Eat Drink Make! Back To Our Roots

Last night was the Eat Drink Make event that I co-hosted with Itha Cao of The Hungry Cao and Jasmine Cho of Yummyholic! In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Itha, Jasmine and I went "back to our roots" by serving authentic Chinese cuisine featuring root vegetables, giving a voice to AAPI issues, and teaching brush calligraphy with Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens.

This was my second time ever teaching a modern calligraphy workshop—the first time I taught calligraphy was to middle school students just a few days before this event! Since my business operates primarily online, any time I get to interact with people face to face is an exciting experience.

Before people arrived, I had the chance to be a photographer and take some food shots of Itha's delicious Northwestern Chinese cuisine!

 Itha and Jasmine also assigned me as the DJ, so I put on BTS' new album that just dropped and jammed out while people were trickling in.

Itha and Jasmine also assigned me as the DJ, so I put on BTS' new album that just dropped and jammed out while people were trickling in.

 I designed a simple but effective program for this three hour event.

I designed a simple but effective program for this three hour event.

 The Lotus Root Salad was probably my favorite! It was crisp, tangy, and refreshing.

The Lotus Root Salad was probably my favorite! It was crisp, tangy, and refreshing.

 Sticky Rice Spheres

Sticky Rice Spheres

 Potato topping for the Scallion Pancakes

Potato topping for the Scallion Pancakes

 The aforementioned Scallion Pancakes

The aforementioned Scallion Pancakes

 Marbled Tea Eggs

Marbled Tea Eggs

 Handlettered gold place cards for our guests!

Handlettered gold place cards for our guests!

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After a delicious meal, we turned it over to Jasmine, who told us about APA heritage month, and showed us her book, Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian American & Pacific Islanders Who Made History. I started tearing up as Jasmine read to us about AAPI historical figures and saw the beautifully rendered watercolor portraits.

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Then we enjoyed desserts from Yummyholic—a tres leches style cupcake soaked with a divine concoction of sweetened condensed milk and chicory coffee topped with fresh vanilla bean whipped cream and a cinnamon sugar baked mini donut. How cute are these Chinese watercolor style decorated black sesame panda cookies?

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After we were fed and watered, I began the MAKE portion of the night. Everyone got their own Zeva the Diva style brush lettering practice guide and a Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen. I'm no stranger to teaching, having had several years of experience with all age groups, but this was extra special to me since I got to feature my own personal passion for lettering and calligraphy.

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After that, the night was done, and all of our guests left with a sticker pack that I'd created a few days before.

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I have so much footage of the event to sort through and edit into a vlog (shout out to Sam for being my talented and hilarious cameraman!)

It was such an amazing event. I am so grateful for the support that we receive—without you, I wouldn't be able to pursue my passion as a career! Thank you!