Summer, eat out of doors.

In my cookbook, I talk about an amazing party my parents threw every July 4th. It was the “best ever” every year. We celebrated exactly on the day, and it was a consistently well orchestrated potluck for over one hundred and fifty guests. I reminisce about that party every summer and when the opportunity arises to share a meal outside, I am all over it.

In this beautiful al fresco wedding, the bride, also a gardener, used handmade seed packets as escort cards. Cute! And outdoorsy! This event was held exclusively outside until it was time for dancing.

Just last week,  we made a beautiful plant based celebration for Muir Ranch.  Abut one hundred and forty guests enjoyed a six course meal  in the farm field behind Muir High School in Pasadena.

 It was a glorious event. Kids were running around, food was shared, elixir was mixed and everyone had the best night of the summer.  There was a delightful musician, Eric Kufs, and it all came together  to make a magical experience. Right here in our city, outside.

The menu featured produce from the ranch.  I was thrilled to feature several recipes from “Who Wants Seconds?” I think my recipe for ratatouille is the best ever, and so is the Catalan Gazpacho. My crazy great zucchini butter featured years ago on food 52 was a huge rave, and my friend Davey made a delicious whole wheat batard. F A N T A S T I C.

We ended with some peach crunch (also in the book!!)  from Top Notch Farm.  It was the kind of party that had little bits of perfect in so many ways.  Mostly though, I think being outside was the best part.

Good times were had by all and everyone ate well!  That is a spectacular night in my world!

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