On Saturday, January 30, 2010, 1-4 pm, please join us on
campus at RISD (downtown Providence, Rhode Island) to help decorate hundreds of cookies for the Food Bank's
Kids Cafe program, which provides hot meals for kids at risk of hunger.
your inner Jasper Johns or Martha Stewart at a Drop In & Decorate®
cookies-for-donation event offered in conjunction with RISD Dining and
Catering to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's Kids Cafe
program. Popular RISD|CE cooking instructor and food writer Lydia
Walshin founded the local nonprofit organization Drop In &
Decorate, which has donated more than 10,000 hand-decorated sugar
cookies to food pantries, domestic violence shelters, and programs
serving families in need nationwide. She teaches several simple
techniques for "painting" cookies with flair, using squeeze bottles of
colored icing to create edible art. The ultimate goal is to donate the
cookies created in class to more than 500 low-income Rhode Island
school children for Valentine's Day. No experience necessary; practice
cookies will be available and you may decorate as many cookies as you
wish. There will also be recipes and cookies for participants to take home.
Inside- or outside-the-lines decorating welcome! All materials
generously donated by RISD Dining and Catering. Note: Participants are
encouraged to "drop in" at their convenience anytime between 1 and 4pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over, and adults
and children must register separately.
Now, all of this fun can be yours for only $5.00 per person!
The fee will help pay for decorating supplies, and if this will be your
first Drop In & Decorate® event, we'll teach you how to do what we
Everyone gets some cookies to take home, too.
Please sign up
for this wonderful event, generously hosted by RISD, and bring your
friends and family, too. Let's make some kids happy for Valentines Day!
HOW TO REGISTER for this event (course # 2010/CW-CULIN-0143-01)
1. online: http://www.risd.edu/apply_ce.cfm
2. in person: Register at the RISD|CE office in the Washington Place
Building, 20 Washington Place, Providence, during office hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-7:30pm (when classes are in session),
8:30am-4:30pm (between semesters); Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Saturday,
8:30am-12:30pm (when classes are in session).
3. by mail: Mail your completed registration form with check (payable to RISD|CE) or MasterCard/VISA number to: RISD|CE Two College Street Providence, RI 02903-2787
by fax: Fax your completed registration form with MasterCard/VISA
number to 401 454-6218 (payment by MasterCard or VISA only).
by phone: Registration phone lines are limited. You may have to wait or
redial before getting through, so we encourage you to register by the
methods listed above. If you do choose to register by phone, please
fill out the registration form in advance and have your MasterCard/VISA
number ready. Note: A registration fee is assessed for registrations
made by phone. Call 401 454-6209 during these hours: Monday-Thursday,
10am-5pm; Friday, 10am-3pm.
[Note: We are setting up a registration process for corporations and
organizations who would like to send a team or group to this event.
I'll post the details here, or you can get in touch with me by email
(lydia AT dropinanddecorate DOT org).]
'Tis the season when many people begin to think about holiday meals.
And if you're anything like me, you can't help but remember the kitchen disasters of the past. The undercooked turkey. The cranberry sauce that slid down the drain instead of onto the serving platter. The pie crust that didn't hold back the onslaught of runny apple filling.
Have no fear, friends. There are still a few companies that offer the instant gratification of telephone helplines. Print this post and stick it on your refrigerator as you plan your holiday feasts.
1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). The Butterball® Turkey Talk-Line is open annually in November and December.
1-877-FOR PIE TIPS. The Crisco hot line, for answers to all of your pie crust questions.
1-802.649.3717 (not a toll-free number). The Bakers' Hotline at King Arthur Flour, for all questions about baking. Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time