2015 Novel Cuisine Luncheon + Giveaway

December 16, 2015 etc, Giveaway 1


Last Sunday was our Fourth Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon (Check out my posts about 2013 and 2014.) This event was started by Liza Wiemer. Every dish and beverage is based on a (mostly YA) book we read that year. The last three years I’ve helped her set the menu and prepare all the food. This year Alyssa joined us as well!

2015 was our biggest year yet! We had nearly 20 people attend. It was so great to spend time with so many bookish people… authors, bloggers, booksellers, teachers, librarians… all YA enthusiasts. There was some great discussion. We used Jamie’s (from Perpetual Page Turner) end of the year survey for ideas. I also created a bookish scattergories game and a subject headings/title matching game. I like to think everything was a success.

As an added bonus this year, everyone received an ARC of Melissa Gorzelanczk’s ARROWS, which is being published by Delacorte Press on January 26, 2015! This is Melissa’s debut YA novel. She’s a Wisconsin author and we are all excited for her book!


Each year we have a book swap and donation. Attendees brought books to donate to the new Sojourner Family Peace Center’s library. We collected hundreds of books to donate (and a few were swapped!)


Our Menu:

  • Strawberry Fields SaladWe Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Deviled EggsKeeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
  • Guac & ChipsWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
  • Trail MixThe Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Tomato SaladBetter Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
  • Make Your Own PizzaSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen, Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger, G0d Awful Loser by S. Acevedo
  • PastaHello? by Liza Wiemer, The Infinite by Lori M. Lee
  • PiesHello? by Liza Wiemer, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  • Hummingbird CakeRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  • Chocolate Chip CookiesThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds, Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczk
  • Raspberry LemonadeThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Hot ChocolateA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Coke/Diet CokeWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
  • Sweet TeaPersuasion by Martina Boon


(This giveaway is also being run in Liza’s post about the event.)

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