YES, you read that correctly! Our next entrepreneurial meetup will be hosted by lovely Kellie Alkayam at Daniels Diamonds in Evergreen!
She plans to keep the store open later for us to convene 4-6pm on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Learn how her and her family built their business from ground up, all offering a unique skill to the store and their customers. They've designed and re-purposed jewelry for over 250 stores all over the southwestern states! It will be a fun, informal but educational Happy Hour, where you'll be able to try on something sparkly but also learn why CLARITY is so important in business;)
We will be offering a carpool from Denver, if you need a lift.There will be light refreshments provided as well. We are looking for our second host, with a more culinary related business to also showcase their business (please email Maggie if you're interested in co-hosting, email@example.com). RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/365875117125856/
OK! I'm not quite sure where my curiosity for peppercorn sprang from, but I'm excited to share why it is a spice you should value a little bit more in your diet!
Today Black pepper is a very inexpensive spice, found in today's world, basically anywhere there is food. It wasn't always so common, in fact, it was traded as currency because it was so valuable and rare . Piper nigrum, its scientific name, is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its bunches of fruit. Pictured above you will see variations, not just in color but in age of the pepper. When dried, the fruit is known as a peppercorn. We usually find it in its black, white or green form. The black peppercorn is picked when it is not completel ripe, and then dried. The black is the most flavorful of the three and also has two variations- Tellicherry and Lampong (the two variations are simply in the size of the peppercorn, 4.25mm or bigger is Tellicherry and 4.75 or bigger Lampong). The larger a peppercorn grows the more it loses heat but gains aroma.
The white peppercorn has ripened before it is harvested and is better in culinary purposes for obvious reasons. For a white sauce, you would want to use the white peppercorn to avoid speckles in your food vs. if you were using the black.
Then the green peppercorn hasn't been dried. It is soft, under ripe and preserved in jars or brine in the refrigerator. They can last for months if unopened. Dried peppercorns (black) can keep for up to 4 months before losing their flavor.
Pepper dates back 4000 years ago. Said to be found near the Kerala (southern most region) of India and also has been cultivated in Malaysia and Indonesia since. The Indian culture used it for many medicinal uses: constipation, gangrene, digestion and healing wounds. I also found some additional uses for it in our modern day, but don't quote me on them, I've never tried it out other than culinary purposes:
Sprinkle a teaspoon of ground black pepper per load, in your washing machine at the beginning of washing. It will keep the colors bright longer.
Soothe a wet cough
Pepper stimulates mucus flow and circulation. Add honey as it is a natural reliever for cough and mild antibiotic. In a cup put 1 tsp. of ground black pepper and 2 tbsp. of honey. Pour over boiling water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Or for immediate relief try sucking on a little black pepper on a piece of lemon.
Pepper is a natural decongestant. Chemicals found in black pepper irritate the nose membranes, producing thinner mucus and helping you clear out your sinuses. Take boiling water, add five drops of pepper oil and a dash of eucalyptus oil. Smell and be relieved!
Soothe sore muscles and skin
My favorite! Black Pepper increases circulation, Combine 2 drops of black pepper oil with 4 drops of rosemary oil, Apply this directly to the skin. When the heat stimulates the skin, your pores open a deeper clean occurs.
Black pepper helps with digestion. It stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which helps digest food allowing you to better absorb the nutrients!
Heal a cut
Black pepper is used as a home remedy to stop small scrapes and cuts from bleedings. Pepper holds antibacterial properties and it appears that it can make blood coagulate and stop bleeding.
Our Dinner "Evolved Peppercorn" last night, consisted of the following:
Course 1: Ice Salad Spinach, Arugula, Romaine, Red Wine Vinegar Caviar, Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Black Pepper
Course 2: Petite Beef Wellington with Madagascar Vanilla Peppercorn Cream Sauce
Course 3: Smoked Salmon Mousse, Parsley Dust, Toast Crumbs, Ginger Macaroon, Black Pepper Cucumber, Parsnip & Garlic Chips and Dill Crema
Course 4: Peacock Profiteroles filled with White Pepper Custard and Chocolate
If you're interested in a dinner similar to this, please inquire to firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to prepare it for you and your guests! Wine pairings available too, wine sold separately.
We have decided to host two meetings each month in honor of entrepreneurs, networking and collaboration. We wanted a more intimate atmosphere for sharing and engaging in our ideas and concepts and thought it wise to host our events at different venues each week highlighting two of our members and their business.
It is a free group to join, we just ask that you have a business or support the business highlighted each week. Support does not necessarily mean you purchase something, while of course you are invited to do so, referrals and collaboration or exchange is also acceptable!
