Free treats, wine, and live music – all for a good cause? Count me in!
Tuesday evening I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to attend the First Annual Spring/Woodlands Cottage Bakers Charity Event. It was a gorgeous evening in the low 70’s when the event took place at the Envy Wine Room in Old Town Spring, Texas. If you haven’t visited Old Town Spring, it’s a charming area in North Houston that is lined with boutiques, restaurants and shops of all sorts. But, the fact that Envy Wine Room has over 90 unique wines from around the world and is owned by a lovely pair, Brad and Effie Stees, makes it a fun favorite of mine.
The glass of Tierra Brisa Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina was indeed delicious and just what the happy hour doctor ordered, but the event was not focused around wine. Winding the patio and through the boutique were tables neatly lined up where delectable goodies were piled high made by the local area cottage.
Remember I mentioned the word “free”? Yes, these generous local bakers, who normally sell goods baked in their own homes as approved under the Texas Cottage Food Law, were serving attendees free samples of beautifully decorated and labeled cakes, cookies, and candies. I felt like I had been transported to Candy Land! By the way – I absolutely used to love that game and completely understand why Katy Perry used one of my childhood games as a theme in her California Gurls video. Now my dreams finally came true! …and do you see the fabulous flowery cake among other goodies beside pens and paper? The cottage bakers even contributed their top specialties and gift baskets for the silent auction where attendees could bid and have the chance to win at the end of the evening.
It gets even better. Not that drinking wine and divulging on homemade treats isn’t a good enough reason to break my usual dry spell and “good girl” diet during the week, but it was all for a GREAT cause! $1 of every glass of wine, $1 of each pour of beer, $6 of every bottle sold, and funds raised from the silent auction and donation bins all went to help raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. This is an amazing charity that I am truly passionate about who help children diagnosed with cancer and their families. To learn more about the charity and their amazing work go to ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.
The charity event was grand success! The treats were devoured as locals connected over wine and beer all while listening to the beautiful vocals of Emily Cole. You wouldn’t believe the voice on that girl! Armed with an acoustic guitar and a sweet smile, the 15 year old delighted the crowd with live music, from top tunes to her very own songs – even one specially written for her young cousin who was battling cancer.
It was an incredible evening indeed and I do hope they make this a frequent event! If you were not able to make the event, you can still help! Please make a donation to help support children who are battling cancer and their families at Support.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org. Thank you for your generosity!
Have a flavorful day!