A Sandwich Party for the Teachers + Giveaway!

by on October 18, 2011

A sandwich party for the teachers at our preschool

Those of us who love to cook know how it is. Nothing makes us happier than to pour our hearts into preparing a special meal and see delight on the faces of our guests as they enjoy it. I spent a good chunk of last week chopping, slow cooking, baking and caramelizing to pull off a lunch party for the staff of our preschool last Friday.

In conjunction with their National Sandwich Day Challenge, Arnold/Oroweat asked me to host a sandwich party featuring their Health-full bread (see the giveaway at the end of this post). I saw it as the perfect opportunity to show my appreciation for all of the teachers and aides at our school by treating them to a special lunch just before their weekly staff meeting. After much frantic scrambling that morning and some last minute packing help from my babysitter (thanks again, Jo!) I managed to get all of my trays and bowls transported to the school and set up under the big tree in the play yard.

I served three types of sandwiches:

Caramelized Onion, Fig Preserves and Goat Cheese Tartines

Caramelized onion, fig preserves and goat cheese tartines…

Steak, Roasted Bell Peppers and Goat Cheese Tartines

Steak, roasted bell peppers and goat cheese tartines…

Mini Black Forest Ham and Gruyere Panini with Butternut Squash Soup

…and Mini Black Forest Ham and Gruyère Panini over little bowls of warm butternut squash soup.

Tyler Florence's Fall Salad

My salad was Tyler Florence’s Fall Salad, with fresh pears, frisée and radicchio tossed in a maple balsamic vinaigrette with candied pecans and shaved parmigiano-reggiano on top.

The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

For dessert, I baked the New York Times chocolate chip cookies, which is pretty much my prevailing favorite recipe at the moment. The teachers transferred this whole plate over to their dining table.

We have a few teachers who are gluten-free so I made them a special plate with the same sandwiches prepared on gluten-free bread. I also baked them a plate of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (which are actually rather good!).

Happy Partygoers

The staff has let me know that they would be very willing to help me out the next time I’m looking to cook for a group. 🙂

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Arnold/Oroweat would like to give 10 Panini Happy readers the opportunity to try their Health-full bread for free.

  • To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

I’ll choose 10 winners at random to receive free coupons. The giveaway will close on Monday, October 24 at noon PDT and is open to those with U.S. addresses only.

**UPDATED 10/26/11 – Congratulations to the winners!

  • #17 – Kristi
  • #7 – Elisa B
  • #13 – Sami
  • #15 – Robbi H
  • #30 – Sharon Clifton
  • #4 – Robin Sue
  • #26 – Jacqui
  • #36 – Roxana Payton
  • # 3 – Nelly Rodriguez
  • #23 – Debbie

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen October 19, 2011 at 6:05 am

That was very sweet of you! I would love to try the bread too!


2 I am LOVD October 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

Looks so delish! I’m sure blessings are coming your way because what goes around, comes around!


3 Nelly Rodriguez October 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

Very fun party! I haven’t tried this bread, so hoping I get to soon!
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4 Robin Sue October 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

Makes me want to be a teacher again. So much work went into this lunch Kathy- such a beautiful job, so colorful and creative!
Very Im-PRESS-ive;-)
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5 Lori @ RecipeGirl October 19, 2011 at 7:28 am

Fun! I love doing stuff for the teachers. What a delicious spread!
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6 Colleen October 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

Looks insanely good! Extra props for the GF options too! 🙂


7 Kathy October 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thanks! Made sure the broth in the butternut squash soup was GF too. 🙂


8 Elisa B October 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

What a wonderful event! It all looks delicious.


9 Kalyn October 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

We certainly didn’t get this type of food when I was teaching. I bet they just adore you!


10 kristin October 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

those sandwiches look yummy!


11 Lisa vuong October 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

What a wonderful celebration! Everything looks so delicious!


12 Dee Yo October 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

You had me at caramelized onions..and it just kept getting better! Great job!


13 Valerie October 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

It all looks delicious.


14 Sami October 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

Dang, now I am hungry and can’t leave the office!


15 Frances Harris October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

I enjoy eating this healthful bread often, and I would appreciate a
coupon for a free loaf very much.


16 Robbi H October 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

Everything looked fantastic!


17 Jessie C. October 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

Steak, roasted bell peppers and goat cheese tartines, oh my! I LOVE this one!


18 Kristi October 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

All of that food looks amazing! I think I just decided on a panini & butternut squash soup for dinner, thanks 🙂
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19 Susan October 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

You must be the most popular Mom at the school! Everything looked-and I’m sure tasted- delicious.


