A Real Winter Wonderland

The holidays bring about my favorite catering projects each year. I love the big meals and the detail in every garnish, pastry, and sparkling chocolate. Imagining elaborate presentations for my clients allows me connect deeply to the season, and then share my feelings through my work. I draw on memories of my grandparents' incredible decorations and lavish parties, seeing the illustrious and imaginative Saks Fifth Avenue holiday window displays in Manhattan, the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Yule Log burn and the 50 state trees in Washington DC, and countless performances of the Nutcracker. Each party feels like wrapping a gift, and watching the receiver open it with wonder and delight. 

Here are some of my favorite images from December, 2017. May the New Year bring you love, community, success, travel, and expansive new experiences! 

Natuzzi Italia Launch at Hold it Contemporary Home

Each year at the San Diego Architectural Foundation's Orchids and Onions Celebration, Mike at Hold It Contemporary Home takes the year's selected backdrop like an outdoor downtown courtyard, or the SDMA's sculpture garden under its stunning midcentury arches and Malcolm Leland gates, and creates elegant, inviting arrangements of modern furniture from his studio's collection. So, things could only get better, by going to the source. Home Kitchen Culture was delighted to provide highly crafted hors d'oeuvres and desserts for Mike's launch of a gorgeous line of designer furniture: Natuzzi Italia. Special thanks to the inimitable Snake Oil Cocktail Company for the luscious cocktails and for charming everyone, including me!

Special thanks to the incredible Barbara Smith for snapping up the whole thing into pictures. 

To San Diego Symphony, with Love

If you know me personally and you run into me anywhere between September and May, you'll know that I talk about the symphony all the time. HKC is honored to have partnered with Snake Oil Cocktail Company to provide catering services for such an important cultural institution for three years running. But beyond that, the people, music, and vibrant energy of Copley Symphony Hall have become such a rich part of my life. Because my family brought their musical heritage with them from Eastern Europe, many of my cousins on the East Coast were classically trained and have professional music careers. Music of all genres was always important in our homes.

I love the moment after a long week when I tuck into my seat in the dark hall and give over two hours to a completely different space- an emotional and intellectual language from another time that's just as articulate and relevant now as when it was written. I always hope my enthusiasm will spill into the community and more friends will join me there and find their own relationship to the programming. Here are some photos of the magical hall...

Yves Saint Laurent and Chiara Ferragni in a long L.A. night

I never know exactly who the client will be when I provide catering services for the extremely talented director Charles Bergquist and his studio, but that's part of what I like about it. When I see the finished work, I'm always lit up to have contributed in some small part to the production of something pretty amazing. That's the point of doing what I love for a living, right? 

The Blonde Salad by Chiara Ferragni and Yves San Laurent Fragrances: Rock L.A. Nights