Thursday, March 20, 2014

Upcoming April Events

Greenheart Dining Club continues with our event schedule for 2014.

Upcoming: we are announcing our Mediterranean Dinner on 2 dates, in 2 locations:  Thursday, April 10th at beautiful La Mariposa on Houghton --- on the east side of Tucson, and also at a private home on Saturday, April 12th in Sierra Vista.  Yes, the dinner is all vegan plant-based, and made w/o oil or salt. Gluten-free diners may attend as only the optional "lavash" bread is made with wheat.  This will be a very special menu:

Fresh Gazpacho Soup
w/ side plate of Baba Ghanoush ( eggplant dip), hummus w/red bell pepper
and served with lavash flat bread and Gluten-free rice crackers
Vegan Vegetable Paella
Millet side dish
Stuffed Grape leaves
Jicama and mint garnish 

Dessert: Alaine's famous Key Lime Uncheesecake
Beverages: 2 kinds of Iced tea ---- Bar service also available at La Mariposa

The cost is $35 per person, R.S.V.P. by 3/25/14 please.

For more information please e-mail or call me, thanks! 
Sierra Vista location for 4/12


 
La Mariposa, Tucson  4/10
Alaine
Tucson, Arizona
323-236-8788
 



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February at Greenheart Bakery

As we move into February there are several things on the horizon that we would like to share with you:

--- FIRST: Our next Greenheart Dining Club event will be coming up on Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014... and it will be a dinner, once again to be held at La Mariposa. If you were with us before, you know that the beautiful grounds, facilities, and patio areas of La Mariposa are spacious and comfortable. 

For this next dinner coming up we are planning on featuring Chinese and Oriental specialties, both vegan and delicious. Although we are still finalizing details, here is a preview of what you may be enjoying:
Tasty Miso Soup
Homemade Spring Rolls w/ sauces
Soba Noodle entree
Herb spiced Brown Rice
Ginger and Radish Garnish
Hot Bancha tea or Herbal Iced Tea
plus a special Dessert
Please note: Fresh Coffee, as well as a selection of other Hot Teas will be available with Dessert

This is not an open event, and is by invitation only. The cost is $35 per person.If you have already been a Guest, or are currently on our mailing list then you should have already received your invitation via e-mail. Please respond as the seating is limited.

If you are not on any of our mailing lists, and would like to find out more about the February 15th Dinner, or receive an invitation, then please send us an e-mail with your inquiry. 

SECOND: We have 3 special events that we will be participating in during the next month:

On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, we will have a vendor's booth at the annual Peace Fair held at Reid Park here in Tucson. We will be selling food specialties, as well as a full selection of our wonderful baked goods there. Please look for us!

On Saturday, March 1st, Alaine will lead a cooking class and demonstration at a private home down in Sierra Vista. The subject will be "Making a delicious Vegan Pizza". If you are interested in attending please call or send an e-mail to find out more. The class will be 3 hours long, there will be food, and the cost is $30 per person.

On Sunday, March 2nd, we will be setting up our regular vendor's booth at The Antique Fair, on the grounds of the Tanque Verde Elementary School out on the east side of Tucson. Normal hours are 8 am to 3 pm. We will be there with our usual food and baked goods selection. Stop by if you can!

THIRD: We have recently made a purchase of some wonderful 100% Organic full grain Blue Corn harvested from this year's crop in New Mexico. If you enjoyed the Blue Corn waffles at our recent Brunch, or have sampled some of our delicious Blueberry Blue Corn Muffins lately, then you know how tasty and nutritious blue corn can be. For anyone interested, we can sell you a 10 lb. bag of this same Blue Corn for $20.00 ( that's $2 a pound) --- in addition we may even grind it into flour for you for an extra charge.

We are also about to order our Organic Triticale as well, so please inquire about the price for that if you are interested. Triticale is a great grain to cook whole and eat; or makes a flavorful flour to bake with. We bake with Triticale and love it. 

FOURTH: If you are planning on ordering something special for this year's Valentine's Day, please try to have about 5 days lead time when placing your request. Please call your order in to confirm current prices, as we are still experiencing difficulties with the PayPal Check Out System on our Bakery Store Page.

AND FINALLY: for some great reading on organic gardening, please check out the following LINK of a story that recently appeared in the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/business/the-elders-of-organic-farming.html

Hope everyone is enjoy this great mid-Winter weather we are enjoying lately!! 

Greenheart Bakery 323-236-8788
e-mail: tucsongreenheart@gmail.com






Friday, January 24, 2014

Sunday brunch at La Mariposa

Greenheart Dining Club recently served a wonderful Brunch this past Sunday, January 19th at La Mariposa on Houghton. 
 

