Slow Foodie Event

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Slow Food Charlotte mission is to encourage people to “eat local and change the world to a place of good, clean and fair food.”  Tonight, they hosted a foodie event that was filled with great local foods and wonderful wine.  The wine was Coturri, which is an organic, environmentally-friendly vineyard in Sonoma.  Diana and Katie came as members of the ‘media,’ too.


There were about eight local chefs serving lovely small plates.


And each plate had a special wine to go along with it.  I had about three pours, including a table red and a rose, which were both delicious.


The first small plate was a blue cheese pancake topped with a strawberry and radish compete and asparagus strips.  SO delicious.  I couldn’t decide if it was going to savory and sweet, and it was a little bit in between.  Yum.


Next up was a tomato and cheese tart with a collard green coleslaw.  The collard green coleslaw was so unique – I’m going to try to recreate this at home soon!


And for dessert, a lavender chocolate drink (as good as it sounds!), and a slice of chocolate cake with rich vanilla icing.


After Slow Food, we headed to meet up with Brittney for her birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday, Brittney!


We had dinner at Mellow Mushroom, which is rapidly becoming my favorite pizza place because it has tons of yummy vegetarian options.


And although the pizza sounded appealing, I opted for a tempeh and spinach salad because I was pretty full from the foodie event. 


I also snagged a pretzel from Katie.


After lots of fun conversation, we walked across the street for some birthday fro-yo.  Yoforia has released a new COFFEE flavor, which gets two thumbs up from me – a self-proclaimed coffee ice cream snob!


There is a pile of five loads of laundry waiting to be folded on my bed… I always put clean laundry on the bed instead of back in the basket so I’m forced to fold it before going to sleep.  Totally annoying, but it works every time!


Fold, then sleep. 



  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 30, 2011, 10:49 pm

    I do that with my laundry TOO!!! It works like a charm 🙂 Hope you get it folded before falling on top of it…. 😉

    That drink (choc lavender) sounds totally amazing–glad you had such a fun day. We did too–we celebrate our ONE year wedding anniversary. SO fun (pics on the blog) 🙂 Sleep tight!!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 30, 2011, 11:08 pm

    I love trying new fro-yo flavors. The comment above me mentioned lavender which reminded me of the last time I had was also the first time having lavender! I had seen it all over the blogosphere months before but never got the chance to ry it. It’s not a common flavor, you know? I almost squealed when I saw they had it! 🙂

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:54 am

      Lavender fro yo sounds pretty awesome!

  • Fit Chick Britt April 30, 2011, 11:31 pm

    That lavendar chocolate drink sounds great! I try that whole laundry trick too, but then it just ends up on the floor if it’s not done before bed.

  • Sana April 30, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Love the tip! Bahahaha, I would totally just pass out on top of the clothes!

    • Baking 'n' Books April 30, 2011, 11:41 pm

      LOL – I am so guilty of that! I have a double bed but sleep alone – so just shove it over to the other side 😉

      Wish we had Mellow Mushroom in Canada.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 30, 2011, 11:52 pm

    I do the same thing with my laundry!! I get so annoyed with myself for it but it does motivate me to fold them!

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist May 1, 2011, 12:00 am

    Please share the collard green coleslaw recipe when you recreate it at home. That sounds great.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 1, 2011, 12:17 am

    I want to go to a foodie event! please let us know how the coleslaw turns out when you recreate it!

  • Fawn May 1, 2011, 12:34 am

    Looks like you had a fun evening! The food looks fantastic!

    Clothes on the bed don’t make me fold them before I bed. I just put them right back in the basket, or in a pile on top of something. Folding clothes is definitely my least favorite chore. Good thing my boyfriend is soooo good at it! 🙂 I am also not one of those people who subscribe to the idea that clothes can’t be worn wrinkly lol

  • Cara May 1, 2011, 12:39 am

    Looks like a super fun night! Lots of interesting and great eats!

    Love the trick with putting clothes on the bed! That would probably never work for me, I would just climb in under them or they would be back in the basket!

  • Khushboo May 1, 2011, 12:55 am

    Coffee fro Yo sounds yummy! I love jamoca flavor at Baskins Robins!

  • TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching May 1, 2011, 1:32 am

    Oh my goodness, it all looks so delicious!!!

  • BeckyH May 1, 2011, 2:33 am


    I do that too (put my laundry on my bed) *except* I sometimes end up putting the piles back in the laundry baskets for another day.

    side note: I also *love* that you have a healthy approach to eating. It is obvious you love delicious food, but in the past 3 months I’ve been reading it is also clear that you love yourself more and don’t deny yourself splurges once in awhile. I appreciate your balanced and healthy (in my opinion) approach to eating/blogging about food. You inspire me to eat healthy and be more active without preaching or being hard on yourself. Thanks =)

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:55 am

      Thank you so much Becky H – I really appreciate this lovely comment.

