Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Monsoon" Mediterranean Greenheart Dinner Saturday July 19th

 Yes, monsoon season has arrived, and will provide the perfect backdrop for our Mediterranean dinner on Saturday, July 19th at La Mariposa Resort on the east side of Tucson.  We are fortunate to be able to have the beautiful Starlight Room as a setting - it's air-conditioned, of course, and has lovely vistas - so let it monsoon outside - we'll love it!

Time is now short, and we have a few remaining seats (some of our "regulars" are away on trips).  Please contact us as soon as possible; no later than Saturday, July 12th, if you'd like to attend.  

We are so proud of this menu!  This is the dinner we served in Sierra Vista in April.  (Scroll down for the photos from that evening.)  Some of those guests are driving to Tucson so that they can have the dinner again!

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.  Ted and I will be using many of his fresh garden herbs, as always.


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
w/Sofrito & Aiolli
Ted's special Toasted Millet side dish
Stuffed Grape leaves
Jicama and mint garnish 

Dessert:  Tiramisu (raw)
Beverages: 2 kinds of Iced tea ---- Bar service also available at La Mariposa

The cost is $35 per person, R.S.V.P. by 7/12/14 please.
For more information please e-mail or call me, thanks!
Alaine@GreenHeartBakery.com          (520) 954-2409

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Green Heart Dining Club Dinner, Sierra Vista, April 12th

We had the most beautiful dinner to date at our friends' lovely home in Sierra Vista (Lorilyn and Jon's) on Saturday, April 12th.  Lorilyn has great taste and loves to entertain, and she could not have been any more gracious, generous, or set the tables any more beautifully than she did.

Lorilyn's table settings which made the perfect setting for our special dinner
Our 35 dinner guests enjoyed a watermelon gazpacho for a first course that was cool and refreshing. The second course was a plate of Baba Ghanoush (eggplant dip) and Hummus made with Roasted Red Peppers, giving it a pretty color.  There was quite an assortment of fresh veggies on the plate:  radish "flowers", red onions, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, slivers of red bell peppers, and we had Kalamata olives on the tables for those who eat them to help themselves.  Whole wheat lavash bread was served on the side except to our gluten-free guests; they had crackers.


Unveiling the vegan paella
The Paella was our main dish, with gluten-free oil-free vegan sausage, fennel, eggplant, cauliflower, peas, mushrooms, yellow squash, tomatoes and saffron.  I made a Sofrito sauce of plum tomatoes and Spanish onions and smoked paprika - but without the usual oil.  For the aiolli sauce as the garnish on top, I made a vegan mayonnaise base and added fresh lemon, garlic and saffron for color and more flavor.  That recipe is below:

Recipe for Aiolli

2 - 3 cloves garlic
1 12.3 oz. box extra-firm MoriNu tofu

2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon agave
2 - 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
juice of 1 - 2 fresh lemons
1/2 teaspoon saffron

Peel the garlic cloves and put in food processor. Process, stop, scrape down sides and process again, until the garlic is finely minced.  (Alternatively, you can use a garlic press to crush the garlic.)  This will not be cooked, and so you will be biting into raw garlic - that's why you want it finely minced or crushed.

Cut the box of tofu open with scissors and add, processing until smooth.  Add all remaining ingredients and blend.  Taste and adjust - you may want more lemon juice (or more garlic, which would have to be crushed before adding it at this point). You could also be creative:  add pepper, or even Himalayan salt or salt substitute, if you wish (I did not use any for our dinner).

Refrigerate at least one hour before eating.  The flavors will intensify.  The saffron threads will gradually "dissipate" in the sauce, turning it yellow.  Stir the sauce well after it has chilled to even out the color.

This keeps, covered, in the refrigerator for one week.  Any water that separates can be drained, or stirred back in to the sauce.



Our two young helpers with the last-minute fresh veggies
On the side of the paella was a Roasted Millet dish that Ted made that had great flavor thanks to the roasting, and great texture, thanks to the rice cooker.  Grape leaves stuffed with brown Basmati rice and yellow raisins, flavored with fresh lemon and lime were on the plate, as was a fresh jicama and fresh mint (from our garden) garnish - also made by Ted. Yes, some guests were "stuffed" at this point, and we had "to go" containers, too.

Lorilyn and I - longtime friends since our youth in Hollywood.  You could not ask for, or imagine, a better friend than Lorilyn!  She really knocked herself out for our dinner to help make it the big success that it was.


Some of our guests, enjoying themselves
After a short break, dessert was served: Key Lime Uncheesecake.  Someone let us know whose birthday it was, and we all sang to her - Lorilyn had candles!



The Key Lime Uncheesecakes - the very same that Huell Howser of "California's Gold" featured years ago on his show, at the Hollywood Farmers Market.  In other words - a classic.

At the end, we all agreed to do it again!  We'll need to be indoors during this hot summer, but by the end of September, we shall have an outdoor feast at Lorilyn and Jon's!  Be sure to email us if you'd like an invitation.

Also - we plan to offer this same dinner menu in Tucson, at La Mariposa, in July.  Let us know if you'd like an invitation!

The new phone number is now 520-954-2409.









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