A group of 30 Women Who Really Cook members and guests attended the February member meeting hosted by Tamra Kramer, owner of the vomFASS store at the Mall of America. Tamra, her daughter Kristi and long time employee Betsy McGee served up some delicious treats, including Vinagre Deviled Eggs, Bananas Foster Oatmeal and a Yogurt Parfait, all featuring the delicious vomFASS vinegars and oils.
The store features a pretty vast array of products sourced, nurtured and cultivated by responsible growers around the world. Included are balsamic vinegars, olive oils, nut oils, seed oils, wellness oils and infused oils. In their new location at the MOA, they are also able to feature high end spirits and unusual liqueurs.
Tamra talked about her journey to become a part of the vomFASS creative culinary team. She is especially appreciative of Women Who Really Cook which has been a source of employees for her as well as instructors for the wide range of classes offered in the store. Current event schedules for tastings and class details can be found at vomfasstwincities.com/events.
During the meeting, we discussed the annual Sue Zelickson Grant program. Applications are now being accepted and the application form can be found on the WWRC website on the Grant page. Please help spread the word to women students who may eligible to apply for the grant. The application deadline is Monday, April 3.
We also had some brief discussion about a WWRC mentoring program that we’d like to initiate this year. Susan Denzer will be spearheading the effort to define what that might look like. Watch for a brief survey from WWRC seeking your ideas and input and please respond when you receive it.
Sara Bloms, WWRC Membership Director, reminded members to subscribe to the All Member Forum on the WWRC website to keep news from WWRC coming to their inboxes. It’s easy to do and instructions for subscribing and posting are on the Discussion Forum page. Members mentioned several events coming up and the All Member Discussion Forum is the best place to share that information with members not at the meetings.
Sue Zelickson reminded members about the 23rd Annual Food & Wine show happing the weekend of March 3-5. She also encourage involvement by WWRC members in helping out with meal preparations at Perspective’s Kid’s Café, which is now seeking volunteers to help kids prepare the meals. Future opportunities for group activities at organizations like Feed My Starving Children, Cooking Up Hope/Hope Lodge and others will be explored as well.
The next WWRC member meeting, March 20, 4-6 p.m. at the Bachelor Farmer, is posted on the website and registration is open. Just a reminder – as a courtesy to the hosts planning the meeting, registration is strongly encouraged. If your plans change and you cannot attend, we also encourage you to let one of the WWRC meeting planners know. Info is on the Upcoming Meetings page, accessible after you log in.