20 Amy S October 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

Everything looked delicious! I love those chocolate chip cookies!


21 Erin R. October 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

Oh, my goodness. Those little ham and gruyere triangles look so lovely, and I’ll bet they were killer dipped in the soup. What a wonderful thing for you to do! So generous with your time and effort.


22 Susie Bee on Maui October 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Beautiful spread! Lucky teachers.
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23 Cellabella October 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

Those sandwiches look divine! And those cookies too – I’d love to transfer them to MY dining table, hehe 🙂

And thanks for the giveaway, I’d like to enter! I’m a fan of Arnold’s bread and would love to opportunity to try more of their bread!


24 Debbie October 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

That’s quite the spread! What you said at the beginning (Those of us who love to cook know how it is. Nothing makes us happier than to pour our hearts into preparing a special meal and see delight on the faces of our guests as they enjoy it.) is something that my husband just doesn’t get. I love to make special treats for my daughter’s teachers and everyone else in our lives. I don’t think I could come close to what you did. But now I have some new ideas for the next teacher appreciation lunch. 🙂


25 Corisa October 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I love to eat arnold bread at all times of the day ! Breakfast sandwiches , peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tuna melts for lunch, and spread with nutella for dessert !


26 patti October 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

OMG! What a feast! I didn’t know food could be this mouth watering! Now that I found a perfect panini website, can I get the name of a good plastic surgeon?


27 Jacqui October 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This also looks amazing – especially those chocolate chip cookies!! I have been dying to try out that NY Times recipe. Would love to try the Arnold bread!


28 Roberta October 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Wow! How positively wonderful! Everything looks delicious!


29 Sarah October 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

What fun Kathy! My mouth is still watering when I think of our delicious lunch!


30 Mireille Le Marinel Lau October 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Delicious lunch! The gluten free bread and cookies were a real treat. Thank you Kathy 🙂


31 sharon clifton October 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

That bread sounds wonderful!


32 Francie October 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Oh Kathy! I am still smiling and thinking about the wonderful, yummy food that you so lovingly prepared for us! I have a cast iron panini press that (believe it or not!) was turned into the lost and found at the visitor’s center in Balboa Park where my daughter used to work. She gave it to me and now that I know about your blog, I know the correct way to cook with it and clean it! Thanks so much! XXXOOO


33 Eva October 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Dear Kathy,

That was an amazing treat! I LOVE sandwiches of all kinds anyway, but these ones were truly FANTASTIC! Thanks again, for doing this for us teachers, we so appreciated it!

Love, Eva


34 michele October 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

Hi. I would love to try the bread!


35 Veronica October 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

Wow! what a spread and everything looks so yummy. I tried that Arnold Real Jewish Rye with Seeds when I made your Cheddar Bacon Panini with Caramelized-Apple Onion Chutney (with turkey bacon). My husband and son loved it. That is definitely a recipe I will make quite often.


36 chris October 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Those looked awesome. I am so hungry now!!!!!


37 Roxana Payton October 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love the Oroweat Italian, so the healthy Oroweat would be nice to try. As a former teacher, Appreciation Weeks were really nice.


38 jessica w. October 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

everything looks soo tasty! The last picture is awesome, it had me smiling!
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39 Rachel Freeman October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Teachers earn every treat they get. Thank you for doing your part. I’d love to try the bread.


40 Jersey Girl Cooks October 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Wow, lucky teachers! That is some spread you made. Next time I am helping with the teachers lucheon I’ll have to get some ideas from you!


41 Jeanette October 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Wow, I’m sure the teachers really appreciated all the work you put into this spread!
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42 Karen October 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

We really like Arnold/Oroweat bread. It would be great to try their new product. And man, I wish I were one of your kids’ teachers! What a spread Kathy! Awesome!
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43 Cheryl October 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love to win this!


44 Renee Simmons October 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

Thanks for giving your readers this fun opportunity!
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45 Lisa October 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

The Black Forest ham and Butternut squash soup look delicious.


46 erin October 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

very fun idea! gotta love our teachers!


47 Lauren October 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

You did a beautiful job! Everything looks amazing!
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48 Alyssa October 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

These teacher are so lucky! The Black Forest Ham paninis with the little soups are so cute!


49 Kathryn O October 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Oh my gosh! What an amazing, amazing spread. I think I would have a reallyyy hard time choosing a sandwich, they all look so good. Looks like it was all a big hit!
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