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I received a message from my son this morning about hot sauce which has caused me to reflect on the party that kicked off our summer–The Mad Hungry Cravings book party.
We made the MHCravings Paw Paw Pepper sauce to put in our goodie bags. Turns out, this several weeks later, folks are savoring the last drops of their hot sauce gift and asking for more! We’ll have to kick back into production on that one.
As with planning any party, once the location is set–the menu makes it all come together and we had some awesome ingredients to make ours special. We figured a little something from the new book (Summer Roll Salad and Tito’s Handmade Vodka-infused Jiggle Shots) a little something from my Authentic Jamaican book (jerk chicken sandwiches with mango chutney and Appleton’s Rum Punch), a favorite hard cider collection from Angry Orchard and pretty much one of the best American beers, Dogfish Head. Capping everything of with a sweet we served Banana chocolate chip Ice cream sandwiches (filled with Lo’s crazy cinnamon-rum ice cream) AND for all night nibbling, Shagbark Seed and Mill corn chips. To keep everyone hydrated and happy we also had bottles of my absolute-hands-down favorite coconut water, Harmless Harvest. Like any great party, an eclectic music mix on Spotify was compiled by a combo of sons and colleagues to keep everyone rocking.
I was so happy to serve some of my favorite foods and drinks to family, friends and colleagues. So many folks chipped in to help make this party happen, which I seriously could not have done on my own. Sitting here on vacation–with some time to relax and reflect–I have such gratitude and thanks for everyone who contributed to the celebration of this latest book Mad Hungry Cravings–and with whom I have had the good fortune to work with in doing so.
PS- This is a perfect menu to say goodbye to summer to (food, drinks, and music!). Below are the recipes we served, straight from MH.Com: