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Holiday Mug Huggers Virtual Class

It's that season again when we think of those who could use an extra boost of love and support. I have teamed up with the Colorado Events Alliance to raise funds and awareness for my fellow hospitality industry workers during these challenging times.

The CEA is hosting The Expert Holiday Series every Thursday at 3pm MST weekly through the holidays. You'll learn tips and tricks from our local industry experts in a fun and informal series. ALL proceeds make it possible for CEA to continue to give financial awards to those in need, especially during the holiday season. If you miss the live class, don't worry, the entire series will be recorded and available on demand through Jan. 18th.

Join me on Thursday, December 10th at 3pm MST for a virtual class where I will guide you through making Holiday Mug Huggers from start to finish. I'll share my secrets for baking the perfect cookie and assembling your cookie houses quickly so you can get to the fun part... decorating!

This $15 class includes digital materials including a cookie recipe, cookie cutting template, instructions, and tips on creating these adorable mini cookie houses. I highly encourage you to prepare your cookies and supplies ahead of time so you can make your houses with me in class (It is way more fun that way). But don't worry if you're short on time, you can just come hang to learn in class and bake up a batch when you're ready or... purchase a kit!

This time of year is super busy for everyone, so to help take the stress out of prepping for class, I've put together a Holiday Mug Hugger kit. Each kit includes a recipe card, a plastic cookie cutter, 4 sets of cookies (each set makes one house), chocolate, and 8 types of decorative sugars and sprinkles. While this set come with 4 houses, there are more than enough sprinkles for at least another dozen houses!

Supply kits are available for purchase for $30 and can be picked up in Denver on December 8th and 9th between 3-7pm, or shipped to you the week of the event. Purchase your kit HERE!

Not only are these classes great for yourself but they make wonderful gifts for clients, friends, and family – each class is $15, a bundle of 3 for $40 or the whole series is $75 (6 classes/12 lessons). 

Best thing yet is that ALL proceeds go to CEA to provide financial help to frontline event industry workers.

Here is a look at all of the classes being offered:

Week 1: Nov. 5th

Cindy Ollig of Perfect Petal will share the insiders list of fall and winter foliage, berries and branches for easy upleveling of any holiday table or centerpiece. Learn types and availability, what to stems buy for the most longevity, and design tips for the design challenged. All in 20 minute flash class.

Nikki Olst of Occasions Catering will teach you how to spatchcock a turkey for Thanksgiving. Spatchcocking cooks more evenly and more quickly, for stunningly crisp skin and perfectly cooked white and dark meat. Once you try this quick method, you’ll never want it any other way! 

Week 2: Nov. 12th

Chef Aaron Bernstein of Mangia Bevi Café/Epicurean Catering will show you his tricks and tips in making the perfect Neapolitan style pizza. Stretching the dough to the perfect size and shape is extremely important to the finished product and can make or break your pie! After watching Chef, you’ll practically be a pro!

From the Hip Photography will give us expert guidance into taking photos on your smart phone.  From composition tips to photo enhancements, you do not have to be a photographer to enjoy this guided instruction. All you need is your eyes, any phone with a camera, & an open mind.

Week 3: Nov. 19th

Picnic Basket Catering – The Art of Carving (full description pending)

Open Spot – let CEA know if you have an idea to share!

Week 4: Dec. 3rd

Chef Matt from Catering By Design is breaking down the Anatomy of Charcuterie. Impress your friends and family by learning expert tips on pairing each component’s flavor profile as well as creating a beautiful display like a pro! Get your camera’s ready because these boards are a social media MUST.

Join the talented team from Peak Beverage for an exclusive CEA wine tasting experience.  Supply kits will be available for purchase (pickup or delivery) the week of the event from the Peak Beverage store in Denver. More details to come. 

Luc Hughart, Creative Director with Imprint Events Group, will share his expertise on the Art of Gifting.  From selecting meaningful gifts to special touches on gift wrapping and so much more, tap into Luc’s brilliance to curate the perfect gift this holiday season.  

Award-winning cake artist Rachael Teufel will guide us through making an Holiday Mug Hugger. This class includes downloadable materials including a cookie recipe, cookie cutting template, instructions and tips on creating these adorable mini cookie houses.  Supply kits will also be available for purchase the week of the event. More details to come. 

Week 6: Dec. 17th

Footers Catering - (full description pending)

Open Spot – let CEA know if you have an idea to share

BONUS: if you purchase the whole series, you get a bonus dance lesson from Chris Starkey!  CEA is hoping to get people to learn the dance and record themselves and then tag Chris.  On that note, be looking on social for the CEA #cheerstoyou challenge, please post and tag someone else to keep it going. Donation is only $5. We’re hoping to get 1000 posts at $5 each! 


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