*Photo of Chef Lawrence De Villiers is on its way… :/
We have made a French connection!
Recently, the Lincoln Journal Star featured an article about an entrepreneur who has been making a splash at a Farmers Market. French pastry chef Lawrence De Villiers came to Lincoln from Normandy, France. His story deeply touched my heart. This incredible man and his coming to our part of the world is something of a … well, in my view, it’s a God thing.
Contact info was given so I sent an email, explaining how the Food Stamps Cooking Club makes every effort to support those who depend on public assistance for their food dollars. I recounted how we’ve had Kay Young, the author of “Wild Seasons” who taught us how to eat from our yards; we’ve had a demonstration about canning sauerkraut; we gave a presentation about stocking the pantry and shopping; we even showed a collection of people from a group home how to prepare a simple menu and save money. One chef has sent us tips; another had hoped to do a class but his schedule went awry when their newborn appeared! I invited Chef Lawrence to give a class about crepes and this is what happened:
I had just hit SEND when the phone rang. IT WAS OUR FRENCH CHEF! He spoke with a lovely French accent and said he would be delighted to give a class in the Club House, no less!
Since the arrangements have been put in place, I have been positively breathless! Here’s what GOT me: I offered to supply the ingredients he would need. He responded by telling me that the piece in the newspaper had created a lot of buzz and new business for him. He felt a strong need to give back.
Next month, on October 2, we will host a dozen folks for this event and we hope to video tape it, as well. Chef Lawrence De Villiers will show us the fine points of making crepes and for a special treat, he will make us a Crepes Suzette!
PINCH ME! I MUST BE DREAMING!
Be careful what you wish for…it will appear!
Those of you who lean hard on SNAP or WIC and the EBT cards that go with those programs know how important it is to feel supported. The same is true for people who are using Food Commodities or getting things from a Food Pantry or Food Bank. People who are living on a dime but not using public assistance understand the need to feel appreciated and supported. We are doing what we know to do to help you feed, nutritious food to those you love.
This does not happen in a vacuum. Those Club Members who chat over our proverbial “backyard fence” by leaving comments, those who send emails with great ideas and recipes, and those who stand on the sidelines and cheer us on all contribute to the common good. For all these, Mother Connie’s heart is bursting with gratitude and joy. Thank you, everyone.
It’s a pity we can’t cram the whole Food Stamps Cooking Club membership into our living room…but we’ll do the best we can to share the event via video!
Tomorrow we’ll dip into the mail bag and share some great stuff that you people have contributed. Today we are dancing on the table tops, doing the Happy Dance!
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