A Garden to Table Feast

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, event styling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.comGarden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, event syling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.comLast weekend, the summer solstice provided the perfect evening to collaborate on a wonderful summer party with a bunch of talented Southern California (and Western Nevada–holla, Reno!) bloggers. The idea was simple: let’s get together for a lovely dinner comprised of as many local ingredients as we could muster, and when possible, use ingredients straight from our own gardens. Set it all up under the mason-jar-lit grapefruit tree at Farmhouse38, shoo away the chickens, and keep the cocktails and Instagram rolling!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, tablescape and floral styling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

I just love a big ol’ farm table and mismatched chairs, don’t you? Flowers and candlelight never hurt, either! Not one bit.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, event styling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Just passing through! Carry on! (BTW, please take note of Eloise, in the background, and the way she walks. I don’t think her legs bend. Makes me laugh every time.)

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, floral styling and tablescape by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

The flowers! I have a special place in my heart for the flowers (always). Much more on them later.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, tablescape and floral styling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Southern California really delivered on the most perfect, temperate evening. The weather and light could not possibly have been better–and we could not have asked for a more talented, wonderful photographer in Ari Nordhagen of AmenPhotography.com. Find her on Facebook, and Instagram.

In addition to her mind-boggling design and illustration talents, Sarah of VerySarie.com must also be a little bit psychic because she somehow captured the exact essence of the evening in her gorgeous invites and menus.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, invitations by VerySarie.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

How perfect are these hand-lettered and gold-foiled invites from VerySarie.com?

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Because many of us were meeting for the first time, we kept ourselves and our blogs straight with adorable handmade name tags courtesy of Amanda at LoveCreativeBlog.com.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, nametags by LoveCreativeBlog.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

We all kept referring to each other by blogs, but it was nice to put names to blogs to faces.

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Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Oh, haaaaay, chickens.

Sustenance for the evening was in the ever capable and creative hands of Jennie and Corelyn of Garlic, My Soul. They came up with and executed the most delicious menu of comfort foods and gorgeous slow produce.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, hand-lettered menus by VerySarie.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Darling menus designed by verysarie.com.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, food by GarlicMySoul.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Oh, the picture perfection of heirloom tomatoes!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, Prosciutto Pear Bites by Garlicmysoul.com, photography by amenphotography.com

Insanely yummy prosciutto-wrapped pear bites by Garlic, My Soul.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, food by Garlicmysoul.com, photography by amenphotography.com

Zucchini Crudo: zucchini, onions, parsley, and feta in some sort of zesty dressing. Garlic, My Soul–you better be posting recipes!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, food by Garlicmysoul.com, photography by amenphotography.com

So much gardeny goodness in this salad!

 

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, food by GarlicMySoul.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Our plates just had no hope of being big enough!

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Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, tablescape by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

What’s up, chicken?!

Did I mention the flowers?

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, tablescape by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Slow flowers for days!!!

You all know that I take my cocktails very, very seriously. Fortunately, so do the two brains behind BourbonandGoose.com, Marissa and Sam. They were charged with creating a custom cocktail for the drink, and well, they brought us two. Huzzah!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, cocktails by BourbonandGoose.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Fresh produce, even for the drinks!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, cocktails by BourbonandGoose.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Master drinksmith, Sam, of BourbonandGoose.com, hard at work keeping cocktails in everyone’s hands.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, cocktails by BourbonandGoose.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

On the left, we have the Violet Beauregard: homemade rosemary infused gin, blueberry puree, and sparkling water. On the right…well, I can’t remember what it’s called but it was darned good. Jalapeño jelly-infused tequila, and fresh watermelon and lime juices. Yum and yum. For awhile there, I had one in each hand.

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Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Shiner beer is not exactly local, but it is exactly Texas. The Texan always insists there be Shiner. Gotta represent a local brewery with a little Golden Road, though!

Dessert came to us courtesy of the incredibly sweet tooth of Julianne at BeyondFrosting.com. Her individual Mimosa Cheesecakes (adorably presented in mason jars, no less) and fresh-baked berry pies were absolutely to die for. To. Die. For.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, dessert by BeyondFrosting.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

I heart cheesecake in a jar. So much. I ate it so much, too.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, fresh berry pies by BeyondFrosting.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Fresh berry pies are just too perfect for ringing in the summer. These were incredible.

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While you’re at it, check out YummyHealthyEasy.com. Jen is freaking fantastic. So is her site. She shares so many fabulous, fun recipes of all shapes and sizes. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

And then there were the flowers…of course, that was my little wheelhouse. The California Cut Flower Commission generously stepped in to help source materials from local farms (thank you to Mellano & Co., The Sun Valley Group, and Resendiz Brothers Proteas for their gorgeous, gorgeous flowers!). I also went to the most local flower farm I could think of: Silver Lake Farms, in the heart of Los Angeles for several lush buckets of straight-from-the-garden yumminess. Combined with flowers and greens from my own garden, we were dripping in stunning, local blooms. Stay tuned for a separate, more in-depth post about just the flowers!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, tablescape by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Flowers and candlelight. Am I right?!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Such a fabulous time!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

White dog had to get in on the party.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

So did little brown dog.

