There's nothing I love more than collaborating with local creatives on a project centered around food. As many of you probably know from my blog, entertaining and throwing dinner parties are my favorite way to connect with people through home cooked meals and lots of wine. There's something inherently beautiful about treating guests with hospitality in my own home. It's a way to showcase my love of cooking but in a theatrical way, with a carefully set table and matching plates and silverware. We expect good ambience from a restaurant because that's expected and the restaurant industry is strictly business, but when we walk into someone's dining room that is carefully decorated for the guests with food and drinks prepared by the host, it makes us feel so special and warm inside. And that feeling is what I think the guests of FosterATX become hooked on and keep coming back to. So when the Foster girls reached out to me about a brunch party collaboration, it was a definite yes.
After having the girls over one night for one of my dinner parties, we've been talking about using our space for a food event. We live in a small home but with a spacious backyard with lots of greenery and character. The theme was "garden brunch" and in my humble opinion, our place was perfect for it. The brunch consisted of a 5 course meal prepped by the lovely couple (Tanner and Maradeth) behind Daphne House, a local catering company. The focus was all gluten-free meals including the desserts. From grits to bruschetta to fried quail, everything was prepared in our tiny kitchen. Sam from Bricolage Curated Florals provided the vibrant centerpieces, and Cathead Vodka provided the vodka for the bloody marys. Loot Vintage Rentals provided the tables, chairs, plates, glasses, and silverware. There were lots of mimosas to go around as well and some amazing golden milk from Crcuma, a food truck in town. It was a day filled with familiar faces and new faces, amazing food, and being in my home without feeling quite like my home. Everyone transformed our backyard into a dreamy space, and everyone involved had a good start to their weekend.