Be Loose & Have Fun

March 1, 2011

The Great Harvest mission statement ^^ !!


Tonight was a blast – and full of more amazing food, drinks and dancing!

Sadly we lost the sunshine, putting our beach time to an end


But we showered up and did our best to beam anyways



Tonight they had liquor! Manhattans for us!


During cocktail hour we had an extensive silent auction (followed by a life auction!) to raise money for the GH Team In Training Crew raising money for Lymphoma and other cancers, which have affected a number of owners, including us this year. Owners could bit on many items donated from the vendors today as well as bakery items we all need – like jam and peanut butter! Matt and I bit on a logoed pop-up tent, Naturally Nutty and jam, but we did not win any Sad smile 


Karen says hi!


Dinner tonight began at 7PM with a fancy buffet

Cheese, crackers, fruit and a nice salad




Pasta salad and flank steak


Pineapple rice


And grilled fish!


Plus an entire made-to-order paella station! Very impressive.



I filled up on the goods


But the paella was really the gold winner of the evening!


Red wine with dinner. I stopped at 2 drinks per usual, but man can I feel it on my breath tonight after that Manhattan!


For dessert we had lots of little bites again – key limes and kiwi tarts and a big vat of ice cream!! I topped a scoop of ice cream with two tarts and some ginger sauce – mmm!


Unfortunately that put me over the edge fullness wise!

But we remedied that with some dancing – Matt and I were the first on the dance floor!

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We had a GLORIOUS time at convention this year!! Met the coolest owners.

And next year – it’s going to be held on Coronado Island in San Diego!! Hopefully by that time we’ll have a humming bakery in our hands but can still find the time to slip away for a few days.

Tomorrow we rise at 4:45AM to drive back to Fort Meyers and make our 7:45 flight. We should be home by mid-afternoon. See you then!

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1 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I absolutely love that dress, Kath! It’s awesome!

And that event looked amazing. I’d be right there with you on the Manhattans to start!


2 Andrea from chocolateandoranges March 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Looks like a great time! It’s so amazing that you guys are starting out on such a big adventure to pursue something you’re passionate about. Can’t wait until your bakery opens and we get to hear all about it :)


3 VeggieGirl March 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

What a blast! Great photos :)


4 Meg March 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

BEAUTIFUL Kath! I’m sorry you lost the sunshine but tonight looks amazing 😀

Fly safe tomorrow!!


5 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Love the dress! I wish you had turned that camera to video to catch Matt bustin a move!!!


6 Maria March 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Looks like you two are having fun! The food and drinks look amazing :-)


7 Jessica March 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Love your dress. Where did you get it?


8 Allison @ Happy Tales March 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Ohmygoodness. You are so close to Sanibel Island… which is where my parents are during the winter!!! So totally jealous! BTW, that pic of Matt at the end? CLASSIC! So glad you all had such a great time :)


9 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

What fun! Safe travels tomorrow!


10 erica March 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

i love all your vacation outfits. i think the tropics suit you ;p


11 Shannon (A Better Me) March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

LOL! Love Mats’s dance move there! Awesome! 😀


12 Shannon (A Better Me) March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm



13 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Wow, looks like an fabulously fun evening!


14 Chelsea March 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Looks like you had an awesome time! That food looked so good.
I agree that tropical prints look quite stunning on you! :)


15 trang March 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

you are stunning in prints. Loved all your dresses.


16 molly l. March 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm

must must must go to coronado if you are able. you will LOVE it out here!!! it’s in the world (after c’ville, that is :)


17 eliza March 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

yay, san diego! my stomping grounds. you will have a blast and half! so gorgey.


18 Katie March 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I am so jealous! I secretly wish to someday own a bakery/cafe!


19 Kaitlin March 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Can’t wait to hear about the bakery! And it’s so great you have been having such lovely food all weekend :)


20 Camille March 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

What an awesomely fun time!
I am originally from San Diego and I used to work on Coronado. It is beautiful and I’m sure you will have a great time there!


21 skinnyrunner March 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

thats where i was married – coronado island! you will love it. looks like a pretty dang fun time this year though.


22 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

What a great dress! And the food :) The dancing looks like the best part to me, though-glad you had fun. Me and my husband are always on the dance floor first….well I am dragging him there, but he is a great sport!


