All posts filed under: Events

In Her Shoes – Women of Color & the Stories We Share

“It’s in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride in my step, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me. ” – Maya Angelou Creating a safe space for women of all races and backgrounds was what this event intended to do and it created a beautiful yet eye opening awareness for those in attendance and those who spoke. This was also a dedication and remembrance to the life of Many “Lee” Pho-Taing who lost her battle with cancer this past February. She was the owner of Little Delights Bakery in Downtown Lowell and we wanted to commemorate and honor her life, she would have loved this event! Ani Vong, Owner at Humanity Style and Masada Jones of the Kindred Project were our hosts and organizers. Together they created an event that filled our souls with an incredible amount of fervor and realized in all of us how far our hands reach and where we can go in life. I was incredibly privileged to be asked to …

Community Connections

“We rise by lifting others.” – Roger Ingersoll There are connections we make that last a lifetime, these connections strengthen the core of who we are as individuals while building the core of a community. This is also true of entrepreneurship, small businesses, inventors, and artists: people who are the finding ways to make their communities stronger while also living sustainable and productive lives. Last Thursday was the first Foundation Mixer of the year, an event for individuals to get together and share ideas, thoughts and their common ground within their community. By creating an atmosphere outside of social media where people could talk to each other face to face it brought “connecting” to another level. We were told we could use the post it notes on each table to share ideas with one another or if we knew someone who could help to connect each other to these people. Packed house! Community influencers Excitement about startups and local business This event was more than just mingling, it was about setting up an atmosphere of mutual …

Afternoon Tea Delights

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” Catherine Douzel When I take a sip of tea I always feel like I am transported to another place where I can be peaceful and serene. So many cultures have tea as a focal point that it begs the question, “what is tea really about?” Whether its warm, calming Turkish tea after a nice meal or vibrant, energetic Matcha tea to get your day started, tea connects us to our inner joy. In taking part of this event, we all came together and experienced the joys of community and blissful moments. Collaborating and celebrating, this is what “Teacups &  Snowflakes” an event hosted by Made in Lowell was all about. Businesses came together to partner in this event and showcase what they had to offer. During this event, I had the pleasure of tasting all sorts of tea from different places while walking around this beautiful city I call home. First stop was Humanity Style, where Crose Nest Collective and Gormley’s Cafe had set up a wonderful “Afternoon tea”. Crose Nest had …

Teacups & Snowflakes

“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you.” – William Ewart Gladstone Collaborations between a community and the businesses that represent them are meant to inspire us all to build our community into the best that it can be. With this event, “Teacups & Snowflakes” hosted by Made in Lowell, not only do we celebrate National Tea Month but we see what our small businesses offer us and how much we can enjoy being a part of the local community. Supporting local isn’t just about where you live but about small business everywhere, learning the culture of your town and how strong it can become by supporting our own. I love being part of events like this; cozy, small events that let you network and meet people. I am thrilled to be covering this event for the blog and hope you can all come out to support it. The event will be …

2nd Annual Gingerbread Trail

Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk the Gingerbread Trail in Lowell. This is the second year of the trail and it was wonderful to see the businesses come together and share the creativity with the community. Last year I walked the trail with my mother and I remember it as a wonderful memory. These types of activities make the holidays fun, and teach us more about the community we live in, I enjoyed learning new things, finding new places and exploring this great city even more. Each house had a theme,and  each business put their own twist on their houses. With details, colors, art and delicious treats I wanted to take a bite out of. Another great part of this trail was the ability to support local; I could walk into businesses and see what thy had to offer, from art galleries to boutiques. Take a look at these pictures from the trail and make sure to check these places out!   Made in Lowell/COOL – “Welcome Home” Humanity Boutique – “#loveforhumanity” Cobblestones – “Cozy …

