Also: The tornado aftermath, blind dates and a garage sale for a worthy cause.
Portion size cheat sheet
We know that portion control is a not-so-secret weapon for losing weight, but between super-sizing and "food porn" photography, it can be difficult to judge just what a proper serving looks like. Enter CalorieCount.com, a health and wellness site that put together an infographic that compares healthy portion sizes with real-life objects. Think a baked potato the size of a computer mouse with a pat of butter the size of a poker chip. Check it out at caloriecount.about.com/food/infographic.
It's been almost a year since a tornado wreaked havoc in north Minneapolis. On May 22, Marie and Michael Porter returned from running errands to find a huge tree toppled onto their home. Porter is an award-winning cake artist and cookbook author, and writer of the food and lifestyle blog, www.celebrationgeneration.com. So naturally she spearheaded a jambalaya dinner for about 300 neighbors, which proved the first step in making recovery a matter of possibility rather than futility. Accounts of that process (and the jambalaya recipe) are in "Twisted," Porter's memoir of dealing with loss and bureaucracy, but also of new friends and new skills. A book release party will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.A blind dinner date
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is seeking to raise funds and awareness with its first Twin Cities Dining in the Dark event Wednesday at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis. Diners will wear special light-blocking blindfolds, heightening their senses of smell, sound, taste and touch. The goal is to "open guests' eyes" to the need to fund research into prevention, treatment and cure of retinal degenerative diseases. Individual tickets are $250 each and sponsorship packages begin at $2,500. For ticket or sponsor information, contact Michele DiVincenzo at MDiVincenzo@FightBlindness.org or call 1-847-680-0100.Les Dames garage sale
The annual Les Dames d'Escoffier garage sale for culinary and garden goods will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4209 Browndale Av., St. Louis Park. Proceeds benefit the Eastside Children's Garden Corps of the Community Design Center, which teaches young people basic job skills, helps them make connections to career opportunities and promotes sustainable growing methods in Twin Cities gardens.Phone # for a crowd
Last week's mention of Beth Rentz's new cookbook "Feed Many, for Fun, for Profit" prompted a request from her that we don't hear too often in these days of social media. Could we please include her phone number? Rentz's book is all about cooking vast quantities for large events (read: church basement functions), and she's learned that organizers often are older adults who don't always have computers. So here you go: 1-507-206-6989.
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