The Starlight Room at La Mariposa


The first guests to arrive enjoyed strolling around the peaceful pond outside, watching the ducks... while others helped themselves to French roast coffee, decaf and hot tea. 

We started our meal with a fresh tropical fruit salad: papaya, banana, pineapple, mango - "dressed" with fresh lime and mango juices. For the main dish we had blue corn waffles, tofu scramble with minced tomatoes, onions and yellow squash. The breakfast potatoes were prepared with red and green bell peppers and red onions. I made a flavorful vegan sausage out of pinto beans, oat flour and herbs --- which was very well-received. 
 

Alaine talks with our Guests


Ted gave a short talk on the health benefits of blue corn, and its rediscovery... and one of our guests, Judi, quipped, "It's a Ted talk!" For dessert we served squares of gingerbread with a maple "cream" on top - these were served in containers that could be taken home, in case people were just too full to enjoy it there. And how great to have a yummy healthy treat later! 

The day was beautiful; the company convivial, and everyone loved the food, of course... not to mention the wonderful and spacious setting of La Mariposa. It was such a success that we resolved to have another brunch in the future!
 

Alaine


Thank you to all of our wonderful guests that attended,

Sincerely,

Alaine

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Greenheart Dining Club Brunch, coming up on January 19th, 2014


Howdy friends,

As the New Year begins here in the Tucson area, The Greenheart Dining Club is very proud to announce the resumption of its special event schedule for 2014.

If you already have been fortunate to be present at any of our previous events, then you know that we combine healthy vegan meals served in a fabulous setting  --- at first hosted at our own home out on the east side of town. We have dined outside on our Arizona territorial-style wraparound porch... and inside by the glow of our quaint and warm fireplace. We have celebrated holiday themes, including the Chinese New Year. We have sampled salads, savored soups, and relished great desserts! We have had fun, made new friends, and renewed acquaintances.

At our most recent Dining Club event that we hosted at La Mariposa back on November 22nd, we served 31 guests... who experienced an unforgettable time for very unplanned reasons. Just as we were about to serve the meal, we were hit by power outage, and so ended up holding the entire dinner by candlelight. Our guests were patient and understanding, and many said that the setting was very romantic, which made the dinner even more enjoyable.

For our brunch this January 19th, we will return again to the Starlight Room at La Mariposa, are hoping for a clear, bright and sunny Sunday morning with no unanticipated electrical problems. If you were with us before, you know that the beautiful grounds, facilities, and patio areas of La Mariposa are spacious and comfortable. If you are not familiar with La Mariposa, please check out their webpage:
 
http://www.lamariposaresort.com/
 
Meanwhile, regarding the brunch itself... Many are curious at to what sort of menu will we be offering, and what is going to make it both vegan and delicious. Although we are still finalizing things, here is a preview of what you may be enjoying:
 
Fresh Fruit Cup
Tofu-Veggie Scramble
breakfast-style potatoes
Vegan Sausage
Blue Corn Waffles w/ Maple Syrup
plus a special dessert
Please note:Fresh Coffee, both regular and de-caf will be included, as well as a selection of Hot Teas
 
 This is not an open event, and is by invitation only. If you have already been a Guest, or are currently on our mailing list then you should have already received your invitation via e-mail. 
 
If you are not on any of our mailing lists, and would like to find out more about the January 19th Brunch, or receive an invitation, then please send us an e-mail with your inquiry.

We hope to hear from you soon, as is your option.

Thank you kindly,
 
and May you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
 
Alaine
Tucson, Arizona
323-236-8788
 
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Gifts and Treats


One week to go until Christmas... but there is still time enough to place an order for some of our wonderful treats for your upcoming holiday party or event. Please give me a call at 323-236-8788 if you are still looking for something special from Greenheart Bakery this season. You can still order Rainforest Cake by clicking here... or click on our BAKERY STORE link for our other selections. Please scroll down through the selections, and be sure to CLICK on the photo of each cake for more details on availability and prices, okay? If you live in the Tucson area you can also arrange to pick up your order directly from us, of course.


Meanwhile...We are still experiencing some technical difficulties with the PAYPAL checkout system, therefore we ask that you please directly call when inquiring about or placing an order.


--- Some other news to report: Greenheart Bakery is also now on ETSY. Please click this LINK to see our Rainforest Cake listing. We are hoping to add more items in the future.


--- We are currently planning to move into a newer commercial kitchen location here in Tucson after January 1st that will afford us better and more spacious baking and cooking facilities. This is very exciting development for us!!
 
 --- We are also planning our next Greenheart Dining Club event... and we are thinking that it will be a Brunch, to happen right after the New Year on Sunday, January 19th, from approximately 10 am until 12 noon.  If you would like to be added to our Dining Club list, please call me, or send us your e-mail address, thank you.

