Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Save Water. Drink Wine.

The Pine Salon Series strikes again. This time with an intimate dinner at Venue 66 featuring a sustainable menu by yours truly and conversation about the facts surrounding California's drought and the topic of conservation in general.  We had some incredible guest speakers including Liz Crosson, the water policy advisor from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Paul Lazarus, the director of "Slingshot", a film about segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis, and Brian Tichenor of Tichenor & Thorp Architects. Collaborators included Mountain Valley Water and ClubW. The event design and creative direction was by the one and only Wylie West Creative. We also had our incredible photographer friend, Andrea, of Andrea Patricia Photography, on hand to capture some of the magic. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Ladies Who Lox

 A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of cooking for the coolest gang of gals on the westside. It was an intimate ladies only brunch co-hosted by our friends Sarah Hendler and Andrea Arria-Devoe. Andrea graciously opened up her ultra chic home for the sunday morning fĂȘte and Sarah brought along her stunning SH jewelry collection, a mixture of curated estate and vintage pieces along with others that she has personally designed. 

Boo, of Wylie West Creative created a hand-lettered menu board and welcome sign. She also created a custom playlist to set the mood - the perfect blend of Florence + The Machine and brass band classics. We served french press iced blue bottle coffees and french rosé along with fresh squeezed orange juice. The spread included still-warm Bialys from Gjusta Bakery and full smoked and cured fish spread including nova lox from Wexlers. Additionally, I stocked up on farmers market goodies like local summer berries, fresh figs, and squash blossoms that I used for made-to-order burrata frittatas.

All images courtesy of Wylie West Creative