Terrific Tastings: Benevolent Brownies & Blondies

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Date(s) - January 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Pour a glass of sparkling wine and join Culinary Host James Sokol for a live, online, guided brownie & blondie tasting with special guests!

Terrific Tastings: Benevolent Brownies & Blondies

Sunday, January 24, 2021

1-2:30pm (PST), 2-3:30pm (MST), 3-4:40pm (CST), 4-5:30pm (EST)

on Zoom

Grab a cup of coffee/tea, a glass of red wine, maybe a flute of champagne and come do “research” (wink, wink) for a dessert to serve for your upcoming distanced Super Bowl party, Valentine’s Day dinner, other festivities, or any day of the week!

Or, forget the research altogether and just join Culinary Host James Sokol as he “zooms” you to meet Greyston Bakery leadership team members Sara Westbrook and Sunitha Malieckal. Learn more about Greyston’s interesting story & inspiring community impact, get insights into their product & business development, and – of course – take a guided tasting of their brownies & blondies!

Eat brownies; change lives!

PLEASE NOTE: Tasting Collections sales end on Sun, Jan 10th, but early ordering helps us in planning!

We hope to see you at the tasting!

The Company:

In 1982, Greyston launched a world-changing brownie to help people facing barriers to employment by providing jobs to its community’s most disenfranchised members – the homeless and people who have a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. Jobs are available to anyone who enrolls and demonstrates a willingness to work.

Since then, when people say, “Yes, I want to work,” Greyston says, “Yes” right back! They call it “Open Hiring”® – no background checks, no resumes, no interviews. As a result, the Bakery is able to reach the community’s neediest and provide them with jobs, skills training and comprehensive resources for personal and professional growth.

This practice invests in people and builds communities, businesses & a better world. It’s not someone’s past that matters, it’s their future. Greyston brownies buyers are part of their trust-building, future-making, life-changing revolution.

As they say at Greyston, “We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies so we can hire people!”

The Brownies & Blondies:

Greyston brownies are known for their superior taste and pure, quality ingredients. Because of their belief that purity and freshness of food marks the highest standard, all products are made without preservatives; everything is baked from scratch. The brownies have no artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, or hydrogenated fats; they are certified kosher and are made in a verified peanut-free facility.

The Tasting Collections:

The Indulgent Eight Tasting Collection($43*)

8 (2.5oz) brownies in a combination of 5 flavors: Chocolate Fudge, Brown Sugar Blondie, Snickerdoodle Blondie, Vegan Chocolate Fudge & Vegan Cinnamon Roll Blondie. Includes a discounted Online Tasting Experience ticket for one device on Zoom, plus packing & shipping.

NB: All 5 flavors will be part of our online tasting!

A Dozen Reasons to Smile Tasting Collection($50*)

12 (2.5oz) brownies in a combination of 4 flavors: Chocolate Fudge, Brown Sugar Blondie, Snickerdoodle Blondie, and Vegan Fudge Brownie (does not include Vegan Cinnamon Roll Blondie). Includes a discounted Online Tasting Experience ticket for one device on Zoom, plus packing & shipping.

Vegan Delight Tasting Collection($43*)

8 (2.5oz) brownies in a combination of 2 flavors: Vegan Fudge Brownie and the new Vegan Cinnamon Roll Blondie is an unforgettable treat. Includes a discounted Online Tasting Experience ticket for one device on Zoom, plus packing & shipping.

Share-the-Love Tasting-Only Ticket ($15)

Would you like to share a brownie collection with others? Get a friend, neighbor or someone fun (re: irritating people are not allowed) and split the cost of the collection, then purchase extra Tasting Experience-only tickets for as many devices as are needed.

The Tasting Collections & *Ticket Notes:

*All Tasting Collections include the brownies & blondies (as listed above), a discounted Online Tasting Experience ticket for one device on Zoom, packing & shipping.

Tasting Collection sales end on Sun, Jan 10th to allow ample time for packing & shipping. Online Tasting Experience Ticket-Only sales end on Thu, Jan 21.

All Tasting Collections will be sent after Jan 10th, but in time for the tasting event.

Products can be shipped only to home or office addresses in the continental US. Shipping to PO boxes is not available.

Fun Fact! Greyston supplies the brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Getting Your Zoom “Event Link”:

Event Registration: Whether or not already registered with a Zoom account, ticket buyers to this event will need to complete a Zoom event registration. After noon (PST) on the day prior to the event, an email with an event registration link will be emailed to all ticket buyers via Eventbrite. Tickets buyers must use the link to register (at no additional cost) for the actual Zoom event online and are encouraged to do so immediately upon receipt of the email. It’s simple: one click, add your name & email, one more click – done!

Name & Email: The name & email used for the Eventbrite ticket purchase must be used for the Zoom event registration. Using a different name or email may prevent registration recognition and, therefore, prevent the buyer from entering the event.

Event Link: After submitting the Zoom event registration, Zoom will automatically send a unique link to the buyer to be used to join the virtual tasting.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Ticket buyers who have completed Zoom event registration, but NOT received the Zoom event link should contact James (see below) before 5:00pm (PST) on the day prior to the event to allow proper time to find a solution.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best to – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom event registration/links to guests contacting James after 5:00pm (PST) on the day prior to the event.

Live Only: As with most live lectures, tours, performances, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Info Share: By purchasing a ticket, you consent to have your contact & shipping information shared with and used by our product partner’s database.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Questions? Email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Terrific Tastings is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”