  Please remember that we also cook and prepare meals, as well as special event catering. Please give me a call so that we can discuss your particular needs and concerns.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all,

Sincerely,

Alaine

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The holiday season is upon us...


Well, the holiday season is upon us once again, and we are busy at The Bakery, as usual...

We recently had our Greenheart Dining Club dinner on Friday, November 22nd, and it was a great success. There were 31 guests at La Mariposa, and we served dinner there in The Starlight Room. There was one very unexpected problem, however --- and that was a power outtage that started just as we were serving our first course!  Our sincere thanks go to Steve and Francesca who were able to assemble and light so many candles in such a short time, thus enabling us to continue with the full dinner as planned. We were just finishing the dessert when the lights came back on at about 8:40 pm. We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests for coming, and for enduring the candlelight for almost 2 hours.

We are planning our next Dining Club event... and we are thinking that it may be a Brunch, to happen right after the New Year, as so many are occupied around Christmas time. If you would like to be added to our Dining Club list, please call me, or send us your e-mail address, thank you.

--- Speaking of Christmas: We encourage anyone who may want to order an custom items during this time to plan on placing their order with at least 7 days of lead time. Also, please have your order placed by Dec. 15th if you would like it in time for Christmas, okay? 

This is also the time of year for ordering our popular Rainforest Cake, which is a popular gift item, and one that can also be shipped as well. For more info on how to order a Rainforest Cake, please CLICK HERE.

Also be sure to check the selections available by clicking on our BAKERY STORE link. If you are thinking of ordering a special holiday cake for either Christmas or New Year's, scroll down through the selections, and be sure to CLICK on the photo of each cake for more details on availability and prices, okay?

If you are also considering a different kind of gift idea from Greenheart Bakery... we do have our own printed GIFT CERTIFICATES available, which can always be used toward the future purchase of any of our products.

Please remember that we also cook and prepare meals, as well as special event catering. Please give me a call so that we can discuss your particular needs and concerns.

I hope to be hearing from many of you over the next few weeks... 

Thank you again,

                                  Alaine
                          323-236-8788


                        



 




Thursday, November 7, 2013

November: Greenheart Dining Club and Le Buzz Cafe

We are very pleased to have the date set for our next Dining Club dinner:  Friday, November 22nd.  And we have a venue change:  La Mariposa Resort on Houghton Road (between Tanque Verde and Speedway); this is where I led a Vegan Challenge in September and October.  That went so well; the location is beautiful and comfortable for guests, and La Mariposa would love to have us there.  This dinner is by invitation --- so please write/call if you are interested. CLICK on the LINK below to find more information in a new window:

The Greenheart Dining Club

Le Buzz Cafe (9121 E. Tanque Verde Rd., (next to Safeway) is going to carry some of Greenheart's bakery items for their customers who would like to have vegan, whole-grain, gluten-free, no refined sugar or added oil treats!  They start Friday, November 8th -- and will give it a 3-month trial.  This is special as Le Buzz bakes all their bakery items in-house, and is making an exception.  Many customers have told me they love Le Buzz, but can't find anything to order there except a bagel -- now there'll be options!  You can always call ahead 749-3903 to see what they have.

We are really enjoying the Antique Fair, which is held the first Sunday of the month at Tanque Verde Elementary School.  This past Sunday, we brought Ted's delicious Harvest Vegetable Soup, served with mini corn muffins, as well as hot coffee for the early morning, and iced tea for the afternoon.  We had sandwiches and hummus plates, in addition to layer cakes, muffins, cookies, apricot date bars - something for everyone.  We were glad to see people we'd met last month, and made new acquaintances.  Best comment of the day:  "It's so nice to have something sweet not gunked up with a lot of sugar!"  This from an antique vendor as he bought a number of things to take home with him.

We continue to do Farmers Markets:  Friday at UMC on Campbell from 10 am - 2 pm.  Saturdays at the Loft Cinema from 8 am - noon.  NEW MARKET:  Sundays at Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon from 9 am - 2 pm.  This market is on the south side of Tanque Verde, by Chase Bank in the Santa Fe Square shopping center.  We have the same good produce vendors there that we have at UMC on Fridays -- come check it out!

Also, almost forgot to mention: We are now selling 100% pure Arizona Jojoba Oil from this year's crop. It is organic as well. Ted has been involved with Jojoba Oil since 1982, and his standards are very high. If you are familiar with Jojoba Oil then you know that it is unsurpassed as a natural emollient and moisturizer for skin and hair. This oil is pure and natural --- nothing added, and nothing removed. A 2 oz. bottle is $7, or a 4 oz. bottle is $12 ---while supplies last.

Well, that is the latest from here... Hope to see you all soon!

Thanks,

Alaine