Veggies on a Sunny Afternoon

Had the best time at my friend Jenni Kayne’s house on Saturday.  I met Jenni when I did her wedding almost four years ago.  Jenni has the most exquisite taste on the planet, no joke, so working on her wedding was sheer joy.

Anyway, Jenni and Richard’s new house is not to be believed, just sublime.  Every piece of art, furniture, and detail were unreal.  Jenni hosted an event for The Garden School Foundation, an incredible foundation that raises money to provide kids and their families with fresh fruits and vegetables that the kids actually grow.  It was a family event so I took my three year old son, Levi, who didn’t want to have his face painted, but enjoyed ravishing a slice of pizza from Nancy Silverton’s Pizzeria Mozza, one of my favorite places to eat in this town for sure.  On our way out I snapped this photo of the sweet tables arranged by interior designer Nathan Turner.  I love the burlap table cloths and the red folding chairs together.  Great centerpiece of seasonal vegetables on a tiered galvanized aluminum tray.

LACMA Dinner

Baked Potato "Parfait"

Last weekend we got to work on an incredible dinner for the LACMA collector’s committee.  This is the committee that raises money every year and decides what pieces of art LACMA will procure that year.  Here is the LA Times article about this year’s picks .  We don’t get to work on small functions most of the time so it was a really nice change of pace.

Stunning Leaf Sculpture by Krislyn Designs

Stunning Stacked Leaf Sculpture

The chef for this particular dinner was Christopher Kostow of the famed Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, one of my favorite places to stay in Napa.

Chef Kostow and the lovely Stefanie Cove

Chef Kostow is uber talented and was so delightful to work with.  The menu included a baked potato “parfait” with Osetra caviar and Beausoleil oyster & a sweetbread canneloni with puffed farro (my favorite grain), glazed morels and truffle broth. Dessert was decadent, foie gras and white chocolate ganache with passion fruit, black walnuts and bananas. The wines were supplied by Bill and Deborah Harlan, of the world renowned Harlan Estate and Bond Estates, who were equally delightful.  The spectacular table setting was designed by the always talented and ultra imaginative Krislyn Komarov of Krislyn Designs.  The centerpieces included real vine branches (very apropos, n’est ce pas?) with delicate oyster mushrooms. The vines were surrounded by dainty glass votives.  It looked incredible as the evening fell.

Centerpiece at Dusk

Mad for Mad Men

We were lucky enough to do a phenomenal party recently — it was a 60th birthday party with a swanky 1960s theme (think “Mad Men”). We already loved the TV show, so we were so excited to be able to do a party based on it. The party was held at the birthday gal’s home in Santa Monica. We transformed a tent in her front yard into a moody supper club complete with custom banquette seating, wood paneling, 1960s-era wallpaper, and authentic sconces and wood-veneer chandeliers.

No detail was left out. Guests were welcomed into the tent by a tuxedo-clad greeter, candy cigarettes were passed out by a tray-toting cigarette girl, and framed headshots of 1960s stars were “signed” with birthday wishes. There was even an Arne Jacobsen egg chair in the photobooth…amazing.

Our favorite part of the party, though, were the hilarious and moving surprise videos, which were played on an oversized plasma screen that had been framed out to look like an old-fashioned tv set. To our surprise, and the surprise of many guests, one video showed that the birthday gal and her loving partner had gotten married the night before — after 25 years together!