Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The First MKE Foodie Fitness Fete

A few months ago, my good friend Sheila had the wonderful idea of bringing together Milwaukee area run/fitness/food bloggers and enthusiasts. Her idea eventually evolved into the MKE Foodie Fitness Fete. 

Ready for guests to arrive!

The first event was last week at the Gaslight & Corcoran Lofts in space donated to us by the Mandel Group. It was the perfect spot for the meet-up - plenty of room for everyone, lots of counter space to display food and a great kitchen area for cooking demonstrations.

Catching up with my good friend, Alysha

The evening started with introductions and soon moved into four quick cooking demonstrations. 

 Sheila shows us how to make a delicious pasta salad

James demonstrates an easy dinner recipe

After the demonstrations, it was time to eat! All participants brought a dish or two to share and the food was divided into categories, including Main Course, Pre-Race Food, Post-Race Food, Healthy Dessert, Indulgence and more. I decided to bring Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls and Peanut Butter Mounds Bars - both items that I've made before and have always turned out well.

My Southwestern Egg Rolls/Wontons

Here's a list of food from the event and the person who made each dish:

Sheila: Blue Cheese Walnut Spinach Pasta Salad with Avocado, Mint Cantaloupe Granita & Orange Blossom Lemonade   
Maressa: Pizza Casserole
Sara: Indian Carrot Soup
James: Chicken & Slaw Salad
Nicole: Southwestern Veggie Soup
Laurie: Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sun: Peanut Butter Mounds Bar &
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls 
Kaylie: Profiteroles filled with Mousse
Kat: Red Quinoa Avocado Salad.
Alysha: Cowboy Cookies
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Melissa: Stove Top Salmon Patties
Michelle: Power Scones

As you can probably tell from the list, there were many delicious foods to try. I took a few bites of everything and it was all good! A few of my favorites were the Pizza Casserole, Red Quinoa Avocado Salad, Stove Top Salmon Patties and Profiteroles filled with Mousse. 

Kat's quinoa was extra tasty!

My absolute favorite item from the evening though were the Power Scones. Michelle packaged them up in the cutest little boxes (she's a stationary designer on the side!) and I ate them for breakfast in the following days. These just might have been the best scones I've ever eaten!

How adorable are these??

It was a great evening and wonderful to meet so many like-minded people. As everyone left, Sheila made sure to send us away with flowers and some incredible homemade macaroons!

There's already another MKE Foodie Fitness Fete in the works - this one will focus around the theme of Indulgent Makeovers. We'd love to have more people join us, so if you're interested in attending, send me a message or connect on Twitter and I'll send you the details!

Many thanks to Mandel Group for donating such a great space and to Ly and Capture Life Moments for taking great pics at the event!  

I'm looking for suggestions: What would you bring to an Indulgent Makeovers event? 
- ST


  1. Great recap :) I am obsessed with those scones, I want more!

    1. Me too! I can't wait to try Michelle's recipe :)

  2. What a great recap! Thanks for the FGK shout out and the blog list love. I may be "borrowing" your HTML for that :)

    1. Borrow away! I'm already excited to see what everyone will bring for the next meetup :)