Time to Funk Run & AAY will STRETCH YOU OUT!!

Just the other day, I had a life affirming experience.  I workout on the daily with this amazing group of fitness professionals.  They keep it fresh and new everyday through various FIIT training routines, that border on the ridiculous for a gal like me. I am challenged every day.

My favorite day is “Sports Day”. We play basketball in the big gym, after a strenuous warm up. If you don’t want to do that, there’s a frisbee option, also very fun.

We got divided into teams; 6×6. I introduced myself to Nyla, who was covering me. After she told me her name, She says ” but they call me Elmer, cuz I’m gonna stick to you like glue.” And she did. At the end we were all sweaty and out of breath and giddy. I asked Nyla how old she is… are you ready?

SEVENTY EIGHT!!  THAT’S WHAY SHE SAID!!  SEVENTY EIGHT!!

Standing next to her was Monet, who piped in “I’m sixty-nine!” And here I am feeling all old at fifty nine. No more!  I love this place, and I want you to know, there are twenty somethings in the class, too! Oh, and one more thing –  the AAY gals are going do the opening stretch for  the 5K Funk Run next weekend on 4.22.18 – Earth Day! Benefitting the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Because kids need music.

This is a super fun event, and if you put a team together for four or more, you can still pay a mere 20$ each for registration.  It goes real fast as it’s only 2.5 miles and it’s a great way to start an Earth Day Sunday!  Bring your kazoo and make some music!

Sign up here! 

All-Star Chef’s Classic Extravaganza

In the beginning of March, I had the most fun I’ve had in forever, three nights in a row.  I got to be the guest of  Pauline, my good friend and  Grand Dame of Good Gracious Catering, at The All Star Chef’s Classic, FOR THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW!!  It was fantastic!

Every night, got better and better! We ended with a celebration of women chefs, and Let it be known, we celebrated the women chefs!

Pauline had  VIP tickets, that put us on the floor next to them, and we left BFFs, everyone of us.

There was so much connection, it was off the charts. For starters, we were four chefs ( in cute hats, if you didn’t notice) and they were all, you know, chefs!  Gabrielle Roth grew up down the pike from me in Pennsylvania.  I loved her book Blood, Butter and Bones.  Her restaurant in NYC, PRUNE,  just published a cookbook and it’s juicy. We bonded over dried corn.

Last summer, Shirley Chung was a special guest at a Toyota of Longo event we were catering.  I made her grits and shrimp recipe for the guests.  I was so slammed I couldn’t look up for the entire event. We had a good laugh about our customers.

I fell in love with Nyesha Arrington.  She’s driven and passionate and open and generally a wonderful human being.  It’s true, I was drinking, but she really impressed me, and her food was delicious.

Truly, all the women chefs’ were amazing, fabulous, perfect.  I’m only sharing the highlights, I could go on and on.

Here’s the menu and a shout out to the other two goddess chefs, Michele Bernstein and Nicole Rucker.

A phenomenal night chefs, thank you!