  • cathy May 1, 2011, 5:46 am

    i do that laundry thing, too! plus, the bed makes a great folding/sorting/piling station. laundry is one around-the-home task i don’t actually mind!
    glad you enjoyed your social evening out, caitlin!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 1, 2011, 6:29 am

    What an awesome event – it looks like the meals were delicious. I like how your area is taking a proactive role in helping people eat healthy and clean.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 1, 2011, 7:04 am

    What a great event. I love that it’s promoting local food! I wish we had something like that here.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 1, 2011, 7:53 am

    Looks like a great day Caitlin! I actually had to dry my laundry again to get the wrinkles out because they sat in the basket too long. My husband came in and told me there was a seriously laundry situation going on in the laundry room. I need to be better about it. The thing is, it’s not that bad to fold and put away, I just don’t really like doing it. I hope you slept well and have a great Sunday!

  • Kristen May 1, 2011, 8:14 am

    I should try that with my laundry. I’m always leaving it clean in the basket for WAY too long.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 1, 2011, 8:20 am

    I just found out about an event similar to this in Iowa City – I am very excited to get to it this year! Love me some local food!

    Nice work with the laundry – that is my least favorite chore!

  • Ann @ Day by Day May 1, 2011, 9:05 am

    I agree about Mellow Mushroom! So many good options for vegetarians. After reading about their tempeh on your blog, I tried the tempeh sandwich last time I went and LOVED it. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:56 am

      Wasn’t it awesome? I love their tempeh sandwich.

  • Kelly May 1, 2011, 10:01 am

    We do that too with our laundry! 🙂

    Was the lavender chocolate drink alcoholic? I’m picturing lavender and chocolate liqueurs… either way Im sure it was delicious!!

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:57 am

      It was like hot chocolate, no alcohol but REALLY good.

      • Kelly May 1, 2011, 10:58 am

        YUM! One of my favorite local chocolate places makes one with lavender -so good!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 1, 2011, 10:52 am

    Slow Food is such a wonderful organization. It’s so very important that we are sustainable within our community, supporting local farms, breweries, vineyards, etc. I am the Tasting Chair for Slow Food St. Louis!

    Glad you enjoyed the event!

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:57 am

      I want to be the tasting chair!!! LOL

  • T.D. May 1, 2011, 11:04 am

    Sounds like a great event! I always put the clean laundry on the bed. It works every time!!

  • Amber K May 1, 2011, 11:22 am

    lol, I wish putting the laundry on the bed encouraged me to fold it right away. We put all of our clean laundry on the bed, if the husband and I don’t put everything away right away, it just goes directly on the floor. Then the next morning I throw it back on the bed with the hopes that I’ll get a chance to deal with it that day. Sad to say, there have been streaks of maybe 2-4 days of this throw on the floor, put it back on the bed cycle 😉

  • kristinp May 1, 2011, 12:18 pm

    That folding on the bed idea is genius! I am good at laundry, but horrible about putting clothes away. I live by myself and there may or may not have been several months during this past year when I lived out of laundry baskets instead of a dresser or closet. I’m going to have to give this one a try!

  • KatieTX May 1, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I ate Mellow Mushroom last night too! Small difference was I was in Austin. Their mega vegetable pizza was so good. I had been wine tasting all day and needed some sustenance 🙂

  • Flo May 1, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Oh how I long to try a REAL pretzel!!! here in the UK they’re just these tiny, small, dry snacky things that taste like cardboard…those look like doughnuts!!!! 🙂

  • Christine May 1, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Laundry is evil.

    • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 4:32 pm

      Laundry IS evil.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble May 1, 2011, 5:59 pm

    What a great and beneficial event! I wish there was something like that in Las Vegas, however, being in a desert makes it hard to find local fresh produce!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble May 1, 2011, 5:59 pm

    What a great and beneficial event! I wish there was something like that in Las Vegas, however, being in a desert makes it hard to find local fresh produce!

  • Jodi May 1, 2011, 8:24 pm

    I do the same thing with laundr…and it always works even though I am usually cursing when I want to go to bed and it is still there! That coffee fro-yo looks so good 🙂

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy May 1, 2011, 9:23 pm

    That is such a great idea with laundry! I put it in the basket and sometimes (I am almost ashamed to say) it sits in the basket in our spare bedroom for awhile … oops. My mom would be so disappointed in me.

  • Jolene ( May 2, 2011, 10:32 pm

    What a great event!! I wish they had events like that in my city.

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