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{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

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{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

FEED “how to GiftSquared” holiday party hosted by Lauren Bush Lauren with cookie decorating with Karlie Kloss and Christina Tosi

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

FEED began in 2006 when acclaimed model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme‘s (WFP) School Feeding program. As a WFP Honorary Student Spokesperson, Lauren visited countries around the world in Asia, Latin America, and Africa where WFP is operating and was inspired by the plight of the people she met on her travels. She took a special interest in WFP’s School Feeding program, which feeds and educates hungry children.

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

“I think the best gifts are ones that represent a larger idea of giving and caring. Our products will empower the gift-giver, delight the recipient and provide impactful food assistance and, with artisan-made products, employment to those in need throughout the world. To me, this is the perfect way to give!” —Lauren Bush Lauren

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

I had the opportunity to attend Lauren’s holiday event in New York, on behalf of {this is glamorous}, and was able to check out her new line that was handmade in Africa. Lauren told us that she visits the site in Kenya, where the bags are made and has built a relationship with the artisans.

[read more & recipe below] x

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

Each Feed 5 Africa Bag provides 5 children with micronutrient powder for one year. Lauren told us that the outside of the bag is made with traditional burlap material and then lined with traditional African kitenge fabric.

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

Supermodel, Karlie Kloss [above], who started her organization Karlie’s Kookies this past summer, told us that she was looking for a way to give back and wanted to do it with something she loved: cookies.

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}

So she teamed up with famed James Beard award-winning chef, Christina Tosi, of Momofuku Milkbar and served up her “kookies” at the event with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world (through FEED) as well as meals for those effected by Hurricane Sandy.

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}
Above, with fashion designer, Rachel Roy, also in attendence that night

Karlie, who is very conscious of nutrition, told us that one of her favorite cookies is the Perfect 10, which is a dark chocolate and almond oat cookie  that happens to be dairy-free, gluten-free, and no sugar added! We tasted all the cookies at the party (and also helped her bake some) and we can testify that they were absolutely delicious!

{event : FEED holiday party with lauren bush & karlie kloss, new york}
Above, left to right, with Christina Tosi and Karlie Kloss

So this holiday season, give BACK, visit the FEED shop and fill up a FEED bag with Karlie’s Kookies!

laily

Perfect 10 Kookie Recipe, Karlie’s Kookies

Makes 30 kookies (milkbar size: 2 3/4 oz scoop)

Ingredients:

Almond Flour,​1,134 grams
Gluten-Free Oats, 550 grams
Baking Soda, 6 grams
Baking Powder, 10 grams
Salt, 12 grams
Cornstarch, 10 grams
Slivered Almonds Lightly Toasted, 125 grams *
Mini Chocolate Chips, 350 grams
Olive Oil, 300 grams
Agave, 415 grams
Vanilla Extract, 35 grams

* Honey subs in well here too


Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Whisk together wet ingredients then pour into dry ingredients and mix until evenly dispersed.
  3. Form cookie dough balls with an ice cream scoop or spoon.
  4. Lay out on lined sheet pan and flatten cookies with palm of your hand (Or press down into a ½ sheet panbaking sheet and use cookie cutters to cut out portions of dough – transfer to a lined sheet pan)
  5. Bake at 315 degrees for 5-7 minutes until just golden brown around the edges.

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Laily Samadi
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in New York City, although her mind often wanders across the Atlantic. A lover of modern design, letterpress stationary, and simple yet elegant couture, Laily believes that happiness can be found within bundles of ranunculus or garden roses. As a visual person, she overlooks a film’s plot for aesthetic and cinematography. She divides her attention between two men: her husband and her puppy, Bear.
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