An Appearance by the Queen …and Princess of Tarts

Posted November 11th, 2010 in In the Kitchen, Posts

Last Saturday my daughter Kaitlin and I had a vendor booth at the Taste of Home Cooking Show Tour in Sacramento.  It was a blast and I sure could not have handled the crowd without the assistance of the “Princess”.  (As most of you know this blog is a family affair-Allison helped me make the aprons!)

This event is a traveling cooking show put on by the magazine “Taste of Home” and was promoted by CBS radio and the major local sponsor was Raleys/Bel Air (where you can buy all the ingredients for the recipe!). Their chef’s prepare recipes from the magazine offering cooking tips and suggestions as they go.  Attendees get a goody bag filled with samples and coupons from the sponsors that support the tour and the magazine.  The show is from 6:30 to 8:30 but people start showing up at 4:00 to be first in line when the doors open at 4:30. They want to get a front row seat and have ample time to sample from the vendors.  There were about 800 attendees and I think we were the only vendors sampling food so; needless to say we were quite popular! We had a line of about 100 people for two solid hours.

We served mini tarts made for us by a wonderful caterer, Dave Hanson from “Off the Vine Catering”. He was a genius and used mini fillo cups as the vessel to hold the wonderful Oregon Fruit. These mini fruit tarts were delicious, super easy, low fat and a real crowd pleaser. You could make these for a holiday party or a work potluck and you will be a hit, I guarantee it!

Just before the intermission we actually saw one gentleman RUN to be first to our table. We were pretty proud of that!

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