This summer has flown by. Mostly because I was having fun. It began with a workshop on the Art of Cooking with Flowers and ended with one on The Art of the Harvest (more on that one coming soon). Just like that, spring became late summer and here we are now with the back-to-school buzz and shadows that are stretching a little longer. I taught four workshops over the summer and met a countless number of neighbors and kindred spirits. I feel full and happy with all that has transpired over the past few months. To start, I worked on a lovely workshop hosted and styled by the talented Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something. Her work along with others I follow from afar are a regular source of inspiration for my own work.
I taught the workshop portion of the gathering at LaMontagne at Bluemont. It began with an edible flower tasting. We then made flower petal summer rolls, strawberry-rose jam, and lavender-infused vinegar. After cooking and snacking together, we sat down for a lovely dinner outside. The charming ladies behind Huckle and Goose cooked a fantastic meal of heritage pork, charred asparagus with chopped parmesan pesto, butter-braised potatoes, a kale microgreen salad with baby tulips, and a scented geranium-rhubarb polenta cake. Oh, my!
One of the most beautiful parts of contributing to this event was meeting all the other incredibly talented and generous women who put their skills and expertise to use to make the evening truly one-of-a-kind and memorable. Sweet Root Village captured the gathering perfectly and took all of the photos in this post. Petals and Hedges created the floral decor. And Melinda of Knead and Know brought her delicious baguettes.
The workshop and dinner was featured on Style Me Pretty where you can read more about how the event came together as well as see a full list of the brands that contributed take-aways and produce for the dinner. More photos, below.