So that everyone had a piece of the evening to bring home with them, Laura, of OliveandLove.com, sent us all away with yummy homemade brown sugar scrubs as favors. She’s kind of known for her scrubs.

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, Brown Sugar Scrub by OliveandLove.com, photography by AmenPhotography.com

Find the recipes for these and so much more at OliveandLove.com.

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The evening was just beyond fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year! Many thanks to all of these amazing bloggers!

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com, event styling by Farmhouse38, photography by AmenPhotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

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31 thoughts on “A Garden to Table Feast

  1. kirbycarespodi June 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

    How AWESOME! (You folks in Cali have it made when it comes to garden-to-table. Jealous, party of one!)

    • farmhouseK8 June 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm Reply

      LOL–I know, we are so spoiled! I need to take advantage of it more!!! 😀

  2. Liz June 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Gorgeous — absolutely gorgeous. (Pinning the lighting by the way) And I hope Eloise isn’t a Nazi fugitive.

    • farmhouseK8 June 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Right, Liz?!! That’s what I think every time I see her walk. She’s so funny!

  3. Lindsey June 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Looks like a great evening!

  4. Katja | Shift Ctrl Art June 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm Reply

    OMG this is spectacular. Such a lovely party. The flowers, the food, the decor, the lights. Just everything is right!!

    • farmhouseK8 June 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Thanks, Katja! You are definitely on the list for next year!!

  5. Tessa June 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Holy moly! How does one procure an invite to such an exquisite garden party?! This looked like a divine evening!

  6. Becky Neville June 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    You’ve got it all: beautiful, friendly, aware , hip, good taste; food for the eye, gut and soul…and chickens 🙂 !!!

  7. Cate June 28, 2014 at 12:16 am Reply

    Gosh! This would be a dream come true for me – good food, that many people to know to invite over, four seasons and I am sure good conversation and laughter. I am SO envious! Glad you were able to have and enjoy that evening.

  8. Shannon June 28, 2014 at 12:18 am Reply

    I post! Looks like a glorious time had by all. Especially if there is Shiner involved.

    • Shannon June 28, 2014 at 12:19 am Reply

      That was supposed to read “Smashing post!” Not sure what happened there.

      • farmhouseK8 June 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

        LOL–you know what’s up, Shannon!! 😀 Texas had to be represented somehow!

  9. Julie @ Garden Delights June 28, 2014 at 2:31 am Reply

    I’m DYING over the beauty and deliciousness. The food! The cocktails! The FLOWERS!!! Kate, everything looks so magical. What a stunning taste of your wonderful evening. So happy for you all to meet and have so much fun.

    • farmhouseK8 June 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm Reply

      Next year, my friend, you will be at this table! Mark my words! 😀

  10. roberta June 28, 2014 at 8:50 am Reply

    beautiful and everything sounds so delish! looks like a great time was had by all. love the chickens giving the beaks up inspection!

  11. DianeM June 28, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    Wow! Everything is sooooo beautiful ❤ The chickens add the perfect touch!
    Smiles, DianeM 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 June 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

      LOL–a wayward chicken or two always help set the mood, dontcha think? Thanks, Diane!! 😀

  12. beyondfrosting June 30, 2014 at 2:08 am Reply

    This was seriously amazing. I am in awe of the wonderful job you did putting it together. I am so glad to have been invited! ❤ Thanks for also linking up to my cheesecake!

    • farmhouseK8 June 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply

      Oh, I’m so glad you were able to be there!!! Thank you for your amazing desserts, Jules! 😀 😀 😀

  13. June Monthly Mixer Part 1 June 30, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply

    […] It was a summer solstice potluck party held at the home of Kate and her husband who run the blog Farmhouse38. She and the gals of Garlic For My Soul hosted the wonderful event. I immediately fell in love with […]

  14. home, garden, life July 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Elouise could join a marching band in her spare time! LOL!

  15. home, garden, life July 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm Reply

    PS You soon will give P Allen Smith a run for his money. I attended his blogger event in 2013 at Moss Mountain. You would love his 600 acres! Diane

    • farmhouseK8 July 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

      Oh, I am sure it is heaven! I have several friends that went to G2B this year and I was drooling enviously over the photos. 😀

  16. Jenn Rowell (@NearFarMontana) July 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm Reply

    I went on and on and on about this to boyfriend the other day and how much I want to do something like this one day when our house/garden/chicken coop is under control. I love everything about this.

    • farmhouseK8 July 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

      Oh, it was so much fun!! You must!! (And hopefully it won’t take you guys five years like it did us–lol)!

  17. Aleshia July 27, 2014 at 2:07 am Reply

    Everything looks amazing, love the flowers and I spy Boognish!

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