Tonight after dinner Hubby Tony and I got in the car and drove to our local St. Louis Bread Company (AKA Panera) for their MyPanera Tasting Event.
MyPanera is the bakery-cafe's loyalty card. If you use it enough, they'll reward you with discounts or even free items. Although tonight's event wasn't free, it was very reasonable. When we walked in we were directed towards the check in station. After we paid the cashier handed us plastic plates and cups and told us to take advantage of all the stations that were showcasing the seasonal menu items.
Our first stop was the bread station, where we wrote our names on a piece of parchment paper and got a hunk of dough. We stretched the dough into a mini-baguette and scored it with a knife, then put it in the "to bake" area. At that station they were serving avocado crostini and Cinnamon Crunch scones.
The next station held samples of soups and salads: Chilled Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad, Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad, and Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder, along with plain and avocado crostini. We added some of everything to our plates, then headed toward the cold drink area to choose from urns of plain and flavored iced tea and iced coffee.
Everything tasted great; I went back for a second scone to split with Tony; while I was there I snagged another avocado crostini. After we finished our food we sat and chatted. On our way out we stopped and picked up our bread, now bagged and waiting for us by the door.
I don't know what I'm going to make for dinner tomorrow, but the menu will include that bread!
Five years ago today: New Thing #188--Whee!