Flowers and candlelight. Am I right?!

A Garden to Table Feast

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com

Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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

 

Chickens passing through the Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.)
Farmy flowers and table setting at the Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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
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.

How perfect are these hand-lettered and gold-foiled invites from VerySarie.com? Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.

Handmade name tags by LoveCreativeblog.com for Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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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Party chickens at the Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.

Darling menus designed by verysarie.com for the Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Darling menus designed by verysarie.com.
Oh, the picture perfection of heirloom tomatoes! Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Oh, the picture perfection of heirloom tomatoes!
Insanely yummy prosciutto-wrapped pear bites by GarlicMySoul.com for Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Insanely yummy prosciutto-wrapped pear bites by Garlic, My Soul.
Zucchini Crudo: zucchini, onions, parsley, and feta in some sort of zesty dressing. Garlicmysoul.com for Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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 salad by garlicmysoul.com via Farmhouse38.com.
So much gardeny goodness in this salad!
Feasting at Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Our plates just had no hope of being big enough!

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Party chicken at Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
What’s up, chicken?!

Did I mention the flowers?

Slow flowers at Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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 party, and well, they brought us two. Huzzah!

Fresh produce, even for the drinks! Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Fresh produce, even for the drinks!
Master drinksmith, Sam, of BourbonandGoose.com, hard at work keeping cocktails in everyone's hands. Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Master drinksmith, Sam, of BourbonandGoose.com, hard at work keeping cocktails in everyone’s hands.
Cocktails by bourbonandgoose.com. Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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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Beers for days, Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.

Mimosa Cheesecake in a jar by beyondfrosting.com. Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
I heart cheesecake in a jar. So much. I ate it so much, too.
Fresh berry pies by beyondfrosting.com. Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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!

Slow flowers and candlelight at Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Flowers and candlelight. Am I right?!
Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
Such a fabulous time!
Party dog at Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.com.
White dog had to get in on the party.
Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.

Sugar scrubs by oliveandlove.com for Garden to Table Feast at Farmhouse38.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.

 

 

 

 

31 Comments

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

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

  2. Liz

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

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

  3. Lindsey

    Looks like a great evening!

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

  5. Tessa

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

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

  7. Cate

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. roberta

    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

    Wow! Everything is sooooo beautiful <3 The chickens add the perfect touch!
    Smiles, DianeM 🙂

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

  12. 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! <3 Thanks for also linking up to my cheesecake!

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

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

  15. 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

    • 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. 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.

    • 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

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

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