Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just A Taste of Fun This Weekend, Plus Ticket Discount

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Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner and that means that the backlot of Paramount Studios will soon be lined with white tents dishing out some of the tastiest bites from around Los Angeles! The Taste is back and with 4 events, there will certainly be something for all tastebuds!

Score your tickets now and join in on the fun! Want $20 OFF?? Just enter TASTETHANKS at checkout to receive your exclusive discount! Purchase here!

Join Kasey's Kitchen as we post live via Instagram and Facebook all the sweets, the savories, and the sips!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kasey's Kitchen 5 Year Bloggerversary Bash!

If you follow along on Facebook and Instagram, you'll know that I recently celebrated the 5 Year "Bloggerversary" of Kasey's Kitchen! Holy Moly... I can't believe it myself! In honor of the milestone, I teamed up with Sugarfina in Beverly Hills to host a sweet soiree filled with fans, followers, friends and delicious food!

My friend and supporter Nika of Sugar Studio created the most amazing presentation cake for Kasey's Kitchen. It had everything I could have asked for, my logos, polka dots, some sparkle and a bow! Pure perfection!

Rounding out the sweets, Nika also prepared some mini sweets such as Mango Buttercream Cupcakes, Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts, Coffee Buttercream Cupcakes, and Marscapone Tarts topped with fresh berries. Every bite was exquisite!

A special thanks to our bartender Jen who poured our specialty cocktails made with Cascade Ice Water and Revel Spirits! We whipped up a Simple Paloma, a Turquoise Tonic, and a Sparkling Sangria! Recipes for those tasty libations will be up on the blog soon, so stay tuned!

I am so grateful for the support system I have. The guest list was filled with friends, fellow bloggers, and some of the wonderful sponsors I've worked with over the years. Without them, this event wouldn't have been the same. Literally, some of them were helping me stuff goodie bags right before the party started! :-)
Speaking of which, what is a party without a killer swag bag?! A special thanks to Treat Street, Revel Spirits, Cascade Ice, Stonefire Flatbread, Petite Baker, Sugar StudioLorna Jane, Shoe Bakery, Magee's, Salem Baking Company, Call Me Cookie, and Pretzel Crisps for making these bags so delicious!

Even at my own party, I have to keep my "Food Blogger" hat on! The cake was too perfect not to show off at every possible chance!

Obviously my wardrobe for this event had to match the Kasey's Kitchen brand and that meant the perfect shade of turquoise! Thank goodness that my favorite designer, Lilly Pulitzer had just the dress for the occasion!

However, no outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes, am I right? Shoe Bakery came to the rescue and created the most amazing pair of custom heels to replicate the icing on a cake. They were without a doubt a show stopper. I don't think I've ever had so many pictures taken of my feet before! 

Again, a huge thank you to all the partners who participated in this wonderful event. And a big thank you to all the guests who came out and showed their support for this crazy dream of mine!

Stay tuned for some recipes from the events and check out more photos from the event on Facebook!

Cheers to the next 5 years!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Protein Packed Peanut Butter Banana Bowl

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Last week I had a chance to check out The Harvest Bar in Sherman Oaks. This Superfood Cafe, tucked into a small shopping complex along Ventura is turning out some of the freshest and healthiest concoctions in the city! From Acai to Quinoa Bowls, this beach-side community trend has finally made it's way inland, and it is delicious! 

I had the opportunity to try the Sweet Greens Smoothie packed with kale, spinach, banana, spirulina, dates (omitted in mine so my throat didn't close up), chia seeds, acai, and apple juice. This was definitely the way to ease into the greens!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

International Can-It-Forward Day Plus Simple Pickled Veggies!

You may not know this but, tomorrow is International Can-It-Forward Day! Yup, that's right, there's a whooooole day to celebrate all the deliciousness that can be sealed up tight into one adorable jar.

International Can-It-Forward DayJoin Ball Jars on Saturday, August 16, for International Can-It-Forward Day Hosted by judge of Bravo’s Top Chef Hugh Acheson! Now in its fourth year, Can-It-Forward Day will contain a variety of exciting ways to join in the fun. New this year, Can-It-Forward Day will become International Can-It-Forward Day with special events taking place in Canada, Australia and South Africa! Learn more about the event here.