Celebrating 32 Years in a Winter Wonderland

The CMAA is close to my heart for many reasons, what they do for the community , the people who work there and the wonderful events they have every year. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to collaborate with them on their annual fashion show and it was a night to remember. Please join them on December 8th for a wonderful Winter Gala and see all they have done for our community. Check out the official press release below as well as the links to buy the tickets 🙂 Lowell, MA – As we come to the close of an impactful 2016, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) will hold its 32nd Annual Event with a special focus on community strengthening across all generations. The annual fundraising celebration will be held on Saturday December 3rd at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street in Lowell at 6:00 p.m. and will feature community recognition, a five course meal, live entertainment by members of the youth programs and Angkor Dance Troupe. Since 1984, the …

Craft Vines Festival at Mill No 5

I am super excited to share this event with all of you. As most of you know I worked with Noel over at Aaronap Cellars when I covered his micro winery on my blog. This festival is organized by him and held at Mill No 5, a wonderful, historic mill that holds several shops and a farm market every Sunday. As we head into the fall season and it gets chillier it is the perfect setting for an event like this and I am thrilled to share some details about the event with you. So what can you do at the Craft Vines Festival? Well you can sample wine, mead, cider from all locally owned businesses. Aaronap Cellars La Cantina Winery Pony Shack Cider Harvard Cider Company 1634 Meadery of Ipswich That isn’t all either, not only can you taste and sample these awesome beverages but you will also have the opportunity to taste local, gourmet treats and goodies… and get this there is even an option for gourmet doggie treats so you can bring …

Chopped Competition – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

Judging the 2nd Annual Lowell Chopped competition was an opportunity I couldnt pass up, both as a help to Made in Lowell and because it gets my creative juices flowing as far as cooking and flavors. Along with the other judges, I was able to taste delightful, savory, sweet and unique dishes done by four incredible chefs. An experience that won’t soon be forgotten and I am excited to share with you all. Think for a moment, think of rich Greek sausage (which was the secret ingredient) being made in  four different ways, by four different and talented chefs in four very different dishes. Think of Thai Basil Pesto and homemade pasta, of crunchy, tart asian slaw topped with a voluminous scallop, of tostadas topped with scallops and a pomegranate molasses glaze and of crunchy vegetables topped with a juicy steak, impeccable crema & slighty spicy salsa. These were the flavors that greeted my palate at Derby Park on Middle St in Downtown Lowell. The four chefs were: Chef Joe Gatto, author of “Seriously From Scratch” …

Grand Tasting – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

As a volunteer/food blogger this year for the Lowell Food & Wine Festival I was able to experience a different side of the event. Setting up, helping our vendors, and seeing the crowds get excited as it became closer to event time were all a wonderful way to show me how things are behind the scenes. This year we had a larger number of vendors, and many wineries and breweries. I tried my best to eat every single thing, from every single vendor because I wanted to get a sense of all the different flavors many of our local restaurants provide so I could share my experience fully with all of you. In the middle of all of this I was setting up for the Lowell Chopped Competition which I was judging (a later post) and super excited about because this year we had four chefs instead of two but more on that later. Middle St is one of my favorite streets in Lowell, cobblestones line the street and is reminiscent of an old Lowell and …

Food Truck Madness/ Tacos & Tequila – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

Friday night I had the opportunity to attend both the Food Truck Madness which was held at Kerouac Park in downtown Lowell and Tacos & Tequila which was held at the Umass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Purple Carrot Bread Co. Cocorays Crowds and vendors Food Truck Madness this year, while held at the same park was a lot larger. More food trucks, more flavors, more vendors, and many new faces. It was exciting to see Galleria Cafe and Purple Carrot Bread Co. there this year, two locals newer to the Lowell food scene who have grown rapidly over the last few months. Melissa at Red Antler Apothecary & Ani from Humanity Style Alaina and I in front of the Purple Carrot booth Christa buying some goodies at the Galleria Cafe booth The wonderful Naychelle & I – Made in Lowell women! Two Stylish Sisters , a wonderful duo of sisters who make the most amazing jewelry had some custom clips ready for me to pick up at the event so as you can imagine I was …