June 13, 2014

La Brea's #BreakingBread Tour + Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Something to know about me: I really like entertaining in my home. First, it forces me to clean my place. Second, it means I get to hang out with only people of my choosing. Third, it's a good way to socialize without spending a lot of money. (#teacherprobs.) But since I returned to Charlotte exactly one year ago (yippee!), I haven't hosted much other than a solo Orange is the New Black marathon on my couch. 

So when La Brea bakery contacted me about their upcoming sampling tour in Charlotte and said they'd provide me the means to host a "bread banquet" for my friends and family, I naturally jumped at the chance. Simple carbohydrates plus a party? Check and check. 
{credit: Dave Estep Photography}
This also coincided well with the end of the school year, when teachers are by nature ready to par-tay. So I invited a few of my work friends (and their kiddos) over for a La Brea-fueled gathering. 

{part of my ranson middle crew}
The food was a hit, the wine was a-flowin', and the little ones figured out how to take selfies, which is an important life skill. Plus, the party didn't end until almost 11pm on a school night. If that's not success, I don't know what is. Below is our evening, in pictures: 
{the bread banquet}
{avocado-tomato bruschetta on french baguette}
{vegan chicken salad on ciabatta rolls}

{caprese salad sandwich on ciabatta loaf}

{panzanella with rosemary olive oil croutons}
Some party candids:

{party people}

{jamal & me}
                      Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwiches
{makes 8}

1 large container Earth Fare vegan chicken salad (available at the deli counter)
1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed

Optional: extra Veganaise, raisins, walnuts to mix into the chicken salad

1. Bake ciabatta rolls according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly before slicing in half, hamburger-style
2. Place 1 romaine leaf on bottom half of each roll. 
3. Toss chicken salad with a little extra Veganaise if desired and divide evenly among each roll. 
4. Serve and enjoy!

La Brea will be in town all week giving away samples of their breads! Stop by the #BreakingBread tour of Charlotte at the following locations/times: 
: N. Davidson St. & E. 35th St. – Friday, June 13, 11:15 a.m.

Chantilly: Central Ave. & Pecan Ave. – Sunday, June 15, 11:15 a.m
Uptown: S. College St. & E. 3rd St. – Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m.

Follow La Brea on Facebook and twitter for more goodies!

Stay tuned for more recipes in the days to come. Cheers to Friday, to parties, and to summer! 


  1. Wish I were there to get in on same of that labreaD action! Yum. Side note: spyros brought home magnolia cupcakes last night...need carolina barre and core.

    1. I'll have to whip up one of these recipes for you soon!

  2. Ummmm, yes please. Also, your photog is on point!!

    1. Thanks love! Abundant summer sunshine helps ;)

  3. Looks like your bread party was quite the success! The vegan chicken salad sounds delicious - i'll have to check out that place next time I'm in Charlotte!


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