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Dirty Thirty, Indeed

15 Feb

Dirty Thirty

Oh my gosh, it’s been awhile. The party and the trip to Africa happened. Not to mention a few others big revelations. First and foremost being: we’re moving to L.A.!!! Evan accepted a job offer in Los Angeles to continue working with Stumptown Coffee Roasters. I’ll be leaving my post at the Woodsman Tavern in March in order to join him down south. My departure from this group of people is bittersweet, as we really have become family. That said, I miss my husband, who has been living in DTLA since the first of the year.

Now…where did we leave off? That’s right! Back to the party!


So many wonderful people were involved to make this special event successful. I wanted to indulge my Francophilia and love of Woody Allen so I chose “La Vie en Rose” as a theme. (An added bonus: I finally wear my hatband in public!) I am deeply indebted to our many friends and family who invested their time and energy to see my vision come to life. Fittingly for this animal lover, proceeds from the event benefited our friends Amy’s animal rescue and adoption organization The Pixie Project. You can see more photos and silly costumes from the event by skipping over to Paige’s blog or by checking out the gallery from StudioBooth. Once again, many, many thanks to everyone involved. Literally. Could Not. Have Done it. Without You. Thanks for making my entry into “adulthood” so memorable. Especially Mr. E. Dohrmann: It’s a pleasure growing old with you, Sir.


Photography: Paige Jones / Invitations: Inclined to Create / Dinner Location: Little Bird Bistro / Party Location: Boothster / Flowers and Event Design: Rosemary Stafford Floral / Party Spread: Self Catered* / Cocktails:  Tender Bar / DJ: Tim Betterly / Photobooth: StudioBooth / Photobooth Props: Paperfinger / Dress: A.B.S. By Allen Schwartz (snagged at Goodwill + and black trim from a local fabric store)/ Wig: The Lippman Co. (5+ years ago) / Hair accessory: Ruche / Sponsored Charity: The Pixie Project

*The party spread was pretty ridiculous and entirely self catered! It took about a week to nail down my “Midnight in Paris” menu and required the help of several family members in order to pull it off. The menu included:

Rosemary Almonds

Olives with Orange and Fennel

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheese and Charcuterie boards with various pickles, jams and mustards

Pissaladieres (Provencal Pizzas with caramelized onions and anchovies)

Mini Ham and Brie Sandwiches wrapped in craft paper tied with bakers twine

Cookie Platter complete with Macarons Et Madeleines (naturally!)

Next up: AFRICA!

We Made This

1 Sep

Blueberry-Black Pepper Pie

with cornmeal crust, lemon cream and basil

This was the final dessert served at the aforementioned horseshoes tournament. We used blueberries picked from a friend’s property. E. Dohrmann made the crust and I made filling and lemon cream, which is really just homemade lemon curd mixed with crème fraiche. Our friend Tim from Pupil Photo took a beautiful photo of our truck in the park. Evan said this is his favorite picture of Lucy to date. She does look mighty fine.

Photo courtesy of Tim Roth, Pupil Photo

The horseshoes tournament was being put on by our friends over at Urban Honking. We were asked to create a custom meal fit for a casual “cookout in the park.” Many of the guests were vegan or vegetarian so we decided to make all of the sides vegan. When Evan and I were vegan we tended to like things fairly spicy. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the dishes we made for the event incorporated chiles, fresh herbs, smoked spices and fresh squeezed lime juice. We shopped a local farmers market for all of the produce. My favorite part came when we selected the beans for the succotash. We used favas, blue lakes and purple burgundy beans. Here is the rest of the menu from the day.

Peach-Mint Julep Popsicles
Veggie Beet Burgers
balsamic pickled beets, avocado, butter lettuce and caper berry pesto (goat cheese optional)
80/20 Beef Bacon Burgers
gorgonzola, butter lettuce and tomato-peach Jam
Summer Succotash
corn, green beans, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, sweet onion and shell beans
Spicy Baked Beans
pinto, black, butter, garbanzo and kidney beans baked with onions and peppers in spicy bbq sauce
Jalapeno-Lime Kale Slaw
lacinato kale, cabbage, carrot, red onion and jalapeno with lime dressing
Sliced Watermelon with Lime
Vegan Coconut Peach Rice Pudding

One of my favorite parts from the evening was passing out the peach mint julep popsicles. It was fun seeing adults’ faces light up with glee at the thought of a popsicle containing bourbon. These were a huge hit and a great way to start the meal. Many thanks to our friend and personal girl friday, Erika Polmar from Plate & Pitchfork, who successfully tracked down popsicle molds for us so late in the season.

I also got a kick out of the tournament prizes. 1st:Hancocks Presidential Reserve bourbon, 2nd: Old Grand-dad Kentucky bourbon, 3rd: Pickle juice.

Evan and I would like to thank the peeps over at Urban Honking and specifically Steve, Mike and Judah for including us in this spectacular  (biannual) event. It is definitely one of the highlights from this summer and certainly one of our better catering gigs.