July 02, 2013

Farewell Party - Food Blogger Style

I feel fortunate to have met so many wonderful food bloggers in the Milwaukee area over the past couple years.  It's hard to imagine that I'll meet a similar group of ladies in Miami.  This past weekend, Inger hosted a fun farewell party for me.

Her backyard was perfect for the party and having just flown in from Miami that morning, I really loved being outside in the cooler Wisconsin weather. 

Food blogger get-togethers are often potlucks, as you can imagine, and as someone else said this was our best spread yet.

The grill was used for a couple items, including stuffed portabellas made by Erica and kabobs made by Inger.  I appreciated that Inger made a vegetarian version with tempeh. 

Summer is perfect for salads.  Molly brought an orzo salad, while Lisa brought a quinoa salad.

The dessert options were fantastic.  Abby's mini double chocolate almond cakes had everyone amazed.  No one would have guessed they were vegan.  Alysha made homemade blackberry ice cream and Molly made an apricot nectar cake.

We sipped sangria made by Inger while chatting the afternoon away and that's just one of many recipes that I'm not-so-patiently waiting for.  Here's hoping they're posted soon :)

Inger had a great idea for a going-away gift, each blogger signed an apron for me.  Several of us commented that it had been ages since we'd last used puffy paint, such a fun idea!  My new kitchen in Miami is comically small but I still can't wait to rock this new apron!

I also left with other thoughtful gifts, including one with a Trader Joe's theme and a collection of great local products.  I like most ciders I try, but Newton's Folly from Vermont is one of my favorites.

I was excited to find treat bake shop goodies, Becky's caramels and savory salt from The Scrumptious Pantry in another gift bag.  I was introduced to treat candied pecans at a Milwaukee blogger book club event last year and was immediately hooked.

I sought out Becky's caramels after hearing Lori rave about them and have bought many, many since then.  The Scrumptious Pantry products came into my world the most recently after attending a cooking class at Glorioso's.  Really love the quality of Lee's products!
I also love that Lisa saved two recent copies of the Food section from our local paper.  This particular issue contained a great summer side dish article written by Alysha that she interviewed me for, as well as the recipe for marizpan cookies that I requested from Field to Fork. 


  1. We will all miss you so much, Karis! You actually are responsible for bringing us all together as a group, so thank you for that and for hosting so many great parties at your house.

    I am sure I will see you again before you leave permanently for Miami! Maybe we can have dinner at Meritage?

  2. Nice pics! Fun day too. I agree with Lisa, you were our group leader and hostess with the mostess! Meritage sounds good for a last hurrah.

  3. Great post--we're going to miss you (our "ringleader") so much! I'm glad that we'll have another chance to get together before you go--and of course that you'll have the work trips back!

  4. Thank you for making Treat Bake Shop a part of the local gift basket! I hope you enjoyed the Treat Mix!!

  5. Can't wait to see some tropical recipes. :)

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  9. nice pictures.. all this food seems so amazing.. i want you to shares some recipes also.. there are some places in Delhi also you should for vegetarian food.. you should definitely try those