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Two Story Cafe 
 
Oct. 15, 2011 12:07 pm 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2011 7:09 am

  



Two weekends ago I co-catered my very first


event with the help of my husband's aunt. 


I've been cooking as a volunteer at at local


youth center off and on for several years so I


have cooked for larger groups of people


before.  Two Story Cafe is an annual


multidisciplined artists' showcase put on by


the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective, this


was it's fifth year.  The event was held for


three nights at the local art centers and as it


was an after dinner event my partner and I


decided to provide an array of cold cuts, raw


vegetables, bannock and sweets.  My partner


was in charge of beverages and savoury food


and I, of course, was in charge of the sweets. 


As it fell just over a week after the autmunal


equinox I picked out a Fall themed menu of


sweets and set to work.  The menu planner


was a life saver when it came time to make a


grocery list.



  


 


The first night was held at a different venue


from the other two and was catered by that


venue.  The next two nights were up to us. 


For both nights I made Pumpkin Pecan


Brownies with a swirl of cream cheese


frosting on top, carrot cake with spiced


cream cheese frosting, Beth's Spicy Oatmeal


Raisin cookies, Zucchini Brownies with


Mocha Frosting, Gingerbread Biscotti with


vanilla glaze, Donut Muffins, and Ginger


Bars with a spiced glaze. I also made a coffee


cake for each night, the first night was a


Raisin Buttermilk Coffee Cake and the


second night was a Pecan Cranberry Coffee


Cake.  My husband's aunt provided


flavoured popcorn in little buckets at each


table, cheese, deli meat, raw fruit and


vegetables, bannock and beverages.  I also


brought along some of my homemade apple


butter that I made in early September along


to serve with the bannock.


 



The event was quite successful.  Over 200


attended through the three day event and the


food was complimented by many.  I've made


several of these recipes before but I was very


impressed with the new ones I tried.  Both


coffee cakes were fantastic and the smell of


the Buttermilk Raisin one (which I baked


fresh and brought warm) almost drove me


mad on the way there.  I did have a minor


mishap with the Pecan Cranberry Coffee


Cake. My pan was on the small side and it


baked over a little. I caught it early and put a


pan underneath to catch the spill and when it


was finished I managed to trim the edges up


nicely enough.  The resulting presentation


wasn't perfect but the flavour made up for it. 







I am having issues linking with my blog lately so I'm going to link my recipes this way today:


 


Pumpkin Pecan Brownies: 

http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62479640/pumpkin-pecan-brownies/detail.aspx<


Carrot Cake III:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/carrot-cake-iii/detail.aspx<


Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beths-spicy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/detail.aspx<

 


Zucchini Brownies:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zucchini-brownies/detail.aspx<

 


Gingerbread Biscotti:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/gingerbread-biscotti/detail.aspx<


Donut Muffins:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/donut-muffins/detail.aspx<


Ginger Bars:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ginger-bars-2/detail.aspx<

 


Raisin Buttermilk Coffee Cake:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/raisin-buttermilk-coffee-cake/detail.aspx<


Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pecan-cranberry-coffee-cake/detail.aspx<


 
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Comments
Oct. 15, 2011 12:41 pm
Oh Sarah May! You are making me so hungry. Great job kid!!!
 
RMSR 
Oct. 15, 2011 1:39 pm
Again, everything sounds delicious! It must feel great to be involved in your community, and giving back in a way you love. I wish I was confident enough in my cooking abilities to put myself out there. You're such an inspiration!
 
Oct. 15, 2011 2:53 pm
Thanks Mauigirl! I was pretty proud of myself when it all came together :)
 
Oct. 15, 2011 2:55 pm
Thanks RMSR, you can do it girl. I hate to pull out the "when I was your age" because I'm really not that much older than you but....;) I was only just starting to cook outside of home then and it really isn't as scary as it seems. Start simple if you decide to try it and work your way to more complex things.
 
Oct. 16, 2011 6:26 am
Great job, Sarah-May! Everything looks luscious and well presented! Kudos to you for volunteering and helping the kids!!
 
Oct. 16, 2011 7:38 am
Thanks Mickdee :) I have to say though that I was paid for this one. The youth center is voluntary but this was a paid gig for IPAC.
 
Amanda 
Oct. 17, 2011 10:39 am
Sounds absolutely fabulous! Will definitely revisit this post when it's time to start thinking about fall get-together. Thanks for sharing! :)
 
Oct. 18, 2011 6:20 am
Thanks Amanda. :D
 
Oct. 19, 2011 6:08 am
looks great...brownies are my all time fav dessert - if I put zucchini in them, they'll be healthy and I can eat more - yeah!
 
Oct. 19, 2011 7:09 am
Thanks GAHSMOMX3. I love those zucchini brownies but they are a cakey brownie. If you like dense and fudgy they're not it. :)
 
 
 
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I'm a self/family taught cook. I love to try new recipes and experiment with exotic ingredients and spices. I have 4 young children and I've been married for 6 years.
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I love curries, yeast breads, (any kind of baking actually) and anything different.
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The pre-Christmas appetizer party that I've started throwing for just my mom and step-dad, my family and my little brother and his family. Chinese Christmas eve at Grandma's, The Harvest feast we throw in September.
 
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