Today the food team got a chance to get out of the office and visit the exciting American Made workshop going on now in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. Everyone here at MSLO has been busy in the weeks leading up to the event, and many employee's have volunteered to help in various ways (I had the opportunity to help Food Honoree Lena Kwak, Creator of Gluten-Free Flour mix Cup4Cup prepare for her Master Class on Gluten-Free baking). The American Made awards have been an amazing opportunity for Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living to seek out and honor creative small business owners from around the country, and the workshop is such a fun way to create, shop, learn, and be inspired. Check out more after the jump!
While I was looking forward to Lena's demo, I really enjoyed looking around the "Our Finds" section of the workshop. The curated selection of handmade gifts featured some really interesting items from artists all over the country (including Everyday Food's Art Director Stephen Johnson's animal prints).
I bought a beautiful Aerium from Honoree Flora Grubb Gardens, which I debated sending to my mom (sponsors UPS and Avery provided shipping and labeling right at event), but is currently a lovely addition to my desk. Our craft editors are also assisting at the handmade-gift-making station if you want to make your own gift to keep or share.
There were also lots of sweet and savory treats to sample. The food stand was quite crowded around lunchtime, but I did get to sample some snacks from Murray's Cheeses and Red Jacket Orchard.
The workshop and events continue until 6:30 pm, so if you're in the New York City area check out the schedule and try to drop by!