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NETWORKING: Power Hour Luncheon, Hampton Inn and Suites Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, Apr. 25, 11:45am

The Power Hour Luncheon will allow Chamber members (and future members) to meet, greet and eat. Each guest has the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group, and new members are also permitted to make a short (30-second) presentation about themselves and their businesses. RSVPs are requested 24 hours prior to the event. The cost for a pre-registered member to attend is $20; $30 for non-members. Space permitting, member walk-ins are $25. Hampton Inn and Suites Sarasota/Bradenton-Airport, 975 University Parkway, Sarasota


Rustic Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is one of my comfort food darlings, and it's somewhat of a ritualistic pursuit to try as many renditions as possible. When I heard about owner Louise Converse's rustic iteration at Artisan Cheese Company on Main Street, I couldn't wait to check out her single serving version with a cup of her local Fresh Cup of Hope Coffee.

Converse grew up in England and Scotland post-war where her grandmother would make the dessert incorporating whatever goods were left in the pantry, and though her version has evolved quite a bit since then, she still aims to keep the cozy warmth of it. Converse incorporates whatever bread, which comes from C'est La Vie, is left over at the end of the day (she prefers the baguette most) and begins by soaking it for several hours in a mixture abundant in eggs, heavy cream and brown sugar, which adds a nice caramelized toastedness to the outside. She loves for the pudding to have a bit of crunchiness to compliment a moist interior and balanced flavor, and because both one of her local cheesemongers and her make it, they both have subtle preferences that show through by the changing of the fillings. Mine has a nice balance of chocolate chips, cranberries and pecans, but customers might see any combination of these along with walnuts, dried fig, honey and on and on.
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