Mark your calendars for two culinary events in 2019!
On Saturday, May 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., I will host the second annual Hawley Rhubarb Matinee at my home in Hawley, Massachusetts! Bring your favorite rhubarb dish, recipe, and/or anecdote--or just come enjoy other people's rhubarb concoctions! RSVP or ask questions by emailing HawleyRhubarb@earthlink.net.
AND on Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 a.m., the Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival will return. This delightful day of fun and food (its centerpiece is a pudding contest!) is a fundraiser for the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, my local historical society. The festival comes only once every five years so you won't want to miss it.
In other news, I cook on Mass Appeal approximately every couple of weeks in the warmer months of the year. I'll be back there on Tuesday, April 23.
On the evening of Wednesday, May 15, I will speak at the annual banquet of the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club. This is a closed event--but I will also speak the following Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the Rowe Public Library. That event is open to the public--and will be followed by a plant sale!
On Thursday, May 23, at 6:15 p.m. I'll teach my second course of the year at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. The evening will focus on one of my favorite seasonal foods, ASPARAGUS. To register, visit the cooking school's website or call 413-586-7978. More classes will follow on July 2 (zucchini!) and later in the year.
On Saturday, June 8, I will serve nibbles at sell books at the annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival in lovely Lenox, Massachusetts.
Did I mention that I SING as well as cook? Last August 25 pianist Jerry Noble andc I presented A CENTURY OF SONGS AND SINGERS, a musical tribute to songs, songwriters, and singers born in 1918. The date would have been Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday! So we performed some of his songs, along with favorites written or sung by Alan Jay Lerner, Pearl Bailey, Dick Haymes, Robert Preston, Joe Williams, and my late mother Jan. It was magical evening!
Donations at the door went toward helping maintain the church's lovely baby-grand piano (with a small percentage going to the musicians). If you'd like to hear me speak about the program (and about the experience of singing older songs in general), you can listen to this radio preview. Jerry and I will return the first weekend in August of 2019 for another fun program at the Federated Church, this one to benefit Mohawk Trail Concerts.
I love to speak to women’s clubs, libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and other groups. I also enjoy cooking and talking on television and on the radio.
One librarian wrote in a thank-you note, “You had such a rapport with the audience it felt as though we all knew you.”
My favorite topics are the ways in which food can connect us to others through memory and the life lessons one can learn from cooking and caregiving. I also conduct recipe-writing workshops and organize evenings of group cooking. I'm articulate and funny (if not modest!), and I can always sing in a pinch!
If you’d like to have me talk to your group or your book club, please use the contact form on this site.
And now ... a little video! (You can see more of me on my YouTube channel!)
Below I prepare a spring favorite (dandelion greens!) on Mass Appeal. (I forgot to add salt to the dish on the air but urge you to add a little at home.) Please enjoy my hat!
I was also interviewed a few years back for the public-television program Making It Here. (You get to see my dear late mother Taffy in this clip!)
And a little audio, courtesy of the public-radio station WFCR/NEPR:
This past spring I talked about RHUBARB (natch!) with Carrie Healy. Of course, we had to do a little baking. And in November I stopped by to record a commentary on the centenary of the Armistice that ended the Great War.
Here is what one Massachusetts minister wrote about one of my presentations:
It was an amazing program that Tinky Weisblat offered to our community about care-giving in general and about caring for family members with dementia, in particular.... Tinky read from her new book, Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures. It is a year-long journal of family memories and daily stories about caring for Tinky’s mother, Jan (Taffy), in her apartment in Virginia near Tinky’s brother, and here in her home in Hawley. The book is loving and humorous and informative all at once. Others who came to the program shared their own experiences, and I realized how this is such an understated story.... Thank you, Tinky, for bringing the challenges of care-giving to our attention.