Cheesecake and a pair of used shoes

Not just any cheesecake, and not just any pair of shoes. 

My house smells like heaven.  Cheesecake heaven.  I just took two lovely cheesecakes from the oven and moved them to my auxillary refrigerator downstairs.  But the house will be fragrant for hours.    The cheesecake that I made tonight is on the menu for the All Wrapped Up event scheduled for Thursday night at the Butchertown Market (tickets are still available via this link: www.cookwithmary.com).  But, as I said, it’s not just any cheesecake, it is a savory concoction of Parmigiano Regiano cheese, cream cheese, eggs and subtle hints of crushed black pepper and fresh chives. 

I have never served this appetizer to any group without rave reviews, requests for the recipe, and even a marriage proposal or two.  Really that good.  Paired with fresh apple and pear slices and crackers, it is very creamy, very rich and very addictive.  It’s on the menu at many parties that I help to coordinate or cook for; rarely do I get tired of it.

My Parmigiano Cheesecake is just one of the many festive and delicious goodies coming at you this week.  We’re pulling out all the stops for Thursday’s event to raise funds for a great local organization – Dress for Success, Louisville.  DFSL is a chapter of a national organization to help women entering the work force.  Women that otherwise might not have an opportunity to find appropriate attire to pull off the positive first impression necessary for a successful interview. 

DFSL has periodic suit drives, but for our event we are  hosting a shoe and handbag drive.  When you purchase a ticket to this event, you have the option of bringing a gently used pair of office appropriate shoes and/or handbag.  With that donation, attendees will receive a voucher to shop the event and receive a 20% discount off one of their purchases. 

Food and drink are a part of the event and we’ll have plenty of both on hand.  Clements Catering and Cook with Mary will prepare party foods and we’ll offer a holiday punch and wine to pair up with the foods. 

Comfortably wedged between networking, shopping and eating, participants will get the opportunity to experience a program that is part style show, part organizational seminar and part cooking show.  Andre Wilson, Melanie Stokes and I will be on hand to help everyone in attendance get their wardrobe updated, get their houses and shopping lists organized and take the fear out of menu planning and recipe selection.

Also on hand will be a jewelry designer, a chocolatier, a gift wrapping expert, a wine expert, cruise planner, home fashions fabricator, caterer, interior designer and lots more.  Don’t miss this great event.  With the resources and information at this event, your holiday season will be organized, elegant and relaxed!

Join us, won’t you?  Click here for more information: www.cookwithmary.com

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