“Hooked” by the women of Chive

The women of Chive – innovative, committed, crazy talented – and all served up with a side of grace. They hosted their 2nd Sustainable Sunday Supper “Hooked” in late July where I was introduced to their focus of sustainable event design and catering.  The event included local purveyors who not only donated their time, but their wares as well… and the proceeds helped raise the needed funds to purchase a tractor for the Food Project,  a Boston-based non-profit which provides urban youth the opportunity to experience sustainable agriculture.  I am enamored with their commitment to the community and responsible business practices without comprising style and of course, fabulous flavor. Their next Sunday Supper, Fire + Flannel,  is planned for October 30th and should be a must-attend on your calendar…see you there!

Thank you, Ladies, for welcoming me into your community… and I look forward to your next creation.

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the coveted details

This blog post is long overdue… it seems like it was just moments ago that we eloped… and it has been a whirlwind since.  Upon our return from Harbour Island, we hosted an “elopement reception” with our family & closest friends.  We put much thought into the small details – following are just a few of the many that made our celebration so special, along with the vendors that brought the vision to fruition.

Our signature drink sign is penned in white ink on heavy chipboard by the very talented Left Handed Calligrapher - and the stand was made by my husband from driftwood found on Plum Island… a barrier beach that we frequent with our dogs {there are now 3!}.  The perfect cake {a prosecco white cake with strawberry buttercream} was created by Hilary of Eat Cake! – a recent {& fierce!} competitor on Cupcake Wars – and is finished with 7 flags {we were married on the 7th day of the month} made from silk seam binding on simple wooden skewers.  Our announcement, reception invite, mailing labels and menu were all conceptualized by  Up Up Creative … there aren’t enough “thank you’s” for Julie – and I adore the vintage stamps furnished by Verde Studio.

We had two fabulous signature drinks – a sparkling “Hibiscus Hill” and a “Dunmore Margarita” – both named for locations on Harbour Island and both were a huge hit.  The Dunmore Margarita was created by my husband as well.  After many adjustments {& taste testings!}, this ginger & honey margarita was perfected and his recipe follows…

Dunmore Margarita

1 1/2 oz. Milagro Reposado tequila
3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 oz. ginger & honey simple syrup

When making the simple syrup on the stovetop, add enough ginger root to give the syrup a real good “zip”…  serve over ice in a rocks glass with the rim finished in a Himalayan pink sea salt… cheers!

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studio on tour – Eat Cake!

My first stop on White Loft Studio’s “studio on tour” series is Eat Cake! – a boutique bakery right in the heart of Newburyport.  Eat Cake! has a cult following for their daily cupcake offerings which often sell out long before the day is done…… they also produce beautiful custom cakes for parties and weddings and much in-between.  A big thank you to Hilary and her small army of cake artisans that welcomed me into their kitchen for some behind-the-scenes shooting.