Finally, you guys, I can let you in on this secret! I’d like you to meet our latest venture, Field + Foundry, a dinner series meant to foster new connections and collaboration among creatives in the greater DC area.
Melissa Hope and I have teamed up with Bing to hold three small dinners this summer and fall, and we’ve gathered a great group of creatives that we can’t wait to connect. Each evening will feature an outstanding creative or local business owner who will share a little bit of their inspiring journey with the group. Each will also feature a short workshop that will allow folks to create something they can take home. For the first of these dinners, to be held super soon (next week!) at a farm in Virginia, Amanda Marko of the newly-launched Trouvé Magazine will join us to speak, and guests will be invited to make their own sourdough starter to take home.
A little playlist to help usher in the sun. (We need it today in DC!)
WatersGot to my head Spirit Family ReunionGreen rocky road PhosphorescentRide on/right on Desert NoisesDime in my pocket Neil YoungHarvest moon First Aid KitMy silver lining Josh RitterBonfire Josh RouseSunshine (come on lady) Tune-YardsWater fountain Tokyo Police ClubHot tonight PHOXSlow motion HozierCherry wine Townes Van ZandtPancho and lefty Camera ObscuraDo it again
On Saturday evening, Mark and I were lucky enough to join a wonderful group of friends for a potluck dinner in this beautiful place.
The dinner was organized by Melissa, one of the absolute loveliest people I’ve gotten to know through blogging, and attended by friends both old and new. We gathered in a little farmhouse on 1100 acres of rolling green hills, rivers, and more wide open space than I can even begin to fathom, owned by a monastery with a long, beautiful history and farmed by Melissa’s father.
The place is quiet and beautiful and the company was warm and inviting. Mark and I brought along pie, and Rebecca brought along two delicious salads, along with (even more importantly) the most adorable guest of the evening. The table was filled with fresh farm beef and beautiful juicy tomatoes, and though our dreams of dining outdoors were dashed by the wind, the cozy dining room made for the perfect spot for conversation.
We laughed and dined well into the evening, already planning the next event by the time this one came to an end…
I already live pretty far from the city, but in my dreams (in a world where commuting is a thing of the past) I’d love to be able to move even farther out… somewhere like this idyllic little farm where I spent my Saturday canning and celebrating the changing season with a group of new friends.
If you’re familiar with Kinfolk or with Rebecca’s blog, you’re probably not surprised that the event was beautiful (read: perfect in every way) but even more than that, it was a joy to attend.
Progressive dinner parties are one of the most brilliant little ideas I’ve come across in a long time – have you heard of them? The idea is that rather than have just one party in one place, you gather a few of your favorite people and have each course at a different home. That way the party moves around, and everyone has a chance to do a little bit of hosting!
Thanks to The Neighborhood (who hosted this awesome contest at Alt NYC) — and my super amazing neighbors — Mark and I had the chance to throw our own little progressive dinner party to ring in the fall.
I know you’re so excited, and you should be, but don’t run out and start booking your vendors right away. You’re going to want to get your bearings first, create a plan… you can’t do anything until you’ve got a guest list and a venue anyway. So sit back, relax, have a glass of wine with your new fiancé. You have time.
Indie Wed is coming to Chicago in just a couple short weeks, and I’m so excited to have two sets of tickets to give away!
If you haven’t already heard, Indie Wed is meant to be the innovative answer to the traditional bridal expo—for couples that have a different picture in mind for their big day. For some that may mean a bash that bucks tradition altogether, while others may simply want to incorporate a few unique details into their special day. Indie Wed events connect small, independent wedding vendors and local artisans with the couples that love them.
And the creative folks behind the show always put together the most gorgeous inspiration shoots, like this one based on geometric shapes, perfect to give you an idea of what they’re all about…
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