Sisters Natalie and Andrea Pavela of Yoga+ were this month’s FRM hosts. Why did I ask them to host? Well, for starters, a baller former For Reals Meals host (Dean Renaud) suggested them. And I pretty much think everything Dean says is cool. Second, I am so into awesome business- and community-building ideas – and Andrea and Natalie have one the coolest ones I’ve heard of in a long time. They started their event series (Yoga+), which are vinyasa-style yoga classes followed by interactive and educational workshops. They’ve done everything from floral-arranging tutorials to learning how to make boozy punches. So for our session, we did a little yoga and lots of eating. Pretty awesome idea, right?
Their guest list was so great. I had never met a single woman on the list, which is the best kind of For Reals Meals ever. Their guests included Sarah Burrows of Modern Sprout, Chelli Look of Chelli Harms Collection, Claire Staszak of Neighborly & Tula Yoga, Rebecca Crall of Territory, and Jana Kinsman of Doodlebooth and Bike•A•Bee. Everyone was so freaking kind and cool. I told Natalie and Andrea that FRMs can get really real and that there are typically tears at some point. This one was no different. As each person went around the room and shared their own personal and business stories, things got emotional. I was touched by everyone, but especially by Chelli’s incredibly generous spirit and dedication to empowering women. I encourage you to read her story.
And damn, the food was good.
Natalie and Andrea created a pretty incredible menu:
Iced Pitta Organic Tea from TeaGschwner
Kale Ginger Margaritas (inspired by the Garden Variety Margarita from The Wayland NYC)
Zuchinni Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Pesto + Pine Nuts
Carrot Cumin Soup with Parsley Oil from Middlewest Mag Vol 1
Quinoa + Diced Vegetable Cabbage Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Raw Almond Butter Triangles (inspired by Oh, She Glows recipe)
And all of this awesomeness happened in my house. It pays to be really minimal in the furniture department (aka I can never find anything I like, so my apartment is still kind of empty). Andrea and Natalie blew my mind when they turned my apartment into a yoga studio/dining room. They brought all the yoga mats, the table, the table decorations, and even all the table settings. These sisters are incredible women, chefs, and teachers. They’re just down to create change, and I’m so excited to see where their business goes.
To check out Yoga+ events, head here.
And take a look at Rebecca’s awesome wares, grab one of Sarah’s cool planters, take a class with Claire, see why Jana is so awesome, and pick up one of Chelli’s beautiful designs.
Photos by Eva Deitch.
Recipes coming later this week!
In the meantime, check out my basil pesto sauce. Toss it with zucchini noodles, tomatoes, and pine nuts and create the same dish shown here.