GAL APPROVED! Dining With James Beard Chef @ Orthopaedic Foundation Gala. Plus: Shine Your Home With Joy and Sip With Pacific Foods!

By   |   November 17, 2017   |   Gal Approved

SUPPORT. The DivaGals spent once glorious evening tasting the dishes of four-time James Beard chef, restauranteur and #WBWD Michel Nischon, one of four honored at the Orthopaedic Foundation 13th Anniversary Gala inside New York City’s Grand Hyatt.

The chef gave us a tour of the kitchen to introduce us to his dishes for the night, which included a winter slaw of kale and butternut squash dressed with almonds and basil.

The veggies were topped slow-cooked ribs (or more roasted squash for vegetarians).We also enjoyed a seared scallop (or seared marinated tofu) over ancient grain risotto. Michel explained he and the hotel’s executive chef wanted the night’s menu to have a seasonal feel with cured winter vegetables and hearty grains. And we enjoyed every bite!

The Orthopaedic Foundation was created as a not-for-profit (501) C (3) organization whose primary function is to effectively promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and advancements in musculoskeletal diseases.

SUPPORT 2.  We’ve already told you about M4D3 (Make A Difference Everyday), the shoe company that supports social causes through the sale of its collections. They are holding a weekend sample sale on November 18th and 19th, in Williamsburg, New York, at 97 N 10th St (N 10th St. & Wythe Ave). This “Pop-Up With A Purpose” features reductions as high as 70 percent on the adorbs M4D3 Collections, and with every purchase, M4D3 will donate two books to the First Book National Book Bank, a distribution center that provides relevant and affordable books to educators in low-income communities. Customers can also donate new or used books at the door, and receive an additional 10 percent discount with their donation.

SHINE. With the holidays approaching, it’s important to have your home organized and ready for all the merriment. Joy Mangano – the savvy entrepreneur featured in the movie Joy –has a few cleaning and organizing not-so-secrets to get you through the season. Your JOY Miracle Mop® Bucket, with a built-in locking handle that lets your Miracle Mop stand up straight, cleans up messes in a snap. The JOY My Little Steamer keeps clothes wrinkle-free. And the JOY XL Deluxe Better Beauty Case organizes all your baubles. How did this executive-in-charge make it all happen? You can read the secrets to her success in her new book, Inventing Joy : Dare to Build a Brave & Creative Life. That’s her holiday gift to us!

SIP. Over the next few weeks, you’ll be on the go-go-go, and may not have enough time for a full meal. So why not try smoothies – with a twist. Pacific Foods’ Cashew Non-Dairy Beverages are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free, and have a rich creaminess that make them the perfect base for a delicious on-the-go drink. Try any of their four flavors (Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla and Vanilla Unsweetened) with half a banana, a handful of kale, fresh or frozen pineapple and freshly grated ginger for a tasty treat. And with Pacific Foods’ Cashew Non-Dairy Beverages only having 50-70 calories per serving, there’s no reason to feel you’ll be on the naughty list!

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