoy each other’s company.
The suggested donation is included with each description. To reserve your spot at the parties, either Paypal me at this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), including the party/parties you want to attend, or send me an email to say you want to sign up but would prefer to mail me a check. We’ll figure it out from there. Once I hit the maximum number of attendees for a given party, I will send out an email and decline any future Paypal money that comes in for that party.
If you have other food restrictions than gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs, and you are planning to attend a party, please don’t hesitate to let me know what they are so I can make sure the recipe choices will be geared toward including you. That said, I can’t promise my kitchen is completely free of any traces of ingredients other than gluten, soy, and eggs.
SOLD OUT Sunday, 11/22, 4-7 p.m.: Holiday Sides SOLD OUT
Figuring out how to make the best parts of Thanksgiving—the amazing side dishes—can make you feel panicky when you’re eating free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs. We’ll prepare and eat a variety of fabulous, mostly vegetarian side dishes that are allergen/gluten-free but will make your mouth and stomach happy. Featuring locally grown, usually organic produce. $45
Sign-up deadline: midnight on Thursday, November 19th, or when max (6) is reached (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, 12/12, 3-7 p.m.: Turkey & Trimmings
A whole holiday meal plan—soup to dessert—that we’ll cook, mix, and bake together! Then we’ll sit down to enjoy it, and you’ll go home ready to prepare wonderful dishes for your family and friends. Free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs, and featuring locally grown, usually organic produce. $60
Sign-up deadline: midnight on Wednesday, December 9th, or when max (6) is reached
Saturday, 12/19—two sessions at 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.: Holiday CookieFest 2009
Going without gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs at the holidays doesn’t have to mean going without delicious cookies. We’ll make, bake, and even decorate a variety of cookies that are allergen- and gluten-free. After our tasting of the finished products, you’ll have a variety of recipes, great holiday memories, and a half-dozen cookies to take home with you. $40
Sign-up deadline: midnight on Wednesday, December 16th, or when max (6) is reached
Sunday, 12/20, 4-7 p.m.: Leftover Heaven
How are you going to make good use of the money and effort you put into that leftover turkey, ham, or other holiday food? We’ll explore delicious gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free ways of using holiday leftovers. Come and find out how to make satisfying, stomach- and heart-warming dishes from soup to tetrazzini. (Buying turkey on sale after the holidays can also be a bargain!) Featuring locally grown, usually organic produce. $45
Sign-up deadline: midnight on Thursday, December 17th, or when max (6) is reached
During the week before Christmas, I’m also available during the day to hold a private party with your friends and/or kids (at your house or mine) for cookie baking and/or decorating. The cost will vary depending on your desires, so just get in touch if you’re interested.
If you want to give attendance at one of these parties as a gift for someone, I’m happy to make up a gift certificate for you, as well. Just let me know.
And if you would like assistance in other ways, get in touch, and we’ll discuss it.
Let’s take back our enjoyment of the holiday season!