Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cooking Club Love

Nearly two months ago four girlfriends and myself started a cooking club. Our first meeting consisted of three of us sitting around a table in our friend's bistro talking about guidelines, administration management, the host's responsibilities and generally talking shop about club business. It wasn't a grueling meeting. Nothing mind boggling was discussed or Earth shattering was decided.

What did happen though, was we realized how serious this little group could become. And at the end of the hour, three women walked away wondering if she could hold her own.

All along I have stressed that each member needed to commit to one meeting per month and that the club is not and never will be a competition. No. If this was going to work at all, these were two elements that needed to shine. If one of us could not commit to getting together one day a month (that's one day out of 30), then she was too busy to include this in her life and should wait until she could take on an additional activity. Secondly, the club needed to offer a supportive and enthusiastic environment where no stress or pressure would be placed on one by another. Competition can be healthy, but for five women who all have varying degrees of ability, likes, equipment and space it needed to remain relaxed.

We could do it! I knew we could. And we did. We all agreed on a date for the first two months and launched a Google groups page where we could stay connected virtually. The date was set, the theme established and five women committed to her best effort all so we could have one night when it was just us, to relax and eat and enjoy each other's company.

On Sunday, 28 February we got together for our first of many incredible cooking club meetings.

If someone asked me if I there was anyone or anything that would have made that night any better, I would in all honesty say no. It was a perfect night and we were the perfect cooking club.

It wasn't just the food, which was amazing. It was the combination of friendship and food which was exactly what I needed and exactly what I imagined when thinking how wonderful it would be to start a cooking club. All of the effort and attention and humor and friendship made a recipe for the perfect night.

So here's a big public thank you shout out to my cooking club girls! A marvelous group of women, with phenomenal talent and an endless appreciation for food.


The Flour Garden is launching a virtual Cooking Club. Location is not a problem. All you have to do is prepare one recipe a month by the designated host and post your masterpiece on the group forum page. Interested? Complete our form and help us name the group!

What do you think? Are you up for the challenge?

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