Below is one of my favorite pickling recipes that allows you to savor those vibrant summer veggies long into those upcoming Autumn months. But first, get your hands on this amazing prize pack from Ball including 2 Cases of Limited Edition Green Heritage Jars (2 sizes), Fresh Herb Keeper, Dry Herb Jars, Frozen Herb Starters, 5 Blade Herb Scissors and The Blue Book.
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Savor those favorite vegetables all season long with this easy pickling recipe.

2-3 large carrots
1 large parsnip
1 large cauliflower floret
1 yellow or orange pepper
6-8 cloves of garlic
fresh dill
2 c white vinegar
2 c white sugar
1 tbsp whole black peppercorn
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt

More Than Just A Little Dinner Music... LAFW Preview


A night of music, culture, and cuisine collide on Saturday, August 23 in Downtown Los Angeles as headline performer Common takes over the stage at the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

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As you may have heard, Kasey's Kitchen has been invited back to LA Food & Wine to cover all the delicious excitement! The festival just announced that Common will be headlining on the Main Stage. Read on for more details!  

WHAT:           The fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will once again take over Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Ave. fromAugust 21-24, 2014bringing an electrifying evening of beats and bites, including a marquee performance from multiple Grammy-winning recording artist, Common on Saturday, August 23, 2014.  Opening for Common that night will be a live performance from African children’s ensemble amaWolseley Marimbas. Both performances will round out the weekend of festivities on the festival’s main stage, located on Grand Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets.   Common, will perform hits from his recently released tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling, along with songs from his previous recordings. An appreciation of great food and respect for the diverse L.A. dining scene and its talented culinary artists inspired the collaboration with the festival for Common’s performance.

 The city of Los Angeles, long known as a mecca for creative talent from every background in a diverse array of fields, once again has whole-heartedly thrown its support behind the festival. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has praised Los Angeles Food & Wine for its positive impact on the city, saying "Our diversity and surging neighborhoods have put our city at center of the food world and this year's Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival will put attendees on the front lines of L.A.'s culinary revolution."

Additional performances will include the amaWolseley Marimbas, who first came together in September 2012, when they were discovered in the rural townships surrounding Wolseley in South Africa’s Witzenberg Valley.  None of the children had ever heard or seen a marimba prior to the auditions, but were selected based on rhythm and then taught to play. The eight current members (14-15 years old) now regularly perform at live events in South Africa and throughout the United States

Los Angeles Food & Wine festival co-founder and CEO David A. Bernahl II praised the upcoming performances, saying, “Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival continues to celebrate the second-to-none culinary and cultural diversity that is LA. We see no better way to honor that eclectic electricity than a world class mash up of Grammy award winning artist Common and a group of ridiculously talented kids from the other side of the world.”  

The critically acclaimed Common, and the amaWolseley Marimbas, are a great complement to the four-day epicurean fête produced byCoastal Luxury Management, also the team behind Pebble Beach Food & Wine.  The festival is presented by founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, as well as major partners Chase, Delta Air Lines, JENN-AIR, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Los Angeles Food & Wine continues its position as the only homegrown festival to provide Angelenos and visitors unparalleled access to the food industry’s most celebrated local and national stars.

As guests sample one-of-a-kind gourmet creations, discover new and unique wines and enjoy a performance by Common, attendance will help to end childhood hunger in Los Angeles and across America with the festival’s live auction benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign–-a national effort to end childhood hunger in the United States. Tickets for the gastronomic gathering are available on-line and at the door to each event, pending advance sales. Up-to-the-minute information on participants, event line-up, media credentials, and purchasing tickets is available at www.lafw.com

WHEN:           Saturday, August 23
·         7-10 p.m.: “Lexus Live on Grand” (Grand Ave. between 1st and 2nd St)
·         Hosted by Michael Chiarello, including live musical performances from Common and the amaWolseley Marimbas
 WHERE:         Downtown Los Angeles on Grand Ave., between 1st St. and 2nd St. (in front of the Disney Concert Hall)
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Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from founding partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JENN-AIR, and Delta Airlines, in addition to Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amidst one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Herrmann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.lafw.com or call 855.433.LAFW. The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and other L.A. based charitable endeavors.

*Press Release Courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide