LARC, is a local not for profit that provides residential, day support, and community services to a diverse population of consumers with a variety of developmental disabilities. One of their fundraisers is the annual Festival of Trees, where local businesses donate decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday inspired items to be auctioned off.
Last year, Founders did a Cookie inspired tree – we collected family favorite cookie recipes from our staff and created a cookbook. The tree was decorated with recipe cards, cookie cutters and more! It was such a big hit not only with LARC but with the staff we decided to do the “food theme” again!
This year it’s all about Picnics. The theme was inspired by our Friday summer picnics here at the office. The bosses were the grill masters and the staff took turns bringing in their family favorite side dishes and desserts. We ate like Kings & Queens all summer long! Yes, we will be doing the cookbook again this year. If you would like a copy of “Picnics – a Collection of recipes from the Founders staff”, they will be available at our offices for our clients and friends after December 1st.
Here is a sneak peek
1 pound corkscrew pasta
1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup freshly chopped dill leaves
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
7 ounces crumbled feta cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse. Set aside.
In another large pot of boiling salted water, add the asparagus and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or a spider and shock in icy cold water. Remove from the water and dry well.
Trim the ends of the asparagus and cut into bite-size pieces on the bias.
Whisk together the mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Combine the reserved asparagus and pasta in a large serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, dill, peas, feta, and the mustard dressing. Toss with tongs to coat the salad well. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
Please support LARC by coming to the Festival of Trees and bidding on some fabulous holiday items!
The 11th Annual LARC Festival of Trees will be hosted and held at Valerie Manor, 1360 Torringford Street, Torrington from Wed Nov. 21st (closed Thanksgiving), then Friday Nov. 23rd through Sunday Dec. 2nd. If you wish to submit a display, please call LARC at 860-482-9364 for an entry form. Displays can include artificial pre-lit trees, tabletop trees, holiday items, gift baskets, and gift cards. Thank you for your support!
Calendar of events:
Mark your calendars for exciting theme nights at this year’s Festival of Trees:
Nov 21 – Chamber Young Professional Night (6-7 PM)
Nov 23 – Hot Chocolate & Cookies (6-7 PM)
Nov 24 – Ugly Tie & Sweater Night (3-4 PM)
Nov 25 – Caroling (3-4 PM)
Nov 26 – LARC Appreciation Night (4-6 PM)
Nov 27 – “Grinch” Story Night (6 PM)
Nov 28 – Family Story Night (6 PM)
Nov 29 – Make an Ornament Night (6-7 PM)
Dec 1 – Gift Wrap Night (4-6 PM)
Dec 2 – Closing Party & End of Silent Auction (3-5 PM)