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Commercial Kitchen Tour, Olive Oil Tasting, and Aug 23 Meal Delivery Menu

That is a picture of half of what I’d like for Christmas.  Hopefully Santa’s elves can swing that for me.  Kidding.  Foodbuzz sent me on a commercial kitchen tour and cooking demonstration last weekend at Carrabba’s [1] in Plano.  It was a fantastic event.  I loved their kitchen setup and was impressed by the quality of the food.  I chose the Tag Pic Pac with Grilled Shrimp for my entree.  The shrimp were perfect!  Grilled shrimp can easily be mediocre and these were perfect.  Crunchy, Warm, and Fresh. 

The appetizers were great, the presentation was compelling, and the manager has promised me a full back kitchen tour.  It was a phenomenal event, and their kitchen layout has left me simply salivating.  Carrabba’s totally surprised me, and I loved every bit of the event.

Tessa [2] kindly invited me to an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting at Flavors from Afar [3] on Saturday evening.  Since I absolutely love olive oil and go through it practically by the gallon, this event was right up my alley.  Again a fabulous presentation!  Nancy gave such an informative class and the pictures of her Italian Olive Tours have completely left me longing for olive groves.  I may try to pull off the olive oil harvest at the Texas Olive Ranch in September.  Thank you again Tessa for the wonderful event.  I’ll be featuring my new purchases in upcoming recipes!

Here’s the meal delivery service menu for the week.

Monday:  First day of Kindergarten and L.E.’s Favorite Meal Braised Pork Chops with Lentils and Broccoli (Light 493 calories or 11 pts)

Tuesday:  Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts served with Black Beans and Seasoned Cucumber (Light only 402 calories or 8 pts)  Choose to stuff with fresh mozzarella if feta isn’t your favorite.

Wednesday:  Turkey Chili with Black Beans

Thursday:  Grilled Chicken and Romaine Lettuce Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Lemony Vinaigrette (also Light, I just haven’t done the calorie breakdown yet, send me a note if you’d like it before ordering lane@dinnerandconversation.com

Happy Eating!