23 Lauren @Hungry Dancer March 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Looks like a blast!!! Dancing and letting loose is a necessity to life!!!


24 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

What a bummer about the weather, but you got some good sunshine for a couple days so youre lucky :) GH sure knows how to serve some food!


25 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

I am way too shy to dance in public unless I’ve been drinking, so props for getting out there :) Looks like fun!


26 delia March 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

Wow, the whole conference sounds totally awesome. You were so well taken care of! Next year will be amazing too. Coronado is beautiful!


27 Cindy March 2, 2011 at 12:18 am

Sucks that you had sucky weather your last day there. At least the food looks great!

Safe travels tomorrow.


28 Jessica March 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

My family lives on Coronado!! You’ll love it there, it’s gorgeous and walkable!


29 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

All of the food looks incredible!!

Have a safe trip home. Karen is looking wonderful, by the way!


30 Courtney @ the granola chronicles March 2, 2011 at 12:22 am

You enjoyed such delicious food on your trip. Yum!


31 lynn @ the actor's diet March 2, 2011 at 12:43 am

dancing queen!!!
i don’t think i’ve ever had paella – real paella. looks amazing.


32 Ashley March 2, 2011 at 12:48 am

Dangit…at first I thought that said Colorado!!! hahaa


33 dee March 2, 2011 at 12:51 am

what a fun conference! safe travels home!


34 Lorin March 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

Do you know if they are going to have a Great Harvest in San Diego ever? I am from there and it would be nice when I come back to school to try and visit one :]


35 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

A paella bar is such a neat idea! I love paella, but rarely get to enjoy it due to the commonly-included seafood. I’m suggesting this to the next friend who gets married! Perfect for a destination wedding reception.


36 [email protected] March 2, 2011 at 1:14 am

Paella is one of my favorite dishes of all time!


37 Carin March 2, 2011 at 1:15 am

Love the dress, Kath – where did you get it?


38 Laura (Starloz) March 2, 2011 at 2:15 am

coolest food on vacation EVER!


39 [email protected] March 2, 2011 at 3:38 am

As I scrolled through the pictures, I’d think, “Oh I want that…not wait a minute! I want to try that too! OoOo that looks so yummy!” hahaha great dishes 😀 Hope you guys get some more fun/rest time and traveling mercies tomorrow! <3


40 KathEats March 2, 2011 at 5:04 am

Dress is from Loehmann’s!


41 Amanda March 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

All that food looks amazing!


42 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 2, 2011 at 5:43 am

Those are some really impressive convention meals! Have a good trip back.


43 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 2, 2011 at 6:08 am

100% I will take you out for a drink or dessert or whatever you want!

“And next year – it’s going to be held on Coronado Island in San Diego!”–

I live in San Diego and would love to show you around! And there are really only two major “player” hotels on Coronado where they’d do a conference like this….and both of them are breathtaking. You will LOVE IT!!



44 Kristen March 2, 2011 at 6:16 am

OMG kath I am from CORONADO! It’s my hometown and where I grew up! I was married back home last summer and my family still lives there. I wish that I would be home to show you around, but I actually live abroad. I read your blog all the way over here in Vienna, Austria. You will love Coronado. Can’t wait till you share your adventures there.


45 Lauren March 2, 2011 at 6:41 am

I have to say it again, this is the BEST business trip ever!!


46 Katie March 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

Hi Karen!!!!!!! I hope Karen had a wonderful time too ; ) Im sure she did! She is so sweet!

U look beautiful as always Kath and thanks for sharing your time you had in Florida, looks awesome, and I hope you guys have a safe flight back! <3 xo


47 Simply Life March 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

oh paella is my favorite thing ever -looks great!


48 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 2, 2011 at 7:22 am

That looks like you had a blast! I love paella (sans seafood – is that a crime?) and that looks delicious!


49 Hannah March 2, 2011 at 7:34 am

What a wonderful buffet! And you have such lovely dresses :)


50 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

Hahaha wait I love that mission statement! Slash that pineapple rice sounds so good, I will have to recreate that!


51 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 2, 2011 at 7:40 am

I think I love every single article of clothing that you own!

