Portland: St. Jude Autumn Harvest this Saturday!

St. Jude Autumn Harvest Event in Portland Oregon // A Well Crafted Party

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 4, is the Autumn Harvest fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Some of Portland’s top chef talent will join together to give a progressive Autumnal tasting in hopes of raising funds and awareness for the hospital. The evening will feature live entertainment, flights from local mixologists, and an auction and the chance to experience St. Jude first-hand through local patients. It will also showcase Portland’s finest during a tasting led by 2014 James Beard Award recipient Naomi Pomeroy of Beast. Other featured chefs include:

  • Aaron Barnett, St. Jack
  • Jason French, Ned Ludd
  • Gregory Gourdet, Departure
  • Josh McFadden, Ava Gene’s
  • Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a hospital where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel or food. They believe that all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Personally, I can’t even begin to tell you how important this is… this last year we have been dealing with possible health problems with my toddler son. Our doctors thought he had Cystic Fibrosis . We spent a lot of time in doctor’s offices and even more time on the phone trying to get in to see specialists and dealing with insurance. Now we will be paying off those bills. It has been a lot of worry and stress in our lives. We recently got the news that he does not have Cystic Fibrosis, but they aren’t sure what is causing him to get sick so often and so badly. I felt a small (minuscule) part of what many families are feeling and my heart will be forever changed because of it. Any and all support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will go far in helping families who are in a world of hurt and worry.

I’m excited to be able to share my experience with readers. Look for a blog post about it soon! But, in the meantime… check out more information about St. Judes by visiting the St. Jude website or click over to donate to this cause today.

Weekend in Review: Microsoft, Babysitters, Halloween, and Anthropologie OH MY

I don’t think I stopped for one moment this weekend. It was all fun, but I’m exhausted today!

1) Friday, during the day, I met with my new friend Chelsey, from The Paper Mama, to check out the new Microsoft Surface. We had a nice little lunch and our kids behaved amazingly as we chatted with the Microsoft person about the new tablet. I also picked up the cutest pair of pants for the kiddo from H&M (style post coming sometime soon, I’m sure!) 2) Friday evening our friends Suzannah (from Adventures in Dressmaking) and her husband Jason picked up the kiddo and brought him out while the hubby and I stayed home to prep for our Halloween party. It was weird being at our home without our son. It was also really nice to get something done! 3 &4) Saturday was all about our Halloween Party. Check out A Well Crafted Party this week to see real party posts about the event! 5 &6) Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to craft some of the items for Anthropologie’s holiday window displays! I also was lucky enough to meet up with Macey (Motormouth Studio), Abby (Cheers), and Sam (Sam Rosen).

What did YOU do this weekend?

{Recipe} Raw Vegan Party Menu

My friend Suzannah did all the amazing food for her birthday party. She is on a mostly raw/vegan diet and, while she wanted to make her friends and family comfortable at the party, she also wanted to eat the majority of the party food at her own party!

** Not all of the food on the table was raw/vegan because Suzannah wished to make her guests who were not raw/vegan more comfortable.

I was a little concerned when she said that the party food was going to be mostly raw/vegan. Not going to lie— my hubby and I ate a snack before heading over. :) But, the party food ended up being incredibly tasty and filling! So much, in fact, that I asked Suzannah to share the links to her recipes with you. So, below is a raw/vegan party menu with recipe links. I dare you to try one or two of the recipes at your next party! (There are nuts in a lot of raw/vegan food… if you are having a party where you don’t know if someone has allergies then it might be a good idea to label the food!)

Raw/Vegan Party Menu:
Cabbage Wraps with Taco Nut Meat
Raw Vegan Sour Cream*
Fresh Veggie Plate 
Fresh Fruit Plate
Almonds
Mushrooms
Fresh Guacamole
* Suzannah mentioned that she didn’t like using the Olive Oil in the Sour Cream recipe. She felt like it didn’t taste quite right. I liked it… but, she did add that she has used the following recipes and liked them:
** This was my favorite part of the meal (go figure, dessert!) I forgot to get the recipe that Suzannah used. But, I found this one and it looks to be pretty much what I remembered her saying about the recipe. 

What food restrictions do you work 
with when creating your party menus? 
I just found out that my son is allergic to peanuts… I’ve got a whole new ball game coming with menu planning in the future!
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