Monday, September 10, 2012

August Swap Recap (filled with lots of caramel)

It's always good to try something new. Which goes hand-in-hand with the old adage 'all good things must come to an end'. So it turns out that we are doubly thankful! First, for the friendship and collaboration with Patricia  which via the Algarden and her landscape architecture business BASE  included use of the space we held most of our swaps in for nearly a year! And second, for the new partnership with Sports Basement where we held the August swap.

In direct contrast to our former space being on the tight side, the Grotto Gallery seemed a bit vast for our group. We've already got some ideas on how to make it more intimate, and to take advantage of the extra space for next time though.

As it always seems to go, we had a great mix of new faces and familiar ones  plus we attracted the interest of a few folks who were just passing by in the store but got excited about swapping, including Jay who even snapped & shared the photos above/below this section from his phone (thanks Jay). Spreading the swap love, that's what we like!

So the master swap list this go around is filled with all kinds of goodness, and yes, indeed featured quite a bit of caramel: 

Chocolate Caramels, Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Sauce, Bulleit Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Dipped Mangoes, Vegan Biscotti, Organic Sprout Mix, Chunky Pluot Cardamom Jam, Herb Sauce, Eggplant, North Carolina Style Pulled Pork, Salsa, Bacon Jam, Organic Yogurt, Organic Banana Bread, Tayberry Jam, Pickled Zucchini, Lavender Chocolate Macarons, Black & Orange Preserves, Chicken Liver, Apple & Bourbon Pate, Plum & Pomegranate Jam with Tarragon, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Chile Infused Vodka, Papaya Habanero Hot Sauce, Boozie Cherries, Spicy Pickled Carrots, Pickled Spiced Beets, Creme Fraiche, Wild Presidio Blackberry Jam, Rustic Chocolate Choffy Truffles, Mahummara, Olive Oil Granola with Cherries, Pineapple Jam, Nectarine Plum Ginger Jam,  Asian Plum Sauce, Peach Jam with Star Anise, Apricot BBQ Sauce, Firehouse BBQ Sauce, French Yogurt Cake and Blueberry Lemon Bread

I know I don't have the names for two types of Martine's jam and one of Katie's breads...did I miss anything else? Let me know in the comments below please, (I do nerdily like to keep a full list).

Want to see more pics? Find them all here.

Big thanks to the marketing folks at the Bryant Street Sports Basement store! They not only provided the space cost-free, but provided beer and wine, as well as tables. Hooray for their support of local businesses and organizations.

See you again in October!

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