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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:<

Carrot Cake III:<

Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:<


Zucchini Brownies:<


Gingerbread Biscotti:<

Donut Muffins:<

Ginger Bars:<


Raisin Buttermilk Coffee Cake:<

Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake:<

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Oct. 15, 2011 12:41 pm
Oh Sarah May! You are making me so hungry. Great job kid!!!
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.
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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