Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Work Together, Play Together: Celebrating Our First Monthly Dig and Dine!

Fresh fruit salad caps off our delicious spread

At Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, we care about community building! And what better way to do so than getting together and having a good time? Last week we held our first monthly Dig and Dine, and  we had an absolute blast! Community members joined us in the garden for an hour of fun in the soil and sun, followed by a delicious feast out on our back patio.

The party is just getting started!
Staff member, Hannah, shows kids a thing or two about kale
Hub staff and interns took turns in the kitchen all day preparing and, when 5 o'clock rolled around, we were ready to get our hands dirty and work up an appetite. We had helpers young and old, and  together we planted, weeded, prepped and pruned, getting our garden in tip top condition. At 6 o'clock, we headed around back. 
Hub interns enjoying the fruits of their labors
If you're wondering what you missed, a wood sorrel "lemonade" cooled and refreshed our gardener guests and a hearty spread filled their hungry bellies. The flavors of oven-roasted root vegetables with garden-fresh herbs, naan bread still warm from the oven, Mujadara (a Lebanese dish of rice and lentils with cumin and caramelized onions) with a delicious accompaniment of yogurt sauce with cumin, coriander and garlic were in perfect harmony, and a salad of mixed greens and radishes from our Butler garden provided a palate cleansing finish. With a fresh fruit salad for dessert, we all left feeling nourished in our bodies and in our hearts.

One, two, yummy!
One of our little helpers shows off her adorable smile
Hannah struggling to outrun her "Duck duck goose" opponent
Lively conversation in Spanish and English, and the joyous squeals of children playing "Duck, Duck, Goose" sprinkled the evening air. As dinner came to a close, everyone pitched in to pack up leftovers and to tidy up the patio. The evening was productive, nourishing, and just plain fun!

If you want to experience the fun first-hand, come by for our next one, Thursday June 30th at 5 pm!
See you next time! 

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