Over the this past weekend I had the pleasure of collaborating with Wylie West Creative on an event for young Dartmouth Alumni spearheaded by Clark Moore as part of his inaugural Pine Salon Series at a stunning home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. We had one of our favorite photographers on hand, Andrea, of Andrea Patricia Photography to capture a bit of the magic. The 141st Kentucky Derby was one that will live in our hearts for years to come.
The menu was inspired by Southern tradition but sprinkled with California Farmers Market ingredients. We served classic Bourbon Whiskey Mint Juleps, French Rosé, and ice cold Stella Artois (the official beer of Churchill Downs). For dessert, mini seasonal pies and custom made praline pecan lollipops from Quin Candy.
Wylie West Creative made custom logos and branding for Clark's Pine Salon Series - a sort of social club - and we took those logos and created country club style cocktail napkins for the event. All of the menu cards were hand-lettered, and there was a complete overhaul, decor-wise, of the outdoor area, including art installation, pillows, colored flag pennants, and floral. The lawn area featured colorful seating and vintage croquet. The pool area had douses of whimsy with over-sized inflatable swans. Fresh leaf garlands hung along the outdoor staircases bringing forth the central color of the event, Dartmouth green.