Exactly one month ago on the 5th of July 2014, a group of ladies gathered at Cowdray hall in Grays Essex for a cookout tagged ‘The little Essex Cookout’.
The Cookout was aimed at socialising, networking, all things food, merrying and raising money for charity. It was put together by some lovely ladies namely: Funmi Adegoke, Olukemi Amusa of K’s Cuisine , Hariat Tumi Orimole, Omotunde Bola Adewusi, Lola Sotonwa, Abolly Abolanle, Bunmi of Cooking Enthusiast and Olubunmi Fajinmi-Alewi.
It was a fun filled day with lots of food, drinks, music, gifts and prizes. We had over 40 attendees (we had cut off at 50 as we didn’t want too many people as a first) and our sponsors who gave us gifts, their services among other things included Kemi Kings, Rayo Abe of Panari, Bantuway, Dj Remiz, Bola Adeduro, Olayemi Oyewo of Hcube events.
Not only did attendees have fun eating and socializing, we raised about £736 for our chosen charity which was the Sickle cell society.
Take it from me Essex ladies can cook! we are generous and we rock! I am proud to be able to represent and contribute positively to the Essex community where I reside. You know as the saying goes..Charity begins at home’ 😊
Below are some of the pictures taken at the event. Enjoy.
Name tags for attendees in gold and black. Simple and lovely.
Cake made for the cookout by yours truly Olukemi Amusa of K’s Cuisine :). Feedback was it was moist, yummy and the design very creative 🙂
Hummingbird cake by Funmi Adegoke was moist and yummy. Got us all humming and asking for more
Foods available at the cookout Included Suya, Kokoro, Gurundi, Coconut candy, vegetable salad, Jollof rice, fried rice, Ayamase, white rice, grilled chicken, peppered beef, chicken, fried fish, rice and peas, Jamaican curry goat, Ewa agonyin, Tuwo, ewedu, gbegiri, gizdodo and many more…
Coconut candy by Omotunde Bola Adewusi
Crunchy and yummy Kokoro by Funmi Adegoke
Little Essex cookout planners and director of sickle cell society John
Let it bling..lovely bracelets presented to planners by Funmi Adegoke. A token as appreciation of planners efforts.
And we flaunted it 🙂
Our more than capable MCs Annette and Yinka Ola. They were full of life, fun and entertaining. There was no dull moment with them. I rate them 10/10.
Yinka Ola came all the way from United States to grace the occasion.
Some winners of the raffle draw…
Not only does Essex ladies cook, we also can dance. Dj Remix throwing down Cool music
And we raised £738.65 for our chosen charity ‘The sickle cell society’ ! This to me was the best of it all!
Presenting the cheque to sickle cell Society.
Say Cheese….we actually said Garri (proudly Nigerian)
Pretty in Pink
Mrs Ev and K’s Cuisine
Our young planners. They had so much fun. Bless them
The feedback was great, everyone had fun and we look forward to next year’s event which will be bigger and better. On behalf of the planning Committee, I say thank you once again to our sponsors and everyone who attended and contributed in making it a success.
” Love is not patronising and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same..with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead”- Mother Theresa.