Last week, we hosted a “Friendsgiving” event to highlight our Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Thanksgiving menu sides and desserts. Lifestyle editors, influencers, and members of the press gathered in the test kitchen of our New York City headquarters to join us. I showed everyone how to make one of my favorite autumn cocktails – the apple cider bourbon sour. Guests also participated in a charcuterie board making activity using lots of delicious cured meats, crackers, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and an assortment of cheeses from Murray’s on beautiful cutting boards by Khem Studios, one of our American Made Makers on Martha.com. We served sweet and savory bites from Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon, Martha’s Chard by 19Crimes and a variety of Fever Tree drinks. It was a wonderful time for all, and a great way to kick-off the busy holiday season.
Here are some photos.
At the entrance to the test kitchen was a stack of Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon boxes. Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon always delivers the ingredients and the recipes in well-marked, well-packaged boxes.
Around the center island, we displayed recipe cards featuring Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Thanksgiving sides and desserts.
The middle work station was decorated with pumpkins and gourds and dressed with all the ingredients for our special charcuterie board making activity.
Trays were filled with specialty food items for the boards. A charcuterie board is an appetizer typically served on a wooden board or stone slab, either eaten straight from the board itself or portioned onto flatware. It features a selection of preserved foods, such as cured meats, cheeses and crackers.
There were also bowls of olives and cornichons, or tiny pickles. In some places they’re referred to as gherkins.
We provided an assortment of cheeses from the famous Murray’s artisanal cheese and specialty foods retailer and wholesaler in New York City. The cheese selections included Barn First Creamery Quinby, Stichelton, Murray’s Cave Aged Reserved Greensward, Gruyère, and Alpage Moléson.
The event was scheduled for 4pm – everyone arrived right on time.
A photo station was set up in one corner for those wanting to pose with fun hand signs. Here are Geanine (@geaninecilenti) and Brianne (@strollerinthecity).
And here’s Inga (@ingatylam) with a hand sign of me.
This group photo includes Alexa (@alexamjdotcom), Adeola (@theadeolacrown), Allison, Tiffany, Tasheena (@simplytasheena), and Morgan (@nomastehungry).
Here’s a nice snapshot of some of the Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon team – Kevin Chen, Sarah Crowder, Rachel Perlmutter, and Molly Krueger.
And here’s one of Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon’s Eliza Winograd, Theo Kaloudis, and Jennifer Aaronson.
Some of the hors d’oeuvres passed around included these Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze – one of the appetizers featured on the Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon menus for Thanksgiving – everyone loved them.
For beverages, we offered my 19Crimes Martha’s Chard and an assortment of Fever Tree drinks – club soda, ginger ale, sparkling lime & yuzu, and sparkling Sicilian lemonade.
In this area, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon desserts, also available as part of the meal menu options for Thanksgiving. Among them, Pink Lady Apple Crisp with Oats & Warm Spices, Cranberry Buttermilk Chess Pie, Pecan Pie with Maple, Caramel & Brown Butter,
and Pumpkin French Toast Bake.
Everything was set up for my demo. I showed everyone how to make my apple cider bourbon sours. I filled a pitcher with eight-ounces of bourbon and 16-ounces of apple cider. Then I used a citrus juicer to squeeze the juice of one lemon. The serving glasses were pre-rimmed with brown sugar. After each cocktail was poured, it was garnished with a thin apple slice.
I also offered several tips during my demo, including this one – use a frozen ball of apple cider in place of ice, so the drink doesn’t get watered down as the ice melts. I keep the apple slices in a bowl of lemon juice nearby, so they don’t brown while the drinks are being prepared.
At each charcuterie board station was a beautiful cutting board from Khem Studios, an American Made maker featured on Martha.com. These are Walnut Mega Whale Bone Cutting Boards – handmade using locally sourced, kiln-dried hardwoods.
It was so nice to see everyone enjoying their projects. Making them, and then eating from them.
Here’s a photo of influencers Stephanie (@adventuresofchefanie), Jen (@indulgenteats), Jessica (@cheatdayeats), and Rachel (@thecarboholic).
And here I am with influencers Taylor (@taylorjphillips) and Jeff (@jeffodonnell). It was a fun time had by all. Please visit the Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon page and find out how you can get our delicious meal kits including our flavorful sides and desserts for Thanksgiving. It’s such a wonderful and easy way to ensure you and your family can enjoy tasty and nutritious meals now and for the holidays.