Blog Post and Photos – November 14, 2019 with Eileen Dwillies

Eileen Dwillies’ talk was divided into two parts: during the first half she introduced us to various food movements around the Greater Vancouver area; recommended a few of her favourite cook book authors ( e.g. Michael Ableman) and suggested local markets to purchase our fresh produce from (e.g. Bruce’s Market, Hopcott Meats, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, Lepp Farm Market, Golden Meadows Honey Farm).

During the second half of Eileen’s interesting talk she offered several time saving and delicious ideas for appetizers. Do you actually know the difference between an appetizer and hors d’ouvres? Appetizers are served as the first course when seated at the table. Hors d’ouvres, on the other hand, are one-bite items that are stationary or passed on a tray. Hors d’ouvres are served separate or prior to a meal. The literal translation means “outside the meal.”

Here’s one handy tip we loved: when serving small meatballs offer them with pretzel sticks instead of the ordinary toothpick or plastic picker! Thanks Eileen, great tip!


Our Five Minute Spotlight Speaker was Lily Laverton of Nurse Next Door.

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Here’s a glimpse of our delicious, interactive morning meeting:

January 14, 2016 Breakfast Meeting Speaker

Angie McLeod


Angie McLeod
Business Strategist, Facilitator, & Community Developer
Hip Strategic Consulting

The Many Hats of a Woman Entrepreneur:

As women entrepreneurs, mothers, daughters, wives, volunteers, household manager, and family taxi service we all wear many hats. Juggling all those hats can be downright overwhelming at times. In this 30-minute interactive and fun presentation, we will do a short workload assessment, test our juggling skills, identify where we need help, and discuss how to best manage the day-to-day demands of your busy life.
Interactive elements: personal reflection & discussion, individual and group juggling

Angie McLeod is a skilled business facilitator, strategist, consultant and community developer specializing in helping women entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations grow and flourish in a competitive environment. At HIP we works alongside clients to find innovative, creative, and practical business solutions that are easily actionable. HIP recognizes and highlights each client’s unique assets to create a strategic launching pad for organizational growth and development.