Great news, everyone (especially for those guys in the group)! Mountain Miatas has taken the work out of Valentine's Day for you!
Sally Morgan has graciously consented to host again our annual Chocolate Fest, on Sunday, February 10th, from 2-4 p.m. For those of you who are new to the club or have not attended in the past, this is a date not to miss. This is almost as big as Christmas on our calendar!
Chocolate Fest was originated in February of 2009 as a way to break up the winter blues and get everyone together for a deliciously good time. Over the past few years, it has evolved into one of our favorite and most well attended events. Even past members still come and join us in the fun! Even if you don't care for chocolate, you will certainly enjoy the company of your fellow members. Trust me, this is not to be missed.
You all know how much we like to eat. Chocolate is one of our favorite foods and at this activity, you will find almost every type of the item known to man. I think the only thing that hasn't shown up is chocolate covered insects and I do not encourage that! Last year, Pam Yarnell's chocolate dipped kumquats were a huge hit, we hope they will be making a return this year, as Pat Flanagan's hand dipped strawberries and Sally Morgan's orange chocolate cake. We might even have a committee of judges and award a prize to the best of the best, hostess included. She is known for her baking prowess.
Seriously, if baking or candy making is not your thing, go by the local chocolatier, (several in Turkey Creek and West Knoxvillle) and pick up a sampling. Or bring some good fresh fruit, crackers, wine or coffee. And do not forget your "Glad" tubs to take home goodies in. I remember from the last time Sally hosted, she specifically requested NO leftovers! Everyone gets to take some home. So guys, and gals, get ready and plan a romantic afternoon with your honey cozied up in the Miata on a journey to Sally's wonderful new home to enjoy the fruits of the season. I guarantee you, there is not another event like this one. We may even have to call in a couple of favors from the paramedics in case someone overdoses on all the sweets. Recipes for goodies are highly encouraged to be shared on the forum. Perhaps we can even encourage and request a command performance from our favorite Canadian baker, Cheryl Hering, for her infamous Nanaimo bars. They definitely have chocolate as an ingredient.
Not to scare anyone off, but if you are from the South, you know what I mean when I say "Church Supper." O.K. gang, this is one of those. Bring out your best, even if you don't personally make it. For those in need of a little inspiration, Pinterest is loaded with things, or just give me a call. I always have resources and ideas for these type of things. Prizes will be awarded for best of Chocolate Fest and presentation of product. That opens it up to everyone. You can even make a pound of coffee or a bottle of wine look good for this!
Enough of the rain and the flooding. We are in the middle of January already and looking forward to warm weather and curvy roads. Lets get out in force and celebrate together. What better way to romance your sweetheart or share with a special group of friends the warm feelings of the season?
More to be posted, including specific directions from Sally. See you there!