A Terrific Day at Our Culinary Open House

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to showcase my culinary kitchen and introduce three  fantastic new guests and vendors to the garden club and community. Everyone who attended, admired this blue-inspired tablescape from our designer J.R.  His unique collection of English garden roses, fruit, and vegetables in his  flower demonstration were breathtaking. Many thanks to Temecula Olive Oil Company for coming out for a unique tasting experience, Suzie’s Farm for their bountiful vegetable C.S.A. box, Edible  for their generosity for supplying their magazine, and Wendy Woolf for her informative presentation on the benefits of having a C.S.A. box.



Here we are at the beginning of the presentation with, our floral designer J.R.,  the President of the Garden Club, Helen Dizio, and myself.

The garden display from  J.R. Designs with his private collection of nature-inspired china, blue and white containers, and an antique three tiered rose arrangement.

A few of the appetizers for our guests.

Suzie’s Farm display of one of the C.S.A. boxes they donated for our guests to view for our Open House.  For more information about Suzie’s Farm :http://bit.ly/a5hzFG


I was just beginning my demonstration on phyllo, and talking about quick tips on setting up.


Our guests enjoying the appetizers and class.

Steve DiZio, our club director working on his first attempt at a tiropeta!

One of the club members, Janet Christ brushing her phyllo with butter!

Our Special Guest Wendy Woolf,  presenting the C.S.A. box from Suzie’s Farm, and the difference it has made in her life.

Edible magazines for our guests to enjoy!  For more information about Edible Magazine: http://bit.ly/3Ji6ld

Catherine, one of the owners of the Temecula Olive Oil Company during her presentation and olive oil tasting. For more information about Temecula Olive Oil.: temeculaoliveoil.com

Watermelon slices with local honey, one of our desserts we offered our guests.



Here’s J.R. enjoying his presentation and showing our guests how to build a centerpiece for you table from garden flowers.

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1 Kevin Kent

You my dear are inspiring.

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