Hiii! My name is Megan Silianoff and I’m the creator of Greetings from Texas, the author of 99 Problems But A Baby Ain’t One, and the host of the latest For Reals Meal. When Jessica asked me to host I was pumped yet concerned about the logistics given I live in Houston, Texas. Jess didn’t seem down with my road trip idea (rude) or an al fresco picnic in Grant Park. (Who doesn’t love Chicago in winter?) But then she suggested having her friend, Anne Owen, owner of Owen + Alchemy, whip up some food and rent a hotel room to eat it in. We high fived and never looked back.
When my guests arrived they were given my book as a token of my appreciation for coming. Let’s not forget accepting an invitation from a stranger to meet her for a 100% plant based meal isn’t super normal. But each person I reached out to was so game!
I handpicked this group of gals as they all were fellow creatives doing things in their work that I admired and wanted to know more about! Joanna, for example, is a literary agent. As someone who writes books, I loved getting more insight into her daily grind. At the end of the day, it was just really nice to break bread (plant-based of course!) with likeminded chicks who share the same ambition as me – make a living doing what they love.
Top Left: Jessica Murnane (creator of this website you’re looking at)
Top Center: Joanna MacKenzie, Literary Agent at Browne & Miller
Top Right: Jess Keys, The Golden Girl
Bottom Right: Merl Kinzie, Clyde’s Rebirth
Bottom Center: Megan Silianoff, Greetings From Texas
Bottom Right: Caitlin Kerr, The Foxglove Studio
The Menu from Owen +Alchemy:
– Sprouted grains salad with roasted local carrot and smoked tomato vinaigrette
– 3-kale salad with shaved fennel, almonds, radish, and creamy avocado dressing
– Kelp noodles with jalapeño, lemongrass vinaigrette, daikon, cilantro, scallion, sesame, carrot, and wakame
Bon Appetite Biatches! The food was TO.DIE.FOR. My favorite was the kelp salad, but that’s like saying my favorite TV show is Homeland. It doesn’t mean, I’m not equally obsessed with House of Cards.
And Anne brought some of her most popular juices too. #delish
We also had this kind of juice.
Dessert was orgasmic. Jess made her famous chocolate chunk cookies. She explained these suckers best when she said “a lot of times my food is good considering its plant-based. These cookies are good without having to take that into consideration. These cookies stand on their own.” Amen sister. Now pass me another one.
People geeking over the cookies.
After everyone left Jessica and I stayed back and she interviewed me for the 18th episode of her podcast. She called it Becoming Cancer Champion + The Power of Telling Your Story. We laughed throughout the entire thing. Mostly because we think we’re hilarious (we are) and possibly because of the formerly mentioned champagne “juice”.
And now I’m going to thank people
Thanks to Jessica for letting me host! You can learn more about my work here.
Thanks to Eva Deitch for the amazing photography. You can see more of her work here.
Thanks to Anne and Owen+Alchemy for the DIVINE food.