Behind the Seams with summer intern Stephanie Flint

Hi! I'm Stephanie, a senior at Butler University and the Human Resources intern in the Fort Wayne office. As long as I can remember, I have enjoyed collecting Vera Bradley, and I am extremely excited about this summer. Check back to follow what's happening behind the seams at Vera Bradley!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Potluck Dinner ... Intern Style

This week, our intern dinner was a huge success! We chose a Potluck theme and asked everyone to bring their favorite dish. We made it even more interesting by making it a competition (with the prize being a feature on Behind the Seams, of course). I wish we would have done this sooner, since it shaped up to be one of the best dinners I’ve had in awhile. Since we are, let’s face it, a bunch of college kids, we decided not to put the stipulation on the contest that it had to be homemade, hence the watermelon, or prepared by anyone specific, which led to a few entries by interns’ Moms.

The entries, including ice cream cake, meatball sandwiches and fettuccine alfredo.

My dish for the evening – a Make-Your-Own Macaroni and Cheese Bar – was actually inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, The Pioneer Woman. I’ll admit it … I used a box to make the Mac n’ Cheese and used different toppings than she did, but it was still delicious.

My Make-Your-Own Macaroni and Cheese Bar with tomatoes, green onions and extra cheese toppings.

The day after our get-together, I had all of the interns who attended vote on their favorite dish. And the winner was … Abby, the E-Commerce intern (who you might recognize from our Communities page)! She made some delicious Black Bean Salsa that changed my life (and everyone else’s, I’m sure), and she was kind enough to share the recipe, so you all can try some too!

Abby’s Black Bean Salsa

  • 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Juice of 1/2 lime

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can corn, drained

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Tortilla chips, to serve

  1. In a large bowl, combine the bell peppers, onion, corn, black beans, garlic and cilantro.

  2. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper.

  3. Toss and serve with chips.

I’m already planning to make this fabulous dish for a family get-together we are having the weekend of my sister’s wedding! It is the perfect complement to a hot summer day, and it tastes great either with chips … or even without, so give it a try!


  1. So many delicacies!

    Will have to try out Abby's recipe after this rave... fabulous review!!!


  2. the dip was great... the ice cream sandwich cake was even better

  3. Everything looks fantastic! Especially that Maccaroni salad from Kroger ;)