Two Truths and a Lie: Chicken, Beans and Beer

Truth: Chicken under a brick. Truth: Tuscan white beans. Lie: Beer. But we had lots of great Italian wines.

If you really want to get to know a group of creative, successful women, let them make up a few lies about themselves. That’s how we broke the ice at the latest Cook the Part dinner. The classic “Two Truths and Lie” team building exercise facilitated great conversation and interesting stories among the chefs who created the Tuscan Farmhouse Dinner at Karin’s recently.

Cooking Team in the Kitchen

The entire team of chefs gathered in the kitchen.

The group of successful women included published and aspiring authors Teri Louden, Bryna Kranzler, Rhonda Rhyne and Karin Eastham; former concert pianist Susan Snow; country dancing queen Helen Adams, lawyer-turned-company-founder Pauline Getz; master chef with Mexicana flare Barbara Zaugg, graphic artist Traci O’Very Covey, food critic blogger Marcie Rothman and Fortune Magazine contributing photographer Cari Lighthouse Pike. And some of these women are even fortunate enough to have made careers out of these talents.  And I, Kristina Eastham, was able to spend the evening with these 11 “mentors,” hearing about the incredible journeys that brought them to where they are now.

Preparing Salads

Karin and Rhonda preparing Caprese Salads


Dinner Setting

A Tuscan farmhouse dinner setting

Farmers Market Art

Karin shows off Traci's Farmers Market art

Marci carrying salads

Marci shows off the Caprese Salads

After enjoying a tasty antipasto platter and homemade pizza Marguerite, the group teamed up into four groups and started creating the rest of the meal. Our time together in the kitchen allowed me to learn more about my teammates, Pauline and Cari, in a way that went beyond the typical cocktail party banter. Pauline educated me on the anti-microbial benefits of copper while Cari snapped beautiful photos and shared stories about her teenage daughter. The other groups had similar experiences, sharing cooking tips and new techniques and really getting to know one another.

When we all sat down to dine together, we discovered that the best way to we really got to know these women were through their “lies:” Helen does have toes painted like watermelons, but she does not have 12 of them. She only has 10 like the rest of us. I can lie so well that my mom doesn’t even know what my truths are (I did indeed sing the National Anthem at a Padres game when I was about 8!). Barbara is not my mom’s cousin from Lithuania (although I’d take her as an Aunt any day). And if you need your facts checked in the future, Marcie is the woman for the job, since she was a professional fact checker earlier in her career.

Caprese Salad

Karin, Traci and Cari raise their glasses for a toast. Cheers to a meal well-done.

The women created a beautiful Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese, topped with oil, vinegar and basil chiffonade. The main course was Chicken Under a Brick, Tuscan White Beans (although somehow one and a half times the ingredients turned into what seemed like ten times the recipe) and Grilled Zucchini. Then we finished up the meal with a delicious Fallen Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. And we’re still trying to figure out who is lying about the whereabouts of the missing cakes.

Enjoying Dinner

Bryna and Helen enjoying dinner, thinking about truths and concocting lies

Chicken Under a Brick

Chicken Under a Brick, Tuscan White Beans and Grilled Zucchini

Fallen Chocolate Cake

Fallen Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis, whipped cream and fresh strawberries

Categories: Menus and Memories, Team Cooking

6 Responses to “Two Truths and a Lie: Chicken, Beans and Beer”

  1. Barbara Zaugg says:

    This was such a fun evening! Thanks again to YOU Karin!!!
    The food was wonderful and meeting everyone and chatting around your dinner table was such FUN!!!

  2. Barbara Zaugg says:

    Kristina! WOnderful write-up….tu tia Barbara

  3. Thank you so much for including me in this fantastic evening of team cooking Karin! It was so great to cook together, and get to know new friends and just share the experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Nicely remembered Kristina! Your post helped me re-live the event.

  4. Marcie says:

    Great evening…It’s a fun way to get your pals to help make a terrific dinner that you all can enjoy.

  5. Rhonda Rhyne says:

    Incredibly memorable evening filled with gourmet Tuscan food, fine wines, joyful stories, and fascinating, talented women. Team cooking is ideal for meeting people and building personal and professional relationships. Can’t wait for the cookbook to be released! Great job Karin!

  6. Teri Louden says:

    WOW! To sum up this wonderful evening is hard to put in words, but here are some that come to mind… fun-filled, lots of laughs, awesome networking, scrumptious, memorable!
    Karin, thanks for having me participate in now two of these very special events and also for all of the work and energy you put behind each one.
    I can see how great these are for any type of team building or groups of professionals or friends.
    Cannot wait to see the book…with such awesome ladies behind it, including you, Traci with awesome illustrations, and Cari’s outstanding photography!

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