An example of an exchange would be similar to this:
Alli Douglas offers salsa dance lessons in exchange for a meal prep course with Ire, personal chef. They discuss the logistics of when the work should be done, with no monetary exchange involved.
Our next meetup with be hosted by Anitra, in her home on January 29th, time TBA. Anitra will be introducing us to a mindful coaching practice that she wants to implement in her own business and as an independent coach. We will in a way be the "attendees," and give her the opportunity to practice as well as get valuable feedback from us, the participants. This mock session will be very valuable for her as she grows her business and in turn we will all find useful advice and wisdom for free as a coach.
Secondly, our next meetup will highlight one of our foodie entrepreneurs, Kate Ulicky as she brings samples of some items she is testing for her menu. We get to taste her food, she gets feedback.
If you're interested in joining our group please email Mezclamaggie@gmail.com for the directions to our next meetup. If you're not able to attend but still interested in connecting at future meetups, please reach out with your business ideas or concept and we will get you into our next session!
Kellie will be hosting our first February meetup on Wednesday 2/15 beginning at 5:30pm in Evergreen. The happy hour style event will give participants an introduction to the world of diamonds, where you will be allowed to try on jewelry and network with other attendees. Food will be sponsored also by one of our members, TBA.
Recipe of the week:
Chocolate Ginger Protein Bars, makes 18 bars
Macronutrients: 8.7g Protein, 5.1g Fat, 3.5g Carbs, Total 97kcal/bar
The trick to homemade protein bars is using a protein powder that is thick like soy, vegan or casein protein. Never use water for your liquid because you need the fat to hold them together. If you want them to stay together even more, add IMO syrup as your sweetener and enjoy the extra fiber!
Twisted Tea Party
When Entrepreneurs Collaborate
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
One of my intentions for the new year is to collaborate more. I firmly believe that we can do more together than by ourselves...in saying that I decided it is time to take action. I invited a few of my female entrepreneurial friends to a tea party to converse about their businesses and ideas and see how we could further support each other and empower others in that process.
The conversations will continue. Our plan is to have biweekly meetups highlighting two persons/businesses. Having one host a meetup and another collaborate. For example, one person hosts at their venue/store location and the other brings some of their product/food to supplement the meetup. Each meetup will differ in content and purpose, but the general idea is to highlight or give space for us to learn more and network with one another on a more intimate level. We want to support each other, foster growth and continual learning with the things we are passionate about.
Meet our Entrepreneurs Showcased:
Kate Ulicky- WhatsKateBaking, EF Educational Travel
FREE half dozen cookies with $50 order!
Whatskatebaking.com for custom made baked treats!
Connect with her through IG @whatskatebaking if you're in need of a birthday treat or surprise for any reason!
Anitra Lesser- Personal & Professional Development and Coaching for Integral Balance
Help others love their mind and body and really see ourselves
Connect with her if you or your team needs some direction in performing better as a team or need motivation and inspiration on your path to gaining control of body and mind!
Katelyn O’Keefe- Tutoring, Lip-sense, Independent Associate with IsaGenix
Soon to come a Facebook community for supporting a well balanced life and simple reminders
Connect with her email@example.com if you're interested in a community of wellness support and simple recommendations to amplify your life!
Alli Douglas- Salsera, Fitness Coaching, & Licensed Psychotherapist
Receive 50% off first private Dance Lesson, Personal Training Session or Wellness Counseling
Connect with her firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in becoming more confident on the dance floor or feel sexy with your body; want a better understanding and healthy mental state for fitness competitions and eating; need support for yourself or loved one with dealing with trauma or craziness of life in general.
Kellie Alkayam - Daniel Diamonds Evergreen
Visit the store in Evergreen or connect with her over lunch to hear what she can design for you! www.danieldiamonds.com
Connect with her through IG @mini_beasttt if you're curious about custom jewelry you want toredesign an inherited artifact or just curious about diamonds!
Sasha Daraskevius - Belle & Beau Salon Stylist
20% off Services Hair Color, Style and Makeup
Connect with her through www.Belleandbeausalon.com or visit her portfolio at styleseat.com/sashadaraskevius if you're ready for a new do, want to feel glamorous or just need a good vent session!
Words of Wisdom:
It is what is is. You can’t make chicken salad our of chicken shit!
Fake it till you make it.
Make it Happen!
There are great moments and there are growing moments
Believe in your story.
Next Meetup: Third Sunday of February 2/19/17, message Maggie for location address and time email@example.com
Join us in our next entrepreneurial meetup! (You don't have to have a business, just the desire to connect and collaborate:))