Throw a food-savvy all-female triathlon team together for an evening and and what do you get?  Fun times and great eats at Jen’s house!

The youngest and (almost) oldest members of Team Groove: Mackenzie and Les

The youngest and (almost) oldest members of Team Groove: Mackenzie and Les

Jen and Jene

Host extraordinaire Jen and Jene mugging for the camera

Thank you Jen Ward Barber (and husband, Mark) for hosting the Groove Tri holiday eat and gift swap last night.

A good glass of Bourbon--hard to believe that I used to mix this with Ginger Ale in college--did go to school below the Mason Dixon line, after all

A good glass of Bourbon–hard to believe that I used to mix this with Ginger Ale in college–Disclaimer: I did go to undergrad below the Mason Dixon line after all

Mark played keep to an incredible bar with some creative cocktail selections.  Bourbon with spherical uni-cubes prompted a discussion on how to freeze a clear ice cube (still a work in progress at my house—Geoff, this might be an exercise in futility)

Tofu Summer rolls a la Jen; Wax Beans from Jene and a slew of holiday slash healthy cookies

Tofu Summer rolls a la Jen; Wax Beans from Jene and a slew of holiday slash healthy cookies

You never know what is going to make its way onto the buffet table and the potluck did not disappoint—2 kinds of vegan cookies (Ginger-Molasses and Coconut Macaroons); classic Biscotti, Tofu Summer Rolls; Yellow Wax Beans,  Lentil-Bruschetta-Feta Dip, the requisite Kale Salad (what’s a SoCal party without a Kale Salad?); Dates with Coconut Bacon; Plant Based Almond Joy Dark Chocolate Mini Milk Shakes; Cilantro-Garlic Grilled Shrimp and Veggies with Chipotle Guacamole.

A gift exchange (complete with optional steals) rounded out the evening.  Hot tickets were Whole Foods and Lofty Bean Gift cards and a stack of dark chocolate bars.  I ended up with a week’s worth of a BeWise Farm CSA share—I can’t tell you that I’ve ever seen a CSA share under a tree, but being the recipient made my night.

The third member of the Barber household, "Ocean" the cat.

The third member of the Barber household, “Ocean” the cat.

Wishing everyone a Wonderful Holiday.