Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Full Speed Ahead on Two New Events

Please read below for the details on two new ways to enjoy Olaiya's fantastic cooking and support our fundraising efforts. If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible! We're hoping to renew the good energy around The Full Belly Seattle, and expect both events to fill up quickly. Feel free to invite a friend as well!

Saturday March 29th, 6pm at John's apartment:
The End of Winter, Last Chance for Soup Group
Creamy parsnip soup with almond/parsley pesto
Country butterbean soup with marjoram
(vegetarian or with smoked ham hocks)
Platter of assorted cheeses and rustic bread
Tarte tatin with creme fraiche
A deep and round Cabernet
redesigned at the last minute as an Italian feast... a great success!

And Sunday, April 20th, 11am at John's apartment:
April Flowers Spring Brunch
Blueberry pecan french toast
Fluffy scrambled eggs with chevre
Vegetarian sausage links
Seasonal fruit plates
Tangerine mimosas, coffee and tea
for just $25 per person

Sunday, February 24, 2008


This post serves to recap the financial transactions of The Full Belly Seattle thus far.
We set up our first dinner in June of 2007. Between then and last week's dinner in February of 2008, we’ve hosted six fundraising events. We took in $2,300 dollars at those events, and our costs for groceries were almost exactly $1,300. Therefore, the Full Belly Seattle has just raised its first $1,000! Thank you for all your support!

We’ve used those profits for two $350 Women For Women sponsorships; Beatrice in Nigeria and Sadia in Iraq. And today, we just made a $500 donation to Women for Women to go to their relief efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I’ve never had the privilege to give $500 to anything before. Many of you supporters, like us, have to think in terms of micro-change… giving a few dollars when you can. And maybe we’re still only talking about small changes, but I literally trembled as I clicked the confirmation button, waved goodbye to the five C notes in my mind and prayed that it might change a life or two when it lands on the other side of the world. Thank you for helping give us that opportunity.

The reason our total donations slightly exceed the $1,000 in total fundraising is that Olaiya and I have committed to making our own contributions to this fund outside of our Full Belly profits.

Thank you, and stay tuned for an upcoming invitation to new March and April events!

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Soft Landing

O and I opted to host a very small dinner party last weekend as a gentle start to Full Belly 2008. Since Olaiya is still a week away from finishing her one-month vegan experience, it made sense to try out a fully vegan menu:

Toasted Almonds and Mediterranean Olives
(warmed in an orange peel marinade… mmm…)
Roasted Cauliflower with a Truffle Oil Dressing
French Green Lentils with Fennel
Mangoes Flambe!
And a Dry and Subtle Oregon Chardonnay

Walaka commented it was his favorite Olaiya meal yet… and even begrudgingly enjoyed eating cauliflower for the first time in his life. Since we kept costs low (funny how that happens when you eliminate meat and cheese from the shopping list!) we came close to our $100 per event goal even though our guest list was unusually small.

We have been moved by the recent efforts of Women for Women to help the situation in The Congo. After talking about it, we've decided that instead of continuing with our usual $330 sponsorships, we’re going to start committing our fundraising dollars to W4W’s Congo Relief Fund.

We’re hoping this year to do even more for good causes. We’ve been exploring other event ideas that could possibly increase the amount of money we raise… larger venues, different kinds of events rather than just dinner parties. Olaiya also just catered a fundraising event for a leukemia benefit, giving them a fantastic discount and allowing them to raise thousands for their cause. Please let us know if you have any ideas you’d like to pitch to us!

We’re also looking at finding a school in rural India to partner with. We have a great connection through a recent friendship we’ve made with a former resident of India who has ties back to the rural education community there. As someone who lived there for a year as part of the Rotary Exchange Program, I know just how big an impact we could make with scholarship money and/or supplies for students.