The picture of Matt dancing cracks me up! :)


52 Ciely March 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

White people “cutting the rug” on the dance floor!
It’s all good. especially anything key lime.


53 Allison March 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

Glad you had a good time! Matt looks like he went to the same dance school as my husband 😉


54 Baking 'n' Books March 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

Love the dress and the make-up! Safe travels.


55 Melissa March 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

Wow, that looks like an incredible meal! Hello made-to-order paella! YUM!

Your excitement for the new bakery really comes through in your photos from the last few days. Congrats again to you, Matt, & Karen! 😀


56 Lee March 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

That looks like such a fun night. And your dress is really cute too.


57 Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

Another cute dress by you. I love to see other’s fashions!
Safe travels home :)


58 Sarah March 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

Looks like you hada good time with great harvest!
It has nothing to do with your post, but I was wondering whta your thoughts as a RD were on ayurvedic eating? I toatlly agree with their “eat lots of veggies, fruit, whole grain” idea, but I was windering if eating according to your type made sense from a dietary point of view? Any chance you’d have time to do a post on that or on different “eating philosophies”


59 KathEats March 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

My only eating philosophy is eat real food!! I really don’t buy into food combining or anything like that.


60 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life March 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

How fun! How is Karen feeling? She looks great.


61 Amy March 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

I agree with Elizabeth above me – Karen looks great! My mom shaved her head after her first chemo treatment and stuck with scarves, turbans and wigs until she was done, and she said it was a good choice for her because she didnt’ have to deal with her hair slowly falling out. Karen still has great color in her face and looks healthy. I hope she’s feeling good. Let me know if I can do anything for her or you guys.

I want a Manhattan.


62 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

LOVE the pictures of the dancing – you guys look like you had a great night! The pineapple rice and grilled fish sound like something I need to be making soon!


63 Heather March 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

It sounds like such a great time, Kath. I love Great Harvest – and I love that they are such a great group of people. Glad you had fun!


64 Hope March 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a fun night! That food once again, looks incredible! I love that they have made to order paella! So cool! Have a safe flight home! :)


65 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

How fun! And they chose a great location for next year too :)

Have a safe trip home!


66 M March 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

Beautiful outfit-
just love the brown /turquoise on you and jewellry !


67 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love the dress!
And dancing is an awesome way to speed up digestion :) Plus, it’s totally fun! One of my favorite ways to “exercise” or dancersize? 😀 Have a safe trip back, I’m glad you had a great time!


68 Larbs March 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

I want to go to this conference! Also, I like some of those food combinations for a beach wedding…


69 Emily March 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

San Diego is my hometown and Coronado is probably one my FAVORITE places. Absolutely gorgeous! you’ll love it!


70 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

That food looks amazing. I also am loving Matt’s dance moves. Cracks me up.


71 Susan (Oliepants) March 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

What a pretty dress! I love that Karen came with you guys! PS There should be a name for Matt’s dance move!


72 Karen R March 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

Karen looks beautiful, it’s wonderful to see. Hope she feels as good as she looks!


73 Darlene March 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

Beautiful dress! and your hubby has some moves LOL it was great to see Karen she looks beautiful


74 Parita @ myinnershakti March 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

Wow! Talk about good eats!! And I LOVE the pics of you and Matt dancing…too cute!


75 Shelly March 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

Wait until you go to Coronado Island – it is heaven on earth. My son was married on Coronado Island and we spent 2 glorious weeks there. If I was younger, I would have never come back.


76 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

How fun. Have a safe trip back!


77 Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

You are killing me with this food. It all looks so delicious!!!


78 Cyndi March 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The prettiest photo on your post is of you and Karen. Good thoughts and wishes!


79 Anne @ Baking Me March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Looks like you had a great time! Complete with Manhattans and a dance party, how fun!


80 Laura @ prettylittlewords March 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Haha I love the picture of Matt dancing – what a guy!


81 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Karen looks beautiful! I’ve been thinking about her a lot and hoping that her treatment goes smoothly. She seems like such a wonderful person on the inside and out.


82 Alaina March 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

My aunt and uncle used to live in Coronado! I went there when I was 5. Don’t remember much but through pictures, it looks beautiful!

I love the paella station. I made paella at a professors apartment in Madrid. So good! :-)


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