Retreat at Piano Manor: Food, Photos, and Recipes

Several weeks ago, I was lucky to get to participate in playing hostess to a wonderful group of piano teachers during Joy Morin’s Piano Teacher Retreat, “Retreat at Piano Manor, where I got to play the role of foodie/caterer!

I thought it would be fun to share the weekend with you from my perspective including meals and recipes I used (links to those available online).


Keepin’ it Healthy

Knowing that we had a gluten-free guest, I decided it was easier to keep that in mind for the whole shebang. Needless to say, I think we ate pretty healthy! Now THAT’S the kind of grocery cart I could aspire to every week. Color and real food.


(Two) Breakfasts Included

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Raspberry Orange Almond Muffins with Sprouted  Wheat Flour

Maple Candied Bacon

Honey Vanilla Yogurt

Fresh fruit

Scrambled eggs

Unfortunately, I missed getting photos of my breakfast tables!


(Two) Lunch’s Included

Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos with queso fresco, sour cream, and cilantro

Basic Mexican Rice

Crunchy Garden Salad

Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies [Chickpea Cookies – Gluten / Grain Free]

Mediterranean 3-Bean Quinoa Salad

Israeli Hummus with naan bread and raw veggies


(There was also protein in this lunch – grilled chicken tenders, but I didn’t like the photo! 🙂


Other Items

Herbal Iced Tea


Tea bag selections


Evening Charcuterie

Our time visiting on the porch was enhanced with a cheese board sporting brie, extra aged asiago, smoked gouda, and aged white cheddar cheese.

It was balanced out with grapes, dried apricots, dark chocolate covered almonds, assorted crackers, homemade sangria and Strawberry Limeade sweetened with honey.

Feeding people makes me so happy!

Luckily, everyone’s tummies were happy after two days of eating my food!

All the meals were healthy and delicious. The meals helped me to stay on Weightwatchers.


Meals were awesome! Excellent, healthy choices with the perfect amount of indulgences. This aspect of the retreat added a nuance that cannot be replicated at hotel or University conferences.


I am low sugar, gluten-free dieter (by choice ) and I was so impressed with the food! I was expecting to cheat but I didn’t have too. 🙂 Could not have asked for better!


Yes! I appreciated how Amy sweetened many things with honey. Almond coffee creamer was greatly appreciated!

Hopefully, if Joy is able to do this again next year I’ll get to serve you as well! 😉


In case you’re interested

My super amazing MoccaMaster Coffee Maker that I would buy again in a heartbeat. We’ve had it for over seven years, and it’s still going strong. The stainless steel carafe was perfect for keeping coffee hot for several hours without making it taste burnt.

My favorite electric kettle, which was so convenient to have around for instant hot water for all the tea drinkers!


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