Yesterday The Purple Crayon in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY co-hosted my Lunch Will Never Be the Same book party for Phoebe G. Green. It was amazing. My panelists, Matt Karp of Plates Restaurant, Sheri Silver of the blog, Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt, and Jackie Ourman of Bon Appétit Magazine and her blog, CAFE, were knowledgeable, inspiring, and engaging. My voice didn't crack when I read. The projector showing the book trailer didn't explode or anything. The guests seemed to enjoy the reading, the panel, and ate plenty of chickpea salad, butter lettuce salad with roast duck, goat cheese on crackers, and raspberry tarts. Even the kids. Plates of it. I saw them. So thank you to the wonderful Sarah and Adel Hinawi at The Purple Crayon, my lovely panelists, Galapagos Books for selling books, and especially to all those who came out to celebrate Phoebe G. Green and grab a little food inspiration to take home. It was a memorable event.
Also, I held a raffle for two free signed books and the kids had to write down their favorite school lunches to enter. Here are some of the fantastic entries I received. Who says kids only like pizza and chicken nuggets? Phoebe would be proud. Now I'm hungry for lunch!
"A muenster cheese and salami sandwich."
"Honey ham, goat cheese, and lettuce on sourdough bread, with pineapple and a blueberry tart."
"Wraps with any protein, pickles, and crunchy lettuce."
"A salad with carrots, chickpeas, and apples, and a small water."
"Bacon grilled cheese."
"A panini sandwich with an apple."
"Falafel and tzatziki."
"Macaroni and cheese with salted broccoli."
"Sourdough, dill cashew "cream cheese," sliced tomato, shitake, bacon, and arugula."