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First Descents Tributaries 1st Quarter Event Recap

By: FD Tributaries

FD Tributaries Update

FDTributaries got off to a great start for 2015! This year, each of our 10 Tribs will have four quarterly events that align with First Descents four core values: Community, Adventure, Challenge, and Humility. Our theme of community brought a lot of people together to share meals in their own unique ways.

Denver, Colorado

We kicked the year off with the second annual Breckenfest in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. Going along with our community theme, we all shared a delicious chili dinner at the Bivvi- the rad hostel that we stayed at. After eating to our hearts delight we relaxed in the hot tub as well as played some fun games (heads up anyone??!) and just enjoyed the Denver Trib community. After devouring some eggs and coffee the next morning we headed to Frisco Adventure Park for a fun day of flying down some snow filled mountains in large inner tubes. If anyone hasn’t been snow tubing before..you are in for a treat! Tubing worked up a serious appetite so we headed to a local mexican restaurant for some queso and tacos. All and all it was a fun weekend and a great way to start off the Trib year with a bang! -Dizzy

Austin, TX

FDTribs Austin had a blast cooking up a healthy dinner for our Q1 community event. Not only did we learn about different types of healthy options for meals but also the best ways to prepare them. Afterwards we all sat down to share the incredible meal that we had created as a group! -Lil’ Sis

Boston, MA

FD Tribs Boston officially launched with a potluck at the Party Barn, a charming and decked-out converted barn owned by the family of Tribs captain Big Red! We feasted on lobster tacos from local restaurant Blue Ox as well as recipes from FD’s Out Cooking It cookbook! The raw coconut lime avocado pie that Sundowner made was a big hit. For some, it was their first FD event–a group of cool peeps joined us after the Dana-Farber Young Adult Conference that day. Tribs captain Rev gave a rousing, witty speech to the tribe, and as we mingled began to dream about our next big adventure together. -Big Red

Los Angeles, CA

On April 16, fourteen members of FDTributaries Los Angeles had the pleasure of gathering at Hipcooks for an awesome culinary workshop. We were honored to welcome some new faces to the FD family and connect with others who had been around a little bit longer. There was dancing, singing, cooking, and tasting as we learned how to tweak recipes to our liking. We ate a lot of amazing Indian food and we laughed even more. We can’t wait to see where our next FDTribs adventure takes us! -Mrs. Kemp

Minneapolis, MN

On April 6, six strangers met up for fun times with Korean food and Karaoke. In keeping with the First Descents spirit of community, politeness was soon thrown out the window as we each shared the highs and lows of our cancer experience. The food was great and the friendships formed were better. We showed up as strangers and left as good friends. -Ninja

New York City, NY

Wowzers!  A wait list for healthy cooking!  FDer’s ROCK!  Sixteen of us arrived at the best culinary teaching loft in Chelsea.  This place is so great.  Warm and inviting and just one long kitchen counter for us all to gather around and get cooking!  Cha Cha and Gidget teamed up with a slew of healthy recipes perfect for the spring time, including asparagus and strawberries!  We started out with intros and jumped right into why, what, how and where our ingredients were chosen and their super powers.  Then we divvied up into groups tackling all the recipes at once!  This was magic time.  Each team identified their ingredients and naturally delegated the work.  It was sense overload in no time.  If anyone wasn’t hungry when we started they sure were now!!  There really is nothing like gathering around the kitchen and cooking to bring strangers together.  Everyone was chatting up a storm and staying on task.  I was SO impressed.  Once our delicious dishes were ready to plate, Gidget, Cha Cha and I served up our hard working chefs.  Each team took a moment before we dug in to talk about what they learned, what they found challenging and how well they felt their dish panned out. What an awesome way to provide some insight and natural gratitude for their efforts and our yummy reward.  From asparagus soup, to asparagus risotto, to asparagus and shrimp quinoa our mouths were in happy time and oohs and ahhs abound!  Then my favorite part…DESSERT!  The THREE desserts were just AHMAZING!  Cookies good enough to have for breakfast they were so healthy, but so tasty you could enjoy them any time!  Fresh strawberries swimming in mango custard to die for and the BEST strawberry crumble… it was HEAVEN.  Each team went above and beyond and could not have been more proud of their labor!  Best of all this team of chefs found friendship and camaraderie in the kitchen, sharing a bittersweet commonality that is made of pure strength and courage.  There is no question we all felt overwhelmingly nourished in body and spirit, as only one can with FD! -Sunshine

Seattle, WA

What better way to spend a rainy Sunday in Seattle than with good food and FD family! The Seattle Trib gathered at Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. for an Out Cooking It potluck in March. What an awesome way to try a bunch of recipes from one cookbook at once! Our favorites: Avocado Cabbage Spring Rolls and Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies-yum! -Spike

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