Soon Spoon Pop up w/ PHaDe Food Labs

There is something so stimulating about fresh seasonal fare hitting your nostrils and tastebuds on a rainy night, huddled in a warm apartment, amidst laughter and conversation. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spent my Saturday night, surrounded by 6 other bloggers and one rather famous “twitter-er” (if that’s what they are called). The occasion? A pop-up dinner hosted by a new Start-up referred to as Soon Spoon. Soon Spoon connects foodies with local fine-dining restaurants in Boston and helps YOU obtain a last minute reservation. If you sign up, you will receive a notification as reservations become available by either email, twitter, or text. Hmm– notifications about opportunities to dine last minute at Boston’s most-booked restaurants? Yup- count me in!

Farmstead Table, Puritan & Co, Tupelo, Stir, Menton, Clio, and Uni are just a few of the restaurants Soon Spoon has partnered with
for reasons such as, they are highly creative, small, and special. These restaurants focus on hospitality above all as well as focus on detail and seasonal ingredients to provide their customers with the best dining experience. You certainly won’t find Legal or Morton’s on their list ( not that they aren’t special too, but you know what I mean.)

People who frequently book with Soon Spoon will have the opportunity to receive points as a reward that they can use to attend pop-up dinners- which are completely free! However, cancel a reservation? Bye-bye points!

So, I was invited to attend one of their pop-up dinners, catered by PHaDe Food Labs who served us 6 courses with 6 wine pairings. What’s not to love about that? Plus, the food was spectacular! We arrived around 6:30pm for assorted amuse bouches and wine.  Dinner was served at 7pm, with the first course featuring an Arugula + Beet + Goat cheese salad- a perfect pairing of flavors, textures, and colors. The menu had been thought over for days, tweaked, and finally cooked and served to perfection. Each meal was intricately designed and artistic, such that it pleased both the eyes and palate. Our second dish was a Nantucket Bay Scallop “Sea and Sand” dish that was my absolute favorite. It was my second experience with gastronomical cooking, which includes cooking with modern tools and manipulating ingredients so that they are presented outside of their usual form. This dish in particular included a sea “foam,” and brown butter powder as the sand. It was spectacular and incredibly unique.

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Next came out the Maccheroni and Lamb Ragu with Cacao nibs. A perfect balance of sweet and savory, soft and crunchy. What I loved most about the chefs were that they paid particular attention to colors on the plate as well as flavor combinations. I especially enjoyed the 2011 Barbera/Croatina – Cordani La Magia, that accompanied this dish.

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Slices of tenderloin sat over a blue cheese puree for our fifth course, paired with smoky asparagus and topped with tidbits of sea salt. This was paired with a 2012 Merlot/Cabernet Calluna from California.

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Lastly, what meal would be complete without dessert? Caramelized banana + Miso Chocolate and something known as “shroombread,” rounded this meal out. Although everyone but me couldn’t seem to get enough of the dessert, it was a little to savory for my tastebuds and I found a heavy mushroom flavor coming through. Nonetheless, I appreciated the synergy of the sweet and savory dish and overall the entire experience was one I will never forget. I can’t give enough credit to Soon Spoon for their innovative idea, generosity, and the chefs at Phade who cooked such a lovely meal for us all.You can book PHaDe for a private event in your home using Kitchensurfing  and follow them on Twitter.

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On our way out, as if we weren’t already treated like royalty, we all received a parting gift of chocolates wrapped in a petite brown box and sealed with a pink ribbon. Inside were the most delectable truffles provided by Chocolee and handcrafted by Lee herself.

Between the cozy brownstone apartment, foodie enthusiasts, endless glasses of wine, generous hosts, and a few incredible chefs, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my life. One that cannot be understood unless experienced for oneself. So, if you want in on this secret feeling provided by such an experience, I suggest you sign up for Soon Spoon because you can expect many more dinners like this one! You can also follow them on twitter! Here’s to spontaneous dining!

 

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It’s 2014! Live Life in Style

Okay so I almost never post about jewelry BUT it is a new year and that means a new wardrobe. Plus being a merchandiser for the super chic Chloe and Isabel dictates that I must post at least once 😉 With 40% off Chloe + Isabel favorites, there has never been a better time to shop. Plus I want to fill you in on what C+I is all about!

About 

From its studio in downtown NYC, 
Chloe + Isabel designs high-end chic, wearable jewelry with every woman in mind. “Chloe” represents the daring trend-seeker in us, while “Isabel” embodies timeless, refined style. Collections feature hand-sculpted metals, semi-precious stones, vintage-inspired castings and Swarovski crystal accents. 

*Lead-safe

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*Hypoallergenic

What more could you ask for? Oh- yeah everything comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. 

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Featured in popular print and online publications, such as Lucky, Vogue, In-Style, Glamour, and Us Weekly, Chloe + Isabel jewelry has been widely recognized by the fashion community. Everything is designed, and sourced locally by their in-house New York design team, which has over 35 years of experience from the top fashion houses. Additionally, the jewelry is produced at the world’s best known fashion jewelry manufacturer, who also creates fashion jewelry for brands like Neiman Marcus, Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman. 

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We offer fast shipping and a $5.95 flat rate
Shipping on orders over $100 is free!

 
Free & Easy Returns
If for some reason you don’t love what you’ve bought, you can return unworn items (in resalable condition; excluding final sale). 30 day cash, 90 day credit
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Interested in hosting a pop-up?

 Take advantage of our “Friends With Benefits” program by hosting a Chloe + Isabel Pop-up Shop with me! Having a Chloe and Isabel Pop-up Shop is a fun and easy way to earn tons of FREE Chloe and Isabel jewelry while shopping with your friends and family! As if you needed an excuse to shop… check out how much we love showering our Hostesses with gifts… 

As a Hostess, you will get…

  • $50 in free jewelry credits for every $200 in pop-up shop sales
  • Plus an exclusive piece of jewelry when your pop-up sales reach $400!

In addition, we will hold a raffle during your Chloe + Isabel party and one of your lucky guests will win $25 off their first purchase of $75 or more! 


So, How do I become a Hostess?
It’s easy! Just send me an email to me at skeys@syr.edu and include:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Pop-up Shop Preference (online or in-person)
  • Your location (city/state)

Expert Tips for Hosting an amazing Pop-up Shop

  1. Pick a Theme for your event
  2. Invite everyone you know (typically 1 out of every 3 guests RSVP yes)
  3. Serve refreshments or a tasty treat!
  4. Share your custom Chloe and Isabel Pop-up Shop Online link to collect orders from people who cannot attend before the event.
  5. Have a great time trying on jewelry and socializing!

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You can check out my boutique at chloeandisabel.com/boutique/shelbykeys