The Burwell School Fundraiser was so much fun!! I saw so many people I knew, including my first grade teacher, an old next door neighbor, more teachers from my high school, and even had the privilege of having a nice conversation with Southern author Lee Smith! Lee’s daughter-in-law is also getting a masters in nutrition!
Here’s the front of the Burwell School, one of the earliest female academies in North Carolina, opened in 1837. The house dates back to 1821. My parents’ house across the street was built just a few years later in 1833. Hard to believe these homes saw the Civil War.
The food was outstanding!
BBQ roll sandwiches….fruit….meatballs…chicken salad….shrimp…smoked salmon rolls….ham….phylo wrapped jam pastries….savory cheese dishes…..hummus + pita…..Asian shrimp + chicken noodles……mmmmmm!
My first dinner plate
I decided to skip all the breads/sandwiches because I thought they’d be too filling and I can eat rolls anytime, so I tried to stick to the more unique finger foods.
(Clockwise from shrimp…)
Shrimp, shrimp noodles, pita with hummus, phylo roll, 3 salmon rolls with caviar, a chicken meatball, fresh fruit, grilled pineapple with a small piece of ham and mustard.
More shrimp noodles, another chicken meatball (they were soo good!), hummus and veggies, savory quiche thing, strawberries, smoked salmon caviar roll in the middle (SO good!)
I started the night with a few glasses of sparkling water. Strangely, I wasn’t in a huge wine mood so I did my trick of holding off through the “first round.”
I eventually had a glass of Chardonnay. Honestly, I kind of mindlessly sipped it. Should’ve stuck to sparking H2O. I never enjoy wine as much when I’m standing for some reason.
DESSERT. You guys know dessert buffets are my #1 weakness in life. I have SUCH a hard time deciding what to have and want to taste everything.
The desset buffet was as big as the food tables!
I tried to choose desserts that looked homemade, since store-boughts are always disappointing. I didn’t eat all the pink cake and had half of the cupcake, which was sub-par. The cherry pie was amazing!!
Clockwise from cupcake…
Chocolate cheesecake cupcake (B-), cherry pie (A+), raspberry chocolate cake (C+ – something was wrong with it), lemon bar (B+), coconut cake (B+), chocolate cake (A-)
I also shared some pound cake with my mom (had 2-3 bites) and had half of a small macaroon and decided it wasn’t that great.
So in general = too many desserts.
But for ME = good job not going overboard (i.e. It could have been a LOT worse!)
Here’s the live auction, led by author and soap opera writer Michael Malone!
My mom and I got in a great hour long walk all around Hillsborough!
She also had been making the cat, Lillian a.k.a. “Lillis Billis” beg me all afternoon in a cat voice:
“Pleaaaaase can I be on the blog Kath. Puh-lease. I will eat my cat food and you can take photos….”
So to make my mom stop bugging me, I give you Billis, appropriately eating some kitty treats out of her kitty bowl on the food blog.
My mom and me before we left -
Leaving On A….
Mom and I are getting up early tomorrow to hit the gym before we fly to Baltimore. I’m cooking her an oatmeal breakfast and we’re having a very late lunch once we get to my grandparents’. Looks like I’ll be having afternoon snack for lunch and lunch for afternoon snack!