Wednesday, May 1, 2013
There is something wonderful about spending an entire day cooking. I love the idle chatter and ease of focused company. Although I spent most of my time setting the table, I enjoyed watching the arrival of boxes filled with burrata, tomatoes, fava beans, basil, home made bread that took days to make, olive oil, mint, carpaccio and Tonio's families grain sieves and linens. The day unfolded into a painterly scene, a still life of colours and textures, followed by the robust aromas of Puglian cooking.
These kinds of days require a lot of planning, a lot of help and a lot of knowledge. Even though there is tremendous work involved, there is something very rewarding to hear the din of people enjoying themselves late into the evening. I couldn't ask for better days than this.
Thank you to everyone who came out, coats and all and special thanks to the crew,
Tonio, Jennifer, Kelly (whose outfits were incredible)Tom, Daniel, Sheila, Ehrin, Alistair, Nino, Pascal and Klee.
I wish we could do this everyday!
photographs| Klee Larsen
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Some of you may remember last year when Tonio Creanza from Famiglia Creanza gave a talk and sampling of olive oil. The evening ended in the garden with a rustic menu hailing from Tonio's home region of Italy, Puglia. It was the stand out night of 2012 for me, an unseasonably warm night, followed by crusty bread, burrata, squid and fennel salad, dandelion greens with fava beans and 42 people crammed into our backyard. This year will be smaller, 24 people and if the demand is there, we'll add an extra seating on the saturday. Hopefully the weather holds out, if not, thankfully we are resourceful!
Please email me @email@example.com to book you spot. Suggested donation is 40.00 cash.
Please bring your own bottle of wine, your kids, your parents and your grandparents if you'd like, this is a family style dinner!
If you'd like to have a little freak out over Tonio's summer projects in Puglia, visit his website here
If you want a recap of last years events you can peruse the